My name is Inga Remeikė, and I produce alpaca wool knitwear for kids and babies with help from my small team here in Kaunas, Lithuania. My line is called Ingugu.
I studied theory and history of arts; after graduation, I worked an ordinary, full-time office job. It wasn’t until I went on maternity leave that I thought about starting my own business. I had recently moved to an old town, and I was feeling inspired by all the art galleries and shops there. After working at an office for so long, my passion to express myself and be creative was so big that I felt like I had just woken up from a long dream.
Soon, I remembered my old passion for knitting, and I decided to make something nice and warm for my new baby. When I went to the yarn shop, they recommended alpaca wool, as it’s the warmest, softest yarn for the cold Lithuanian winter. Enamored with the feel of the fiber, I started doing some research and learned that there weren’t many places to find alpaca clothing Lithuania – or internationally. The more I thought about it, the more it kept me up at night. Luckily, I met a professional knitter named Alė who helped me bring my vision to life. We were both driven by the same idea: to create something special.
The first step of starting Ingugu was opening my Etsy shop. As my sales grew, I started to think of Etsy as an open door to international customers; it gave me the opportunity to be seen globally and be featured on a number of well-known blogs. Selling on Etsy also gave me the freedom to decide whether I wanted to take a break or jump into action. I’m quite a homebody, and I find great joy making knits alone at home; after a few attempts to make Ingugu a bigger business, I came to the conclusion that being small is what makes me happiest.
All of our knits are made with knitting machines. I take great care to wash each piece with mild shampoo before sewing everything together, attaching labels, and so forth. Our busy period is usually during fall and winter, so I spend the spring thinking of new designs and shooting photographs with my talented photographer, Svetlana Batura. My daughters love to be involved during each and every step of the process as well – they help me design, test and model my pieces. As they grow, my size ranges grow as well; I think in the future, I may also explore a knitwear clothing line for women. In the meantime, I’m all about kids’ fashion and enjoying the work.
Photographs by Svetlana Batura.