This versatile cardigan is made in England from our unique vintage wool fabric. It has a classic fit and features a 5-button front fastening and rounded collar.
Our vintage wool – otherwise known as Q (for Quality) 12 – is spun specifically for us by an Italian mill steeped in years of heritage and expertise. It is a luxurious two-fold merino that was developed from an archive sample of Sunspel underwear. As it originates from a garment worn directly next to the skin, the fabric is supremely soft and comfortable.
Although Sunspel played a pioneering role in the development of some of the earliest cotton underwear and t-shirts to ever be made, our occupation with wool pre-dates all of this. Woollen underwear was one of the earliest products to be made by Sunspel when Thomas A Hill founded it in 1860. In fact, despite the development of cotton undergarments and all of their obvious benefits, woollen underwear remained a mainstay of the business right up until the 1970s: a result of the English climate and some of our customer’s apparent desire to live with windows that never closed and heating that never heated.
While knitwear is typically made using the ‘fully fashioned’ construction process, we take a rather different approach with our vintage wool collection. Instead of knitting each pattern piece to shape, before knitting them all together at the seams, we use ‘cut and sew’. This is the same technique that is used to make t-shirts and underwear and describes the process of cutting each pattern piece from a large square of knitted fabric, and then sewing them all together at the seams.