Driven by Nature
First, there was ice
When the last ice age finally ended more than 10.000 years ago, Norway was one of the last countries to be released from its frozen grip. The retracting ice left behind deep, lush valleys and thus, the unique and rugged Norwegian nature was created. The early population moved up here learned to live as part of nature.
The wet climate of Norway’s west coast combined with the glaciers created countless rivers and waterfalls, winding their way from the mountains to the North Sea. While the harsh climate and rugged nature had people facing countless challenges, it also left them with an abundance of opportunities.
A perfect match
Sheep were among the first animals to be domesticated. Through ingenuity and craftmanship, the unique properties of wool soon offered humans invaluable protection from the elements.
Without hydroelectric power and wool Dale of Norway could not have existed. Since the very beginning in 1879, the local Bergsdal river has powered our factory at Dale. Our factory is still situated a mere stone’s throw from the river that powers the transformation from wool to ready garments.
Inspired by nature
Due to the cold winters, Norway has a long tradition in wool and knitwear. This provides us with a rich heritage of beautiful patterns inspired by nature and history. Some patterns we keep unaltered, others are transformed into new, contemporary designs.
The insulating and moisture wicking properties of wool allows us to respectfully explore the powers of nature, even when the weather conditions are far from ideal. We love being in the great outdoors, regardless of weather. If only a few of us live off the land, we all live in it.
The Next Generation
Wool is one of the keys to a more sustainable future. With a persistent focus on making high-quality, long-lasting garments of 100% wool, our collections are designed to last, design-wise and quality-wise. Our annual collection launch is equally focused on the continuation of our classic bestsellers. And just as important: If you take proper care of your Dale-garment, you’ll be able to able to pass it on to the next generation.