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How A 75-Year-Old Entrepreneur Is Challenging American Apparel Brands

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How A 75-Year-Old Entrepreneur Is Challenging American Apparel Brands
At 75, Tom Chappell could be enjoying the successes of his entrepreneurial career, notably Tom’s of Maine, which he cultivated for three decades and sold to Colgate. Instead, he is working on introducing sustainability back into the apparel industry with Ramblers Way, which manufactures wool and cotton clothing in the U.S.

Sew it goes: sustainable clothing store opens in the Old Port

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Sew it goes: sustainable clothing store opens in the Old Port
Ramblers Way in Portland’s Old Port employs stitchers who work in the back of the shop creating the upscale clothing that is sold at the front of the shop. The company makes 100 percent organic Merino wool and Pima cotton clothes, all made in America, with some certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard, a designation that verifies sustainability standards are met at each step of the supply chain and production. The store, founded by sustainability pioneer Tom Chappell, is the second to open in Maine. His daughter, Eliza, is the women’s designer and vice president of all four of the company’s retail stores.

Tom's Of Maine: Tom Chappell

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Tom's Of Maine: Tom Chappell
In 1970, Tom Chappell took out a $5000 loan to launch a natural products company called Tom's of Maine. Working out of a warehouse in Kennebunk, Maine, he created soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste free from added chemicals, and sustainable for the environment. When he sold the company three decades later, Tom's of Maine had become one of the largest natural products brands in the world.

The Planet And People-Friendly Holiday Gift

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The Planet And People-Friendly Holiday Gift
Launched by Tom Chappell of Tom’s of Maine, Ramblers Way is an ethical textile brand devoted to bringing back textile manufacturing to New England through wool and cotton clothing. From start to finish, the supply chain is made of ranchers in the West, spinners and dyers in the South and factories in New England. By using only natural materials -- wool and cotton - the clothes can break down after use. Though the pieces may seem pricey, they’re made to last.

From Toothpaste to Wool, An Entrepreneur's Second Act

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From Toothpaste to Wool, An Entrepreneur's Second Act
Ramblers Way was set to open its fourth retail store on Thursday. It’s located in Portland’s Old Port, and it will be followed, if all goes according to plan, by about twenty more stores in cities around the country over the next four or five years. For Tom Chappell, who doesn’t need the headaches or the money that come with running a new business, it is not a sideline. “This,” he says with a chuckle, “is all in.”

Ramblers Way: Sewing Quality, Style, Comfort and Core Values Into Each Garment

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Ramblers Way: Sewing Quality, Style, Comfort and Core Values Into Each Garment
Hanover has been an excellent fit for Ramblers Way, whose target customer is someone who shares their core values: protecting the planet, building community, and conducting business successfully and responsibly while doing good. They choose to wear Ramblers Way clothing not only for its high quality and comfort but also because of how and where it is made and the values that are sewn into every garment.

On the Culture Front: A Gift Guide for the Atypical Father

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On the Culture Front: A Gift Guide for the Atypical Father
Ramblers Way elevates basics like casual shirts by crafting them from high quality wool that’s as smooth as it is thin. Their short and long sleeve shirts have just the right amount of a fitted sculpt making it possible to dress up or down. The biggest thing though is how they make your body feel: like it’s wrapped in silk. This comes from 100% rambouillet wool, similar to merino but with more bounce and refinement.

5 Minutes With… Tom Chappell, CEO and Co-founder of Ramblers Way

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5 Minutes With… Tom Chappell, CEO and Co-founder of Ramblers Way
Ramblers Way is an ethically sourced, American made sustainable clothing company set up in 2009. This week, Emily O’Dowd spoke to Tom Chappell the Founder and CEO of Ramblers Way to find out how he is looking to rejuvenate America’s textile industry by producing garments in the country rather than importing or exporting materials.

Ramblers Way Redoubles Focus on American-Made, Sustainable Clothing

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Ramblers Way Redoubles Focus on American-Made, Sustainable Clothing
Ramblers Way, an ethically sourced, American-made sustainable clothing company announced today an extensive rebrand across the company along with the new tagline ‘Clothing for a Good Life.’ The new brand look and feel embodies Ramblers Way’s commitment to protect the planet, support local economies and build its business based on lifelong values.