12. 11. 2008
Ugly duckling (and cheap!) ragg socks now for fashionistas too
I dip into fashion mags now and again--mostly, I confess, for the humor. Largely unintended, or so I hope--although sometimes I suspect the folks who write the copy are having a laugh, too.
So this example, which I think may be serious, is from T Magazine, an occasional section of the New York TImes. It's a poem to the most down-home of cold-weather apparel: socks and other clothing made of ragg wool. Author Bruce Pask explains what ragg is, although not where the name came from, nor the fact that there's ragg cotton too.
This must be T Magazine's indirect acknowledgment of the world's present financial chaos. Ragg is a fine choice. I never thought of it as a high-fashion fabric, but it's reasonably priced, durable, and wonderfully warm. It's thick though, so if it's ragg socks you acquire, your shoes will need to be accommodating.
Ragg apparel has always been an inexpensive gift of comfort for folks who live in cold places. On more than one Christmas morning, I have torn open a package of ragg socks with little glad cries of joy. Now, thanks to T Magazine, even fashionistas can give ragg presents with confidence.
Despite Pask's high-style endorsement, don't expect to find ragg items at Saks or Bergdorf's. Instead try L.L. Bean or Lands' End, which have mostly socks in both wool and cotton. Or, for rock-bottom prices but limited selection, Sierra Trading Post, which at the moment has mostly gloves.