Knitwear, for many of us, is a year-round necessity, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be gorgeous. Statement sweaters were very much in demand at Christmas, but their appeal can eventually wear thin – they’re simply too memorable. No, it’s the more anonymous pieces, the knits that at first sight appear unexciting, that often turn out to be the ones we wear time and time again.
Banjo & Matilda, a newish label from Australia founded by Elle Macpherson’s brother and sister‑in-law, seems to me to provide exactly the sort of luscious basics that every wardrobe needs. I love in particular its “coatigan” ($650) – simple but long (and with pockets), it is the perfect travelling companion and comes in an eminently stylish and versatile charcoal and a very expensive-looking soft pink. The Cosy Collection of polonecks ($550) in soft cable-stitch is as chic as they come, especially in navy, and perfect for the windy beaches the designers had in mind. In the White Edit, check out Star Crew ($365), an ivory roundneck bedecked with black stars. But mostly it will be the simple but spot-on cardigans (from $395) that will be the foundation of many a wardrobe, summer and winter.
Banjo & Matilda ships to locations all over the world (which is free if you spend more than $300), though Net-a-Porter has a good selection too.