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A website that radiates warmth and easy glamour

An Australian e-shop that sells cashmere with a hint of rock’n’roll

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A website that radiates warmth and easy glamour

December 02 2010
Vicki Reeve

One of the best things about the British winter is cosying up in comforting cashmere. At the seriously high end – of both the market and my Christmas wish list – is, of course, Loro Piana with its fabulously luxe woollies including a Baby Cashmere bomber jacket, while Scottish-produced Brora has become my go-to for less expensive, great-quality sweaters that are classic with a hint of nostalgia.

But for a touch of indulgent cool? I’m heading off (virtually speaking) to Australia, where cashmere has been given a hint of rock’n’roll courtesy of Belynda Macpherson’s two-year-old label Banjo & Matilda. From the chunky-yet-slouchy Surfer Cable Knit turtle-neck jumper (first and second pictures, £299) via the elegantly chic Lady Crew (as in neck) with shirring at the waist and cuffs (£99; sale price) to its wear-anywhere Lounging Pants (£189), the effect is of easy glamour. Signature finishes include extra-long sleeves and rolled hems.

If you’re logging on from wintry climes, be warned: you might feel slightly topsy-turvy as you click on to the warm glow of summer in Oz. Hence you’ll find some arrivals in a new summer “eco” yarn Bamboo Blend (85 per cent bamboo, 15 per cent cashmere) such as the cute, cap-sleeved stripy Driving Cardigan (third picture, £179) and the über-glam, single-shoulder Poolside Maxi Dress (sixth picture, £289). But the warmer stuff’s still there.

Naomi Watts, Claudia Schiffer, Cate Blanchett and, of course, Belynda’s sister-in-law Elle Macpherson are all fans of the brand – Elle designed a (sold-out) limited-edition sweater for Banjo & Matilda, and Natalie Imbruglia has followed with her extra-long “Lucky” Sweater with four-leaf clover design (fourth and fifth pictures, £199); A$100 from each sale goes to the singer/actress’s nominated charity End Fistula Campaign .

Shipping is worldwide (delivery in three to seven days to the UK/US) and the packaging is beyond smart: chocolate-brown boxes, grosgrain ribbon and a drawstring bag in which to store your purchase. So, that’s Christmas – or even midsummer – presents all wrapped up.