Each of these stylish, comfy pieces is handmade at specialist knitters in Leicester, England, a town, which, peculiarly, is about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK. The yarn at least has crossed the ocean, all the way from Peru. Why so? Because Sunspel has selected it specially for its feel – this merino manages to be comfortable while also having a slight, perceptible texture, which adds to the sense of substance that each sweater has and, naturally, gives it some extra ruggedness. The aesthetic appeal of the cable knit lies in the interest of the pattern, of course, and the classic version comes in cream. Sunspel has this covered, but also offers models in nutmeg, battleship grey and navy.
Wear yours with a big beard and gruff expression, accessorised with calloused hands for full effect. On second thoughts, best to let that idea slip back into the water.
Josh Sims is the author of Icons of Men’s Style, and The Details: Iconic Men’s Accessories. He. is editor of social trends journal Viewpoint and contributes to the Financial Times, The Independent, Wallpaper and Esquire.