Who are we

The fashion brand Close to my heart is born and founded in 2011, in Nepal. The head designer Siv Katralen was trekking in the high mountains of Himalaya, and came back with the proto type of the shawl which today is known as Mie Grand. A small production was made, showed to some of the best boutiques in Norway and became an immediate success, the rest is good history. Our collections is contemporary classics, often with surprising details.


We take pride in knowing the factories, not only the owners, we also know who weave our shawls and who knit our sweaters. Many operations are done by hand, it takes time but gives each garment a special look when it´s made on hand knit machines.

Our promise

We choose to use more or less only natural fibres, like Cashmere, Merino wool, Cotton, Silk and Linen. Our designs are clean, basic with a twist in numerous colours. Nepal is our DNA, we will never take our production out of Nepal!


What does it mean? It´s Siv´s lucky number! Born 8th July Proposed to 8th of March Married 8th of June Gave birth to Mia 8th of February. Came on the Norwegian market August 2015. Head designer is Karolina Anna Kamola, graduated from Esmod in 2014. She came to 4knits as an intern to assist Siv with the design of Close to my heart right after her graduation, and is now responsible for The8th. The8th is more edgy, but still a contemporary brand with some of the same fundamental ideas as Close to my heart. It´s all about everyday jersey and knits, the garments you like to put on when you want a relaxed and comfortable outfit.


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