Busy fiddling with the the sweater that is named after him instead of attending to his cavalry brigade during the Crimean War, James Brudenell, the 7th Earl of Cardigan, might have saved his reputation had he simply waited 150 years for Michael Drake to perfect it. The sweater, that is, rather than Brudenell's reputation.
Not a waistcoat but a jacket replacement that is tightly knitted from four ply cashmere, the leather buttoned sweater is entirely too warm for California but just the thing for Crimean winters and the like. It is available in navy, gray and natural from stock, and ivory, chocolate, loden or black by special order. £650, or roughly $1,000 ex VAT.
I raved over this piece when I saw it in Drake's studio earlier this year, and it deserves the praise. Without exaggeration, it may be the best sweater of the year.