French cashmere brand Eric Bompard has built a reputation not just for quality knitwear with enviable Parisian chic, but for adding a twist of design flair that takes the pieces out of the ordinaire. This autumn’s collection includes intricate stitches in super-ply weights, lace and subtle metallic sequins on evening knits, and original silk prints teamed with cashmere – all drawing on techniques used since Bompard’s beginnings 30 years ago.
The brand is now headed by the founder’s daughter, Lorraine de Gournay, who chose to celebrate its anniversary with an extremely limited-edition collection that focuses on the handcrafted stitches that have become Bompard’s signature, and the very nature of cashmere in its raw form.
Of the fivenew pieces,one is a big cashmere-voile stole with an abstract print;the other four are undyed, off-white cashmere, a shade that de Gournay calls “autumn white”. “The natural shade shows off the intrinsic qualities of cashmere – its softness and beauty,” she says. This canvas displays complex patterns, especially moss stitch and various sizes of cable stitch, reinventing bestselling shapes from the past in a more contemporary way.
Cable stitch is worked proudly, in several versions and at various angles, across a thick but opulently soft sweater that takes three days to knit by hand (£770, third picture); the men’s equivalent is a luxurious cardigan in all-over moss stitch, with a high V-neck and horn buttons (£620, first picture). A baby blanket comes in a patchwork of no fewer than six different stitches (£490), while a beautifully slouchy and very cool double-breasted coat (£480, second picture) is made in cashmere “fur”, a technique where short cashmere yarns are woven into a fabric and then ruffled to give a tufted effect.
All arrive at Bompard’s flagship store and online on September 15, but with only a few of each design available, you’ll need a stitch in time.