December 17, 2019

Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.   Since the 1979 opening of the first Rob McIntosh shop, sustainability was  part of the retail philosophy.   So...each blog while definitely related to a retail shop and to products that will help the planet will be great fun for us to write.   We believe in this with every fibre of our existence. 

Today we want to introduce you to Aran Woollen Sweaters.  Originally knit by women from County Galway Ireland to be a protective layer for islander fishermen and farmers, these sweaters were catapulted to fame in the 1950's when Grace Kelly appeared in an Aran sweater on the cover of Vogue Magazine.  

grace kelly aran sweater

These sweaters contain about 100,000 painstakingly constructed stitches each of which has a meaning such as safety and good luck.   The wool, Merino wool, does not itch-it is softer and finer and smaller in size than the traditional wool fibres making it blend together to last and last and last.   This is a natural, non-synthetic product totally in sync with those wanting to not create any damage to the planet.  

One wears their Aran sweater for years and years;   each wearing makes the sweater look better and better.  This is definitely not a short term investment but one which will bring happiness for a long time.   We are thrilled to carry a wide range of styles and sizes that look equally as great on a man or woman.

In 2017, New York's Museum of Modern art sponsored the "IS FASHION MODERN" exhibition.   The Aran sweater was chosen as one of 111 clothing and accessories that have influenced fashion over the last 100 years.   

Totally sustainable.  Our type of product.   You will love these sweaters.

There are many ways to be sustainable.   Let's try them all.




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