A brushed Shetland jumper.
Moving on to another classic, and we have the brushed Shetland jumper. Taking its name from the islands on which it originated, the brushed Shetland was a staple of midcentury ivy style, and has endured as a failsafe go-to in wardrobes across the globe. It’s a simple crew neck style (traditionally knitted from hardy Shetland yarn) that’s been gently brushed to raise the woolen fibres, resulting in a signature shaggy finish. This unusual texture is guaranteed to add some visual interest to an otherwise understated ensemble. Men’s clothing is very often a po faced affair, with few opportunities to have fun and be expressive, but there is something lighthearted and whimsical about the brushed Shetland which is very appealing. It’s not a piece of clothing that takes itself too seriously, yet it’s been an unfailingly stylish choice for decades.
This brushed texture has an advantage beyond aesthetics, too. The brushing process increases what’s called the ‘loft’ of the fabric, and thus its ability to trap and retain heat. Where the submariner jumper relies on densely knit, heavyweight wool to generate its insulating properties, the brushed Shetland makes use of the space between its fibres to keep its wearer warm.
Every item in our Perennials collection has an implicit assurance, both of lasting quality and enduring style. So whichever piece of knitwear you choose, be sure that you will be wearing it for many years to come.