Saturday, October 8, 2011
Hardy Amies, the articulate Englishman who was arguably the first menswear designer, wrote that his favorite clothing for leisure was a cable knit cashmere crew neck sweater over a silk shirt and flannel trousers, worn with moccasins and a neckerchief. I could not agree more, and new on the ASW store this week are two new versions of those sweaters: a brown version of my quintessential two ply and a lightweight single ply in navy.
The navy in particular deserves a few words for where two ply cashmere is comfortable for most indoor/outdoor wear it may be a little heavy to wear under a jacket. That is where the single ply comes in, for it is the perfect weight for channeling one's inner Agnelli by pairing it with a flannel suit and leaving the front blade of one's cashmere necktie outside the sweater.
The navy has the further distinction of being the first of my cashmeres to be offered in European sizes 38 and 40 (Extra Small and Small) as is the gray flannel version of its two ply relation (those sizes may not be on the store quite yet but rest assured that they will be before the end of the weekend).
Back to Amies. On tieless days, either sweater will pair wonderfully with one of my Dame a la Licorne squares folded into a neckerchief.
I hope to see you on the store.