Farm-to-Closet Inspiration: Muriel’s of Vermont
On a warm, late-summer afternoon we met Laura Jacoby, co-founder of Muriel’s of Vermont, to pick up a few remaining cotton sweaters from our order. After oohing and ahhing over the sweaters, we got a sneak peek of their Farm-to-Closet collection featuring stunningly soft wool pieces made from fiber sourced from local farms, including two Vermont gems: Settlement Farm and Shelburne Farms. Needless to say, we placed a bigger order.
Muriel’s is a sustainable clothing line made in Vermont by Laura and her son, Cyrus. Cyrus designs and machine knits the collection in their basement, and Laura hand finishes each piece.
Laura was wearing one of their cotton knit styles, the Textured Boatneck sweater in sea foam when we met her. It had a wide neck that elegantly framed her face, and bell sleeves that were wearable but added a novelty touch. The fabric had a unique knit and added a fun texture with visual interest. It fell delicately from the body, grazing but not hugging.
Muriel’s collection is made in small batches with a small carbon footprint. The wool is gently scoured with a low chemical process and spun into fine fibers on machine spinners. Each fiber has to be reassessed as the property of the wool from different sheep has a different thickness and feel. Each garment is unique and each design takes hours to create and perfect. Often small pieces of vegetation are still slightly embedded in the fabric or if a stitch is dropped in knitting, Laura will pick it up by hand and complete the stitch. Each “imperfection” adds to the specialness of every piece produced.
Currently, Muriel creates a winter collection from local New England yarns and a summer collection made from recycled and organic cotton.
Addie & Grace is one of the only brick-and-mortar shops to carry the collection. We discovered the line while searching for slow fashion lines to bring into the store. We believe that sustainable clothing can be beautiful, timeless, AND made responsibly.
We’ll soon offer Muriel’s sweaters on our website and in-store when we open later this month. We hope you get yours while they last!