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Son Of Saphir

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How would you rank those brands quality wise?
get the william lockie or buy Malo on discount.

Inis Meáin wool = pills a lot
John Smedley wool = meh
Johnstons of Elgin cashmere = nice but it pills moderately
 

georgeka

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How would you rank those brands quality wise?
It's hard to judge, because I own very different pieces from each brand:
Inis Meain - heavy merino knit (i noticed some pilling in the very beginning, but then it stopped. like this stuff the most).
John Smedley and Uniqlo - fine merino crew-necks and cardigans (here I'm with this opinion https://www.permanentstyle.com/2020/02/best-value-product-uniqlo-or-what-you-get-for-your-money.html).
Jamieson’s of Shetland - well I bought only yarns (shetland/lambswool blend) and my mother in law kindly made me a beautiful crew-neck.
Johnstons of Elgin, William Lockie and Scott & Charters - I own solely scarfs/beanies from them (mostly cashmere). Here I can put William Lockie on top.

I'm pleased with the quality of each garment. No noticeable pilling so far, but all of those are in my possession no longer than 3 years (I'm relatively new to quality clothes).
In my case it's not only about quality, but rather with the fit, which only perfect with Inis Meain. Anyway I would say you can't go wrong with any of them.
 

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Here's what I found on Yoox. Btw if I'm a 16 shirt size but 46 (US) suit jacket size + 33 waist how should I size for knitwear? My suit jackets usually have to be brought in at the waist a lot.

Here's what I'm picking between. I think top left might be too chunky.

Leaning towards the Della Ciana.

 

Ebitdaddy

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Went with Della Ciana. I'll report back on quility when it gets here this Monday.
 

philosophe

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I love Lockie and Scott and Charters. I've had good luck with Drumohr, Smedley, and Della Ciana. Zanone is also great.
 

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I agree with the piling comments on Inis Meain. There's a lot of love for it on SF, but of the 4 sweaters I have, 3 of the 4 have pilled quite significantly and a lot more than cheaper alternatives that I've had.
 

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I have a number of pieces from the John Smedley outlet. Very happy with the colour and cut, their sizing is intelligent, although I find some of the sea island cotton tops lose their shape after one or two washes.
 

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I have a number of pieces from the John Smedley outlet. Very happy with the colour and cut, their sizing is intelligent, although I find some of the sea island cotton tops lose their shape after one or two washes.
Exactly my experience. Thin merinos highly recommended. Sea island cotton to be avoided. I also have excellent experience with thin merinos from canali.
 

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Got my Della Ciana turtleneck. It's great! We will see how it holds up. Overall very happy for the money. It's not too thin like a lot of Italian turtlenecks and not overly thick so I can still wear it with a suit. :)
 

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Looking for a good quality mockneck or turtleneck I can wear with a sport coat. Any recommendations as far as brands go?
Check out Ballentyne & Pringle - both are great, classic scottish knitwear companies that make fully fashioned knitwear, for years, they have defined high-end knitwear
 

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Cucinelli cashmere and William Lockie cashmere are great. Margaret Howell has been good to me as well.
 

Touch the Earth

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In the UK Marks and Spencer’s merino are excellent for the money. You have to look closely at the colours, but for fit and durability they are unsurpassed in my collection.
 

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John Smedley suits your needs perfectly.
I agree, been buying Smedley knitwear for nearly 40 years, and still have my first ever purchase, although it no longer fits.
 

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Surprised that Alan Paine hasn't been mentioned for price point the op had suggested. A few more we suggest, Harley, Irelands Eye and Andersen & Andersen.
 

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