The weather of New England is a challenge. The winters can be long, the spring can be wet, and even summer days can switch betweens sweltering hot and thunderous rain within an instant. We get the seasons here in all of their glory and horror, and we learn to thrive outside, regardless of the conditions. In these sojourns, there is a saying that I am fond of using, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.”
For that reason, amongst others, I love buying clothes from Ibex. The company is based in Vermont, and has been a popular brand for those who’d go outdoors in the unpredictable weather that surrounds New England. They specialize in wool clothing that adapts well to a variety of temperatures. I would not wear Ibex wool for the height of summer, but on cool spring nights, windy fall days, and frosty winter mornings, they have never let me down. Also for those of us who think of wool in terms of bulky, itchy sweaters, Ibex’s new take on it is a bit of a revelation. It is sleek, soft on the skin, and well-fitted; an updated take in the way that New Englanders are good at: improving classics in ways that are respectful yet modern.