With a chill in the air, shortening days and frosty mornings, the time for knitwear is well and truly upon us. For many, the excuse to crack out their favourite woollen garment is one of the joys of the colder weather. In store we have plenty of different styles that range from rugged pure virgin wool offerings to more luxurious merino numbers. Whatever your taste, we have a knit here at Peggs & son to keep you warm over the coming months.
We have picked out our favourites of the season from four brands that approach the creation of knitwear in very different ways. The authentic offerings from S.N.S. Herning and Armor Lux have transcended their original purpose of keeping sailors warm on the open seas to become iconic in their own right. Norse Projects and Gant Rugger have gone for a modern and opulent approach using bold colours and patterns alongside materials such as alpaca to create their own contemporary takes on the humble knit.
As the old adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This statement could easily apply to the traditional knitwear of Danish label S.N.S. Herning. Founded in 1931 in the small town of Herning by Søren Nielsen Skyt, the company continue to produce exceptional knitwear using the famed bobble style that was pioneered all those years ago.
What sets their knits apart is more than just the bobble texture, it is the material used. S.N.S. Herning go to great lengths to source the finest pure new wool that is then woven on vintage machinery to create thick, robust garments. Take their iconic Fisherman knit, soft to the touch with the unmistakable bo bble texture, it features the colours of the sea and also has a fair bit of weight behind it. Holding it in your hands, you just know it will be warm, providing you with many years of protection from the cold weather.
Norse Projects have two things in common with S.N.S. Herning: they hail from Denmark and create exceptional knitwear. Where their fellow compatriots are based in heritage and tradition, Norse Projects are slightly more contemporary, pushing forward with interesting use of material and style.
For AW14 they have released a collection of bubble knits that have been crafted using extra fine merino wool. This material comes from, unsurprisingly, the Merino sheep and is considered one of the softest wools in the world. It is highly prized for its hand feel, compact fibres, ability to draw moisture away from the skin and fantastic warmth to weight ratio. All of this adds up to some top quality knitwear that when mixed with Norse Project’s eye for detail creates something unique, modern and distinctly Scandinavian.
Gant Rugger have a long history of creating clothing with a distinct American East Coast style. Blending the collegiate look with preppy influences, there is a gulf in aesthetic between their clothing and that of labels such as S.N.S. Herning. However different the appearance, the same dedication to quality underlines everything they do.
Gant Rugger’s approach utilises premium wool blends and mixes in modern cuts and traditional detailing to create something new and exciting. We are big fans of The Cable that is their take on the iconic Aran knit. Coming in the traditional off white ivory colourway, it is made using 100% wool and features a bold cable knit across the main body. This is a piece that encapsulates knitwear and for many is a wardrobe staple in the colder months. Throw on with a pair of jeans for a laid back, casual look.
With a rich history dating back to 1938, Armor Lux has a tradition of creating clothes with a nautical theme with colours reminiscent of the sea. The company has a rich Gallic heritage and is based in Brittany. Producing many of their own materials within France, Armor Lux is famous for its Breton striped patterns that adorn a large number of their knits.
Another one of their trademarks is the use of branded buttons that fasten the shoulder opening. This is a relic from a by gone era when sailors needed an easy way to get their clothing on and off whilst it was wet. All of their Sailor sweaters have been crafted using pure virgin wool for a hardwearing, thick feel. So interweaved is Armor Lux within French culture that they produce the uniforms for the French police, post office workers and SNCF railway staff. For that unmistakable French style, you need not look much further than Armor Lux.
Take a look at our full range of knitwear including labels such as Officine Generale, Hentsch Man, Our Legacy, Folk and over on the website.