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Why We Named Our Summer Sweater The Big Sur

A limited edition summer sweater unique as the natural beauty it's based on.
June 23, 2022
By Slater McLean

2022 Limited Edition Summer Sweaters

Everything you need to know about SeaCell, organic cotton, and why we're blending these materials to make a limited edition summer sweater named the Big Sur.

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I (Slater) went to college at Cal Poly on the central coast of California. Some people call it the Harvard of the West, but that's neither here nor there.

Big Sur was in our backyard, and every weekend that wasn't spent studying was spent exploring the incredible coastline of Big Sur.

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My adventures didn't stop at the coastline; they extended deep into the cold, unforgiving great white shark-infested waters. We'd spend all day swimming and snorkeling through the seaweed forests there.

With a careful eye, we could find the perfect number of rocks on the beach to counteract the buoyancy of our wetsuits, allowing us to float just beneath the seaweed effortlessly. It's the closest I will ever get to visiting an alien planet.

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The more time I spent underwater, allowing the waves to push and pull me from one location to another, the more I learned to appreciate the lack of control over the environment around me. 

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In a way, my appreciation for that force of nature is a core philosophy behind Oliver Charles. So much of life is out of control, but one thing we can control is what we choose to wear.

Thus the things we choose to wear should be able to withstand the ever-present, uncontrollable waves of life.

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So when we discovered SeaCell, we knew it was the perfect material for our summer sweater.

Not only because it's 50% more breathable than cotton with 50+ SPF UV protection...

...or because it's arguably the world's most sustainable material, producing 0 waste.

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No, the real reason it's the perfect material for our summer sweaters is because of the stories we'll tell while wearing them...

The stories we'll remember for the rest of our lives, all witnessed by our favorite summer sweaters. 

If you believe that every good wardrobe starts with owning less and owning better, consider buying yourself an OLIVER CHARLES sweater.
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