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Vermont Teddybear Company to produce mittens inspired by Bernie

Jen Ellis

By Brooke Geery

Second-grade teacher Jen Ellis’s handmade, upcycled mittens set the Internet ablaze after they were worn by Sen. Bernie Sanders at the 2021 inauguration. Since she is busy and satisfied with her current career, Ellis has opted against going into full-time mitten production.

But for those who would love to get a pair of their own, good news: Vermont Teddybear Company has announced its partnership with Jen Ellis to produce Vermont Swittens, a portion of the proceeds to benefit Make a Wish Vermont.

Each set of mittens is unique, as they are made from retired wool sweaters and finished with a warm fleece lining made from recycled plastic (similar to the stuffing in VTC’s bears!)

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