BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Skida is Swedish for, "to go for a ski." One woman has given the word Skida a whole new meaning thanks to her Made in Vermont headwear and accessories.
This Burlington shop is Corinne Prevot's dream space. "To be able to have retail, our fulfillment offices here -- which is pretty cool to be able to do that in Burlington," Prevot said.
Prevot has come a long way since selling her hand sewn hats during races at Burke Mountain Academy. "We showed up with a shoebox of hats basically and sold what we had out of a van," she said.
Prevot was a nordic skier there before heading off to Middlebury College. "It's just been a huge learning experience. I get to do a lot of different things and I'm learning how to cover a lot of basses," she said.
Skida is now in its tenth year. Prevot's products can be found in 90 retail stores in Vermont and 270 nationwide. "Our designs are really unique and fun and colorful and recognizable at this point," she said. "It's always been that moisture wicking breathable fabric that's technical. It's different than a knit hat, so it has a different performance element to it."
Anyone checking out the performances at the Beast World Cup in Killington during Thanksgiving weekend probably saw Skida there too. Hats were being sold in the Kelly Brush Foundation booth. "That's just been a cool way to help those organization's brand and promote their cause," Prevot said.
These pieces of headwear and accessories are sewn in Glover. "The Made in Vermont aspect is really critical for us, just I think is the coolest thing about the brand," she said.
That brand, Skida, started in a shoebox and evolved into something that only this entrepreneur could dream up.