The writer Tom Junod once ruminated on the sartorial axioms he learned from his father. First among those was the dictum, “The turtleneck is the most flattering thing a man can wear.”
While I disagree with the elder Junod, I can see the turtleneck’s virtues. It doesn’t simply frame the face; it serves as a pedestal on which a man’s visage rests.
I recently purchased a turtleneck from Ramblers Way Farm, the Kennebunk, Maine producer of wool clothing. It’s made of Rambouillet wool sourced from American ranches. While it isn’t quite as soft as Australian merino, the turtleneck’s fabric still has a relatively silky hand. Lightweight, it’s ideal for layering.
Ramblers Way was founded by Tom and Kate Chappell, the same couple who, in 1970, started Tom’s of Maine.
In many respects, Ramblers Way embodies everything a company should be.
Not only does Ramblers Way manufacture all of its products in the United States, but it also sources its wool domestically. With an ardent commitment to environmental stewardship, it makes every effort to minimize its ecological footprint. It uses wool only from sheep raised on organic farms with a strong concern for their welfare. And it contributes a slice of its profits to community, environmental and conservation causes.