Our Story

 

Jill & Ari

 
I am a 1st generation free range kid and can't imagine life any other way. For the past few years, I have been sharing my love of the great outdoors with my grandson, Ari.

Front packs and and backpacks for babies and toddlers are a great way to take them on the trail with you, but keeping a blanket wrapped around a carrier is no small feat.

One afternoon while hiking with Ari happily bopping down the trail in the Osprey Backpack, the late day storms came in earlier then I expected. His little blanket kept being blown off by the wind and wasn't keeping him warm. I took off my jacket, turned it upside down, slipped his little legs into the jacket sleeves, zipped it up and loaded him back into the carrier. We headed down the trail and when we got to the car Ari was warm and toasty. It was my "aha" moment! I wanted to create a "hands free" blanket. Slip them in and they stay bundled until you take them out. It doesn't fly off, slip off, or blow away in the wind. As busy moms and dads it's nice to only have to do something once and not worry about it!

My first designs for the original TrailHopper TrailBlanket came shortly thereafter.

After much love and support from my local community and throughout Colorado, I decided to turn my hobby of sewing TrailBlanket for friends into a business. With that, koseligkids was born.

Koselig is Norwegian for "cozy", which is how many little ones refer to feeling in their TrailBlanket. Living in Colorado forces you to endure extreme and changing elements, and many locals have adopted a cultural mantra from Scandinavian origin that says "there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes". That lies at the heart of why I started this business. 

koseligkids' ever evolving product line is my way of helping parents easily get their little ones dressed for a perfect day exploring, regardless of the season or where the journey leads you.

The world has changed, but for me, sharing my love with my grandson while hiking a new trail, beaching a boat on a small island, or just lying in the grass looking for animals in the clouds are the best days ever.

Here's to knowing your little one is protected, warm, and comfy when they explore!

JillJill Thornton

Jill has over 40 years of sewing experience. Her mother taught her how to sew at the age of 10. She would often buy clothing but wanted it to look different, or have a different function. She grew up repurposing garments to expand their function. She has always loved experimenting with different fabrics, colors, and textures.

Her extensive experience in sewing and having raised three boys positions her to creatively develop new lines of high performance children’s garments that effectively protect them from various weather conditions.