Oversized knitwear with South American style

Aessai’s supersized scarves and blankets are handcrafted by a Uruguayan collective in light-as-a-feather yarn

Aessai sells a range of wool blankets, from £220 each
Aessai sells a range of wool blankets, from £220 each

As winter scarves and wraps go from oversized to supersized, Rebecca Kramer’s timing is impeccable. She launched knitwear label Aessai a year ago, and her latest collection – bought by Browns and The Conran Shop – features striking neon stripes and bold checks in the season’s oversized silhouette, but using light-as-a-feather yarns. At Browns, there is a gigantic blanket scarf (£245) in fluorescent yellow or pink, a neon striped wool and linen blanket (£325) and a black and oatmeal check merino-wool wrap scarf (£365). Meanwhile, The Conran Shop has chosen to cosy up with a capsule range of merino-wool-blend blankets (£395) for the home.

Aessai wool blanket scarf, £245; also available at Browns
Aessai wool blanket scarf, £245; also available at Browns

Born and raised in La Rioja, Argentina, Kramer initially studied medicine in Paris before moving to London to work as a nutritionist. Memories of summers spent visiting family in Uruguay were rekindled when, during a stay at a hotel in LA, Kramer spotted a hand-woven throw. Made by Manos del Uruguay, a non-profit social organisation renowned for creating beautiful yarns and handcrafted garments and whose work is favoured by designers such as Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and Dries van Noten, the throw recalled those distant holidays, with trips to local markets to buy cover-ups and ponchos. She was inspired to start her own venture with the organisation to celebrate fair trade and promote local craft skills. “I came from a very small community in west Argentina, and this is part of my story and a way to give back,” she says of the label. “And now that I live in London, it’s a way to return home and feel connected.”

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Alyson Walsh is the author of Know Your Style, published by Hardie Grant, £12.99. She blogs as That’s Not My Age. To read more of her How To Spend It columns, click here. 

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