November 08 2009
I have just found the perfect piece of light but luxurious knit for this indeterminate season. I dropped in, as I often do, at Augustina in West Halkin Street in London’s Knightsbridge, where owner Cristina Burgess’s Canadian background leads her in original fashion directions. In rural upstate New York, she has found a label called Marika Charles, a brother-and-sister team who hand-screenprint the finest two-ply cashmere sweaters and scarves with misty, slightly vintage-looking designs.
From a sunset-coloured smudgy stripe to impressionistic flowers in either autumnal greeny-yellows or stormy greys, to me they are like being wrapped in the New England fall, as well as being so light that they hardly touch you, yet warm enough to cope with damp British breezes. My pick is the skinny cardi (pictured; £300), which will double its cost per wear as a great travel item in the spring. That’s if I haven’t worn it out by then, as it’s just too cocooning to take off.