Cimarrona started by accident. It was after a long and arduous backpacking trip in the summer of 2004. Leslie was washing everything and by accident threw in her favorite wool backpacking sweater. What came out that day was the first of many felted wool sweaters that she would repurpose into new goods. Over the Christmas holiday in 2004 she fashioned that sweater into a hat, giving birth to a business and numerous trips to thrift stores to harvest discarded wool, cashmere, angora and alpaca sweaters. Selected for their color, pattern or unique details- these sweaters are machine felted and given new life as hats, scarves and accessories here at Cimarrona. Named for Leslie’s favorite backpacking destination outside of Pagosa Springs, CO; her studio is located in Denton, Texas.  Since 2004, Cimarrona’s line of hats has grown to include over a dozen hat styles, and numerous accessories- making use of practically every bit and scrap of wool.


Leslie at work in one of her favorite thrift store locations