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Turtleson Stories

Learn more from those who speak Turtleson.

From their storefront in the heart of Main Street, Jim and Amy D’Alessio dress the men and women of Essex, Connecticut for work, weddings, wine tastings, and everything in between.

Retail can be a tough business, but J. Alden Clothiers long ago cemented its status as a local institution.


“Other stores come and go, but J. Alden carries on in fine style,” said one loyal customer.

His kids know their father is a powerhouse instructor and can be a formidable boss, but at the end of the day he’s not Randy Smith, PGA Hall of Famer at home. He’s still the same guy who gave them a place to grow up at Royal Oaks and zipped to their activities in a club golf cart.

We're big fans of the men and women who run the specialty stores that carry Turtleson apparel.

After all, those shopkeepers are the ones taking care of customers in person, making sure they look and feel amazing in their clothes every day.

And guess what? Despite what you may have heard, the internet hasn't wiped out the joy of face-to-face shopping, and men still care about the way they look.

So let us introduce you to our friend Matt Guarnieri from Mac & Clay in Lexington, Kentucky. Even though he's busy dressing clients for horse racing season, we caught up with Matt to chat about his store and his passion for men’s apparel.

In the summer of 1981, a young Greg Oakley heard a faint rustling in the woods. He followed the sound and discovered an old box turtle clutching a worn, yellowed piece of paper in its mouth.

Oakley gently fetched the paper from the turtle, and when he unfolded the paper he discovered an intricate design for a new type of performance polo. He looked back down and the turtle had vanished, but Oakley’s destiny had snapped into focus...

Is the popover the most versatile shirt you’ll ever own?

Menswear expert Robert Blanton thinks so.

With a decade of experience dressing clients at Wm. King Clothiers, Robert says their custom popovers, as well as those from Polo Ralph Lauren, Sid Mashburn, and Turtleson are perennial best sellers.

“The popover is the most versatile shirt we do,” he said. “The shirt itself adds a bit of flair if you’re wearing it with a sport coat and no tie.”

“It gives you something you might find a little more interesting than a full-placket dress shirt.”

“But we love a popover because you can also dress it down so easily,” he said. “It’s so versatile.”

This week we’re making our 12th appearance at the PGA Show in Orlando. In the world of golf equipment and apparel, it’s the biggest event of the year, with over 1,000 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees.

For the pro shops and specialty stores that carry Turtleson, it’s a chance for them to preview our Fall 2023 line and buy the stock you’ll see in their stories later in the year. For us, it’s a chance to grow relationships face-to-face...just the way we like it.

Our co-founder Chet Sikorski has been building connections at the PGA Show since 2001. We caught up with Chet for a few minutes during the last hours of show prep to talk about the significance of one of the industry’s biggest events.

On Point for 2023 with Jared Wolfe & Doug Barron

A new year means new possibilities, new goals, and new priorities. We spoke with players Jared Wolfe and Doug Barron about their goals for 2023.

Pro golfer Paul Haley II had a sizzling season in 2022 on the Korn Ferry Tour, culminating with a win at the Memorial Health Championship in July and securing his spot on the PGA Tour for the 2023 season.

With career highlights that include winning the Texas Amateur and the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at Georgia Tech, Paul learned the game under the instruction of iconic coach Randy Smith, who has also trained the likes of Justin Leonard and Scottie Scheffler.

We caught up with Paul after a practice round at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico to talk about life on and off the course.

Curating a wardrobe for the modern

We spoke with a local retailer of Turtleson, William King who owns William King Clothiers. He discusses how to dress the modern man.

Styling the Nate Quarter-zip with Chris Warren

In this quick video, VP of Sales and Merchandising Chris Warren shows you three different ways to style this new patterned performance quarter-zip.

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