RALPH LAUREN SURPRISES EASTERN OREGON SHEEP FARMER, SOURCING WOOL AND YARN FOR WINTER OLYMPICS TEAM USA

Jeanne Carver had just completed chores at the Imperial Stock Ranch when the phone rang. It was a clear, beautiful July 2012 day in Oregon’s high desert. Carver sat on her porch with her phone. The caller got to the point, firing questions at Carver about the sheep ranch and wool operation she runs with her husband, Dan Carver. The caller asked so many detailed questions about Imperial’s wool yarn that Carver figured she was talking with an independent yarn shop – the ranch sells its yarn to 300 shops across the country. But she finally asked the caller’s identity. “I’m with product development with Ralph Lauren in New York.”

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