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Silje Vatne Ersland is the Norwegian designer and founder of Kattnakken. Silje is native to the island of Stord, on the Norwegian West Coast. This rainy part of Norway calls for high quality rain clothes, and during yet another walk in the mountains, Silje decided to go solo. She wanted to make her own unique brand of warm and comfortable outdoor clothes for children. The brand was established in 2013 and named after her favorite local mountain, Kattnakken rising 724 meters above sea level. As childrens’ development and learning happens 24/7, and the kids love to play “as cats” (katt in Norwegian), Silje decided the name was perfect.
Silje already had 12 years of experience designing and producing outerwear from other Norwegian brands such as Troll Company and Reflex. Kattnakken soon became a popular name and brand with children of all ages in Norway and the rest of Scandinavia. “My clothes are made for having fun”, is Silje’s motto. Comfort and durability is key when designing and producing Kattnakken and a major part of the success of this young company.