Fashion’s fresh focus on sustainability is bringing home the all-round benefits of buying clothes that will last, if not a lifetime, then something pretty close to it. But this was always the mindset behind women’s knitwear brand &Daughter, founded in 2013 by former fashion publicist Buffy Reid and her father Columba. “My granny was an amazing hand-knitter,” says Buffy, “and her creations have been passed down through the generations. My father also spent his career working in knitwear, manufacturing with Scottish and Irish mills, so I grew up surrounded by amazing hand-knit Arans and beautiful fine-gauge cashmere.”
This woolly heritage has been combined with carefully considered silhouettes, colourways and details to create a range of jumpers, cardigans and accessories that are thoroughly contemporary. Standouts in the recently launched resort collection, for example, include the cosy Fintra Scottish lambswool tunic (£295), which comes in vivid violet, as well as a colour-blocked version in grey, emerald and navy (£325) that is typical of the brand’s striking aesthetic. There are chunky Donegal Aran rollnecks (£295) and beautiful Fair Isle-style jumpers (£285), as well as cashmere pieces that range from the enveloping Tara cardigan (£395) with oversized pockets and horn buttons, to the playful Maeve intarsia jumper (£295) emblazoned with a painterly face motif.
“We want to create knitwear in the best possible way, using the best possible natural yarns,” adds Buffy of &Daughter’s “forever sweaters”, which are all made using the traditional technique of “fully fashioning” – where each piece of a sweater is constructed separately before being hand-linked together – by family firms such as Hinchliffe & Sons in Yorkshire, which creates the lambswool pieces, and Todd & Duncan in Scotland, which does the cashmere.
Accessories, meanwhile, span ribbed cashmere hats (£125) and scarves (£195) and hand-knit Aran socks (£85). There are also plans afoot for a mending service, so that these beautiful future heirlooms are even more likely to stand the test of time.