Meet Stephen - Minus33® Merino Wool Clothing

Meet Stephen

About Stephen

Stephen grew up in New York State’s Adirondack Park: a woodsman’s playground  complete with mountains to hike, horses to ride, and lakes to sail. After graduating from University, he utilized his sailing background to hop onto a massive schooner in the Caribbean Basin and worked on boats as a means of travel to see the world. He has divided his time between the Caribbean, Nantucket, and New York City before moving to Southern California where he now makes a living as a Sailing Captain.
As a lover of the warm, Stephen is also a lover of wool. Nothing keeps you warmer, even when it’s wet! If you look at Stephen’s first written story for Minus33, you can find out just why Wool is such an important thing to him. It saved his life.
“I enjoy Rock-climbing, Yoga, Sailing, Biking, Skiing, Camping, and Rowing. Most of these activities are outside and there is no better place to be outside than in Southern California. The weather allows for it more than any other place. Whether you are biking along the beaches of Santa Monica Bay, or taking a camping trip into one of the hundreds of nearby canyons, there is something about the outdoors that connects you with the fundamental idea that we are connected to this Earth.”

Favorite Minus33 Product: Acadian Men’s Lightweight Wool Boxer Brief. “Never feel swampy again!”


Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, wool saved my life: Part II

Wool Saved My Life: Part II



So here I am, standing with one boot on, on an abandoned dock with no one around for miles.


I am out of the water but I am not out of the woods. I ran up to house to which the dock belonged and did my best to kick down the glass door on their back porch with my ski boot. They must have had some beastly installation because my kicks did not even make a dent. I looked around and saw some distance away another cottage, and made my way.

Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, wool saved my life: Part II

Wool Saved My Life: Part I

It was a morning like any other.


Just your typical Upstate New York polar vortex bringing the air temperature somewhere well below zero. It was however, a gorgeous day with blue skies and green pines and there was fresh snow on the ground. I decided to go for a jaunt on cross country skis through our family’s backwoods out to the lake for some crisp air and exercise. Because it was so cold, I layered up. I put on some Wool Knee Socks with long underwear and topped with a wool sweater, jacket and cap to keep me cozy as I began to traverse the woodland trail.