The weather is slowly growing colder in North Carolina but there was a time a few weeks back when it was warmer, and walking barefoot on the beach felt like a solid option to be explored.
If "the beach" has never topped your list of fall plans, I might recommend you change your tune. There's something about being at the beach while everyone else is looking at leaves that makes you feel like you're cheating the system. It's nice.
Our weather was nice but then again, an added layer of warmth was still needed – it being fall and all. And so I brought a sweater along for the trip.
I've been living in my Jesse Kamm cropped pants, Brookes Boswell Boro hat, and KULE Striped Shirt lately. Adding to this 'uniform' is a new sweater from Appalatch. Made by the incredible Grace Gouin and Mariano deGuzman Jr. who are just down the road in the mountain city of Asheville, my classic black, crewneck sweater is made of 100% alpaca yarn and is soft but strong in a way that's hard to describe.
I won't go on about Appalatch and their high-tech production methods (just Google them – plenty of other folks already have, thanks to a 2013 Kickstarter that raised over $55,000) but know that the team at Appalatch makes their sweaters using a knitting machine that 3D prints every piece to your specific measurements.
I'm never taking mine off.
(Real talk, for a minute. I receive product as gifts from time to time and I come across a lot of cool things on a daily basis. I stick to rules of never writing about anything that I don't genuinely think is worthy of attention, but I was blown away when I spoke to Mariano and Grace about their custom-printed sweaters that are made from what we could almost call a knitting vending machine. Is this the future or what?)
And go to the beach this fall or winter, for heaven's sake. You won't regret it.