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What colors do you like for cashmere sweaters?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    I used to have a vintage Pringle v-neck. Great cashmere.
     
  2. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    20 years ago Pringle was supposed to be the best. I never see them around any more. I assume they are just done.

    Used to have a nice little store in the Burlington Arcade. In 1990, my mother bought a plain sweater there that was marked down from GBP 600. [​IMG]


    They still exist, but as a fashion brand. They were popular, and very expensive, in Taiwan when I was there a year ago. I saw a lightweight cashmere argyle sweater selling for ~$1200US.
     
  3. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Ah the magic words have been spoken. And so, I shall participate.

    Are you 100% set on cashemere? I have two shetland sweaters from McGeorge - gorgeous mix of colors in both. They are very versatile as well.

    (click for bigger pics)

    The first one is 'Baroque' - it has flecks of yellow and blue and red all over, looks awesome with most trousers I wear. Grey and navy go especially well with this sweater.

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    This perfect for all other trousers and jeans - a very dark purple with red, green and other colors.

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    See this page for more colors: http://www.oconnellsclothing.com/mcg...l_sweaters.php

    I'd wear shetlands over cashmere anyday.

    edit: Just noticed that Vox posted this already. D'oh!


    These sweaters are sized by chest size? How is the fit Sri? Would you recommend getting your measured chest size or sizing up/down?
     
  4. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    Well if you want the Baroque I already decided to order the size 34, sent them a mail, got a reply and will proceed to checkout when they next reply. So I'd pass on that [​IMG]
     
  5. Mr. Pink

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    I used to have a vintage Pringle v-neck. Great cashmere.

    In the 80s, I had a Pringle navy blue cardigan. Thick, spongy, soft. One of my cats ate it.
     
  6. I. Gentantithesis

    I. Gentantithesis Senior member

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    Pop over to Paul Stuart and check if their 4-ply cashmere cables sport Made In Scotland on the labels.

    If still so, these be them (Lockie knitted, limited colors, probably processed and spun by Todd & Duncan or Z. Hinchliffe, both Scottish though Z.H. is based in Eng..) > http://www.heatherwallace.com/men_ca...php?prod_ID=19

    Might also check to see if Tuttle Catalog (online) and Maus & Hoffman (online) still stock Scottish knitwear, perhaps on sale. The Tuttle Scottish novelty stuff is likely to be Lockie, as with the M&H if not otherwise branded Ballantyne.

    (Man wearing cashmere 'neath a Barbour is akin to a brocade vest, and you'll eventually complain about the abrasion. Coarse wool's apropos for stalking stag in the Sheep Meadow.)
     
  7. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well if you want the Baroque I already decided to order the size 34, sent them a mail, got a reply and will proceed to checkout when they next reply. So I'd pass on that [​IMG]

    34? That sounds tiny. Did you call for the dimensions? There are some in 36 that I could go for.

    Pop over to Paul Stuart and check if their 4-ply cashmere cables sport Made In Scotland on the labels.

    If still so, these be them (Lockie knitted, limited colors, probably processed and spun by Todd & Duncan or Z. Hinchliffe, both Scottish though Z.H. is based in Eng..) > http://www.heatherwallace.com/men_ca...php?prod_ID=19

    Might also check to see if Tuttle Catalog (online) and Maus & Hoffman (online) still stock Scottish knitwear, perhaps on sale. The Tuttle Scottish novelty stuff is likely to be Lockie, as with the M&H if not otherwise branded Ballantyne.

    (Man wearing cashmere 'neath a Barbour is akin to a brocade vest, and you'll eventually complain about the abrasion. Coarse wool's apropos for stalking stag in the Sheep Meadow.)


    Thanks for the tip--but I'm too cheap to pay Paul Stuart's premiums. How much do they want for that Lockie-made cable-knit, $700?
     
  8. ramuman

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    Foo, you should detail this search in your blog. I think it could be of use from a posterity standpoint.
     
  9. I. Gentantithesis

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    Er, ah, umm, the emphasis was on the same sweater being available via Heather Wallace. You could inspect the goods first. Paul Stuart's price used to be circa $500 + tx., HW's 200GBP less VAT plus shipping and customs (if any) should be around $300 - 325.
     
  10. Wes Bourne

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    Well if you want the Baroque I already decided to order the size 34, sent them a mail, got a reply and will proceed to checkout when they next reply. So I'd pass on that [​IMG]

    Dude, are you that petite or are the sweaters cut big and loose?
     
  11. AThingForCashmere

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    Pop over to Paul Stuart and check if their 4-ply cashmere cables sport Made In Scotland on the labels.

    If still so, these be them (Lockie knitted, limited colors, probably processed and spun by Todd & Duncan or Z. Hinchliffe, both Scottish though Z.H. is based in Eng..) > http://www.heatherwallace.com/men_ca...php?prod_ID=19

    Might also check to see if Tuttle Catalog (online) and Maus & Hoffman (online) still stock Scottish knitwear, perhaps on sale. The Tuttle Scottish novelty stuff is likely to be Lockie, as with the M&H if not otherwise branded Ballantyne.


    Wow, I think we have a winner. Judging from their looks, the cashmere v-necks in M&H's catalog appear to be "it", and the price is also what one would expect ($385).

    THANK YOU, I.G.!
     
  12. SkinnyGoomba

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    very nice! However available in sizes 42-50 [​IMG]
     
  13. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Er, ah, umm, the emphasis was on the same sweater being available via Heather Wallace. You could inspect the goods first. Paul Stuart's price used to be circa $500 + tx., HW's 200GBP less VAT plus shipping and customs (if any) should be around $300 - 325.

    Oh, missed that--not a bad idea at all.

    Interesting note: after some confusing phone calls the other day, I learned that Heather Wallace is merely Lockie's own retail outlet. From what I can gather, the only difference between ordering from Heather Wallace and using Lockie's stock service is that the stock service requires a couple of days to 'process' your other, whereas Heather Wallace ships right away.

    very nice! However available in sizes 42-50 [​IMG]

    Lockie sizes indicate the sweater's chest measurement. So, a size 42 is 42 inches around the sweater's chest (21 inches across), allowing someone with a 38 inch chest four inches of room.
     
  14. srivats

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    These sweaters are sized by chest size? How is the fit Sri? Would you recommend getting your measured chest size or sizing up/down?

    If you are on the slim side, go with your sportscoat size. Otherwise size up and get the next size. I am a slim 38R and I got mine in size 38, and they fit me well. 40 would have been loose on me. FWIW, a 38R in polo IV cut is slightly on the bigger side on my frame in the chest area, even with a thin sweater underneath on top of my dress shirt and undershirt.

    Call Oconnells' and ask for Ethan. He is very helpful.
     
  15. furo

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    Their V neck cashmere from Heather Wallace came out to $260 shipped to the US, not bad at all if this is indeed a legit Scottish made sweater using teh old school knitting and finishing. I think I might get one in 'bordeaux'
     
  16. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Their V neck cashmere from Heather Wallace came out to $260 shipped to the US, not bad at all if this is indeed a legit Scottish made sweater using teh old school knitting and finishing. I think I might get one in 'bordeaux'

    I can't speak for the quality, but it's certainly legitimate. The price is the same as what Hawick Cashmere, Johnstons, and Scott & Charters charge, so it shouldn't be a reason to be suspicious.
     
  17. srivats

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    34? That sounds tiny. Did you call for the dimensions? There are some in 36 that I could go for.

    Foo, which colors did you like? I strongly suggest that you get the McGeorge sweaters soon if you have any plans for them - they won't last forever.

    Well if you want the Baroque I already decided to order the size 34, sent them a mail, got a reply and will proceed to checkout when they next reply. So I'd pass on that [​IMG]

    Nice! That color is really cool in person. Post pics when you get 'em. Maybe we should start a shetland threak.

    I hope you got the right size.

    Their V neck cashmere from Heather Wallace came out to $260 shipped to the US, not bad at all if this is indeed a legit Scottish made sweater using teh old school knitting and finishing. I think I might get one in 'bordeaux'

    Post pix if you get 'em!
     
  18. srivats

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    Andover shop is another source for good (brushed) shetlands at $125:

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    J.Press is having a 25% off sale for their shaggy dog sweaters as well - price is ~$125 after discount. Not bad. However, sizing is S/M/L/XL. Foo, you gotta go see these and give us a report.

    I am tempted to buy more shetlands and I don't even need them. Why does this always happen with SF? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    These look awesome:

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  19. RyJ Maduro

    RyJ Maduro Senior member

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    Also, you probably already knew this, but cream/off-white pullovers (not cardigans, interestingly) have been out of fashion for quite a while.

    I almost purchased a white Shaggy Dog Shetland from Press the other day.


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    I bought this one and it is quite nice. Actually, all three look great in person; the photographs don't do justice to the depth and richness of the color.
     
  20. srivats

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    I bought this one and it is quite nice. Actually, all three look great in person; the photographs don't do justice to the depth and richness of the color.

    Excellent - that is great to know. Once you see a quality shetland in a nice heathered color, it is hard to go back.

    How is the fit? What size did you get, and what do you normally wear in sportscoats? Also, how is the brushed finish? Too shaggy, or does it look just like in the pics above? I went against brushed shetlands because, you know, after a decade of wear, *any* shetland is going to look brushed [​IMG]
     

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