Leones Sweet Shot & Firestarter
Great review from Sadie Greenhalgh
Leones Sweet Shot & Firestarter review
Omnifera is a family run machine woven wrap company, focusing on producing luxury, high end wraps in very limited releases. They are based in the Czech Republic, with Jana being the company’s founder, model, and designer. She is also an architect, and this fact shines through in her style where the overall aesthetic of the label is minimal, fresh, and modern.
It didn’t take me long to realise how important quality and luxury fibre choices were to Omnifera, and I could recognise a fellow fibre junkie from a mile off! Jana is dedicated to procuring the finest yarns available, and ethical sourcing is of great importance to her. She cares deeply, both about ecology and the babies being worn. So when Jana contacted me asking if I’d be interested to play with a couple of their testers, I was intrigued and more than happy to oblige.
I received two long wraps in the Leones (lions) design, in different colourways and blends. Jana is so pleasant to chat with and I really liked the ethos of the company so I was also hoping I’d feel the same about the wraps. I didn’t need to worry though, as soon as I opened the package and inspecting them, the high quality was immediately evident; I could see it in the weave, in the level of finish, and I could feel it in the fabrics. I like that the wraps are completely reversible, with a small tag on each side as a middle marker. The instructional brochure is clear, and also very sweet – I love that a papa and toddler are used as the models. I am not one that normally goes for critters on my wraps, but the lion pattern is geometric and the overall design does an interesting visual flip, rendering the pattern abstract. Over all, things were looking good, but how would the wraps wear?
First, here are the specs of the two testers:
Leones Sweet Shot
52% ELS cotton (Pima & Giza)
34% Extra fine Merino (mulesing free)
14% Mulberry Silk
50% ELS cotton (Pima & Giza)
50% Extra fine Merino (mulesing free)
My wrappee is a freshly turned two year old who (gloriously!) still naps in a back carry. We have given both wraps a good work out, wearing them exclusively a number of times a day for the last week or so. We typically wore for around two hours at a time. We tried Firestarter in a DH freshwater finish, and Ruck tied Tibetan, and Sweet Shot in a FWCC and DH.
Both wraps feel strong, smooth and dense but not overly thick or heavy. They are lovely and wide, perfect for a toddler. I could feel the wool content, but Merino is not a hairy wool, and is in no way prickly, it just lends the wrap all the wonderful wrapping qualities of wool, without the ‘wooliness’! Merino has a lovely give to it too which helps with the moldability, and adds a little bounce, but best of all it is just so SOFT. This softness probably also comes from the use of the luxury Extra Long Staple cottons used. The wraps are quite new, so I can only imagine how they will feel once they are fully broken in!
Sweet Shot contains silk. It’s cool to the touch and has a wonderful drape. The pale pink side in particular has a beautiful sheen to it. I wouldn’t call it slippery, but it had a definite glide that was lovely to work with, letting the passes slide into place, and easy to adjust. I did need to finish the carries off with a full knot to keep the carry secure.
Firestarter has no silk and a higher Merino content so is a little heavier, and I could finish off a carry using a half knot with no problem. Bear with me here while I feel the need to show my age and draw on babywearing history, but the density and weight in hand of Firestarter reminded me immediately of Nati’s cashmere swallows, a wrap that was solid and well loved here.
These wraps in particular would probably suit someone with bigger babies and toddlers as the wraps are denser, nice and wide, and super supportive. Even wearing a toddler for a few hours at a time, I was remarkably comfortable and all my carries stayed put, with no sag and without the need to re-adjust. In my estimation, they both make bombproof toddler wraps. All in all, I am impressed – both with the wraps, and the ethos of the company, and I’m excited to see what Jana has in store for us. I for one will be keeping a close eye on Omnifera!