So here's a quandary. The temperature is chilly, whether inside your office or outside in the brisk, fresh air, but you don't need to bundle up to the nose and aren't willing to sacrifice style for comfort. You have standards, after all. So what's a fashionista to do? Take our advice and reach for a superfine wool ruana woven by Kerry Woollen Mills in Ireland. And to up the style factor, make it this extra-soft, never-scratchy ruana in a gorgeously elegant charcoal gray check pattern. Just like that, quandary solved.
• Crafted from 85% lamb's wool and 15% nylon
• Colors include charcoal gray, dove gray, and white woven in check pattern
• Approximately 72" long and 54" wide
• One size fits all
• Dry-clean only
• Designed, woven, and manufactured by Kerry Woollen Mills
• Imported from Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
Did You Know? The word "ruana" comes from a Spanish word meaning woolen garment. Although similar in concept to a cape, a ruana's front and back panels are of equal lengths, and the sleeves are not stitched together. This design allows the wearer to throw one, or both, panels over the opposite shoulder.
About the Artists. Kerry Woollen Mills, situated on the Ring of Kerry on Ireland's Atlantic coast, has been creating fabrics and yarn from fine wool for more than 300 years. One of the last surviving traditional woollen mills still manufacturing in the beautiful Kerry countryside, it is set in a rural location with many of the 300-year-old buildings still standing and functional. In 1904, the mill was bought by the Eadie family, and it continues under the fourth generation of family ownership today.