- Mar 24, 2006
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Northern Watters is one of your better options. There's also the recently revived McGeorge label, which used to be a good Scottish knitwear company, but now is just another one of those foreign-owned labels that trades on the company's Scottish heritage in name only. Current day McGeorge is owned by an Italian company. There's a seller on eBay (sarafsaraf) who sells offseason stock for about a third of the retail price. The shawl collar cardigan is $150. Quality is ... OK. Not worth what they wanted retail, but not bad for current eBay prices.
Or you can try any number of preppy RTW brands. Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, Gant, J. Crew, and Land's End has stocked them in the past. No idea what they have this season though. Another one that has been mentioned on boards before is Black Sheep Knitwear, but frankly, I don't think it looks very good.
The problem with ones that cost under $400 is that the shawl collar itself can be a bit thin, so it lays flat. The thing that makes the S&C, Armoury, and other high-end pieces nice is that the collar is thick, so there's some volume to it. It just makes the collar line look better, but I assume with all the multipliers throughout the manufacturing chain, that extra material is probably how you end up at a $400 price point.
McGeorge used to make the shawl collar cardigan in 8 ply cashmere
@emptym Armoury's isn't made by Johnstons FWIW.
That’s my only reservation. Living in Northern California, but not San Francisco, I have few occasions to wear a sweater like this. I’d be interested in picking one up on the secondary market (preferably new) but don’t really see these on the B&S forum. Do these go on sale at end of season every year?The North Sea Submariner is an intense bit of knitwear.
Definitely most suitable for the outdoors or interiors no longer benefiting from central heating.