The pieces we’ve chosen to enshrine in our newly launched Perennials collection are those that will endure, both in terms of quality, and style (hence the name). One such item is the shawl collar cardigan. It’s an item that’s been a part of the Drake’s look for many years now, and is more than deserving of its Perennial status. Favoured by customers and staff alike, it’s a style which complements many modes of dress, and crucially always remains understated.
Investing in a good cardigan.
As with anything, a good cardigan is an investment. Our shawl collar cardigans are available in a handful of colours, and come in both lambswool and cashmere varieties. However, once you’ve purchased one, it might just be that you never need to buy another cardigan. Knitted in the Scottish Borders (where, as many of you will know, the world’s best knitwear comes from), they have large, cosy collars that roll dramatically away from the face. And, as with any good cardigan, they are finished with five-braid British tan leather buttons. That’s more or less it – like all evergreen pieces of clothing, the make up of a good shawl collar is deceptively simple. No superfluous details or unnecessary flourishes. Ours are made in more or less the same way they have been made for a hundred years. If it ain’t broke, as they say…
As well as making it enduringly stylish, the beautiful simplicity of a shawl collar cardigan also lends it another virtue: versatility. Versatility is particularly important in those foundational pieces in our wardrobes. The items that get worn the most are those that can adapt endlessly to any occasion, and I can think of no more adaptable garment than the venerable shawl collar.