Where to find chic-meets-cosy knits

Scottish cashmere, Irish Arans and Florentine hand-knits

Inis Meáin Claíochaí Crew Neck, €405
Inis Meáin Claíochaí Crew Neck, €405

Inis Meáin

Irish brand Inis Meáin, based on the Aran Islands, always has such delightful stories around its knitwear. Deora Aille is a gorgeous mottled knitted-linen pattern and translates as “cliff tears”, referencing the Gaelic term for fresh water running from the cliffs into the sea. Its super-plush long-sleeve knits (from €245) evoke a soft linen chainmail. I also like the Aran cardigan/jacket crossover (€398), while the merino/cashmere Claíochaí crewneck (€405) is inspired by the island’s dry-stone walls, using a mix of textured stitches. inismeain.ie; mrporter.comTOM STUBBS

Licia Luchini Palazzo Vecchio cashmere sweater, €1,450
Licia Luchini Palazzo Vecchio cashmere sweater, €1,450
Advertisement

Licia Luchini

A hand-knitted sweater is a peculiarly beautiful thing. It has a softness and stretch that can never be replicated in a machine-knit garment, and small variations in the texture that make it feel both organic and personal. My appreciation for a fine hand-knit is shared with Matteo Luchini, a fabric agent in Florence who saw that there was a gap in the market for handmade-to-measure knitwear. His label, Licia Luchini, is named after his mother, a keen knitter who now works with her son. Alongside ready-to-wear items (from €130 for a hat), knitwear is offered to a customer’s measurements, in any design and a choice of yarns: Shetland, merino, cashmere and cashmere/silk. Delivery takes 60 days, with prices ranging from €300 to €1,450 depending on the fibre and complexity of the design. licialuchini.comSIMON CROMPTON

Begg & Co Alex cashmere beanie, £120
Begg & Co Alex cashmere beanie, £120
Lunaria Cashmere Cargo Shirt, €1,249, and cropped smoking jacket €1,199
Lunaria Cashmere Cargo Shirt, €1,249, and cropped smoking jacket €1,199

Begg & Co

This noteworthy “Made in Scotland” knitwear brand offers a perennial core collection for men and women. The weaving company, founded in Paisley in 1866 by Alex Begg, relocated to Ayr on the southwest coast in 1902 and now produces both woven and knitted goods. The ribbed cashmere Alex beanie (£120) is available in six colourways, while classic cashmere sweaters have a crew (£395) or rollneck (£415). Scarves are also a strong point. The lightweight cashmere Kishorn Washed (£280) style is easy to wear, whatever the season, while the oversized cashmere/silk Staffa (£195) has an open “twill weave” in 20 shades – from rainbow brights to colours more frequently associated with the Scottish landscape, such as granite grey, bark brown and dark emerald green. beggandcompany.comALYSON WALSH

Advertisement

Lunaria Cashmere

This elegant Italian brand specialises in fine knits for all seasons, from sweaters to coats to scarves – all in a pleasingly muted palette. These are designs that are modern yet timeless; streamlined and beautifully made in yarn from the highlands of Asia (including Mongolia, China and Afghanistan). For women, I like the lightweight slate-grey turtleneck (€474) and the cropped smoking jacket (€1,199) in the richest shade of midnight blue, and the dove-grey reversible-collar Puff coat (€1,690), which is part belted wraparound sweater, part jacket. For men, there’s a knitted button-up take on the bomber jacket (€743), plus classic round-neck (€571) and V-neck (€495) sweaters in brilliant brights. lunariacashmere.itCHRISTINA OHLY EVANS 

See also

Advertisement
Loading