In 1978, soon after relocating from the Napa Valley, Elizabeth and Patrick VanDyke started the North Star Trading Company. Crafting their new ideas right out of the living room of their house atop Queen Anne hill in Seattle, they took to the tables in the north arcade of the Pike Place Market and began selling the first iterations of the amazing slippers and hats North Star continues to make today. As time marched on, Liz and Pat grew tired of the city life and wanted more room for their young children, Kate and Nick, to grow up. In 1984 they moved to beautiful Whidbey Island and continued to run the business from their new home. Now, many years and many products later, Nick is running the business with the same eye for quality, detail and customer service as his predecessors and bringing into the fold new customers from near and far. North Star has always gone to great lengths to source the best quality shearling and leather for all of their products, and it shows. They are a family business that makes the best sheepskin slippers and hats in the world, and North Star invites you to experience them for yourself.