The Speciale hand-framed cotton sweater – Everlasting Fashion


I really like cotton knits within the Summer time. I couldn’t all the time see the purpose of them, however up to now few years I’ve recurrently taken one on our holidays (normally to Portugal or France) and I am keen on the sensation on placing one on because the day cools down.

They supply a layer of heat as you want it, however are cool to the contact and open and breathable. In reality they really feel and carry out so much like linen trousers, which might be why the 2 make such a sensible Summer time mixture.

I’ve owned and worn a number of through the years, however my favorite is from Speciale – the beautiful store and bespoke tailor on the high of the Portobello Street. 

Their mannequin has a beautiful deal with and is the right weight: cottons want some substance to present them their satisfying physique, however an excessive amount of they usually get droopy. The deal with, in the meantime, was all the way down to them being hand-framed by Corgi in Wales – the Royal Warrant-holding knitter I visited many moons in the past.

The one situation with the mannequin was that it was designed for sporting with high-waisted trousers – as matches with Speciale’s bespoke tailoring and common aesthetic. I had sized as much as get a greater size, and it was actually too huge elsewhere. 

So after one other Summer time of sporting the knit on a regular basis (the texture profitable out over the match) I requested the blokes in the event that they’d be all for a collaboration – in us turn into a wholesaler for a model of their knit, with an extended physique. 

They agreed, splendidly, and that is what we’re launching in the present day on PS – the Speciale cotton knits, 5cm longer within the physique than their normal mannequin. The blokes have additionally been superb in getting these by means of early, they usually’re now on show within the PS Pop-Up – come strive them on, it is open from in the present day till Saturday.

The cottons are additionally out there on-line now, and in two colors – navy and cream. 

After I talked about the knits in passing final week, a reader requested whether or not they may very well be worn with each tailoring and with denims – which was useful, as a result of it jogged my memory that they will, that I do, and that I ought to spell this out. 

So in these photographs I’ve tried to point out a full vary of appears to be like, with a view to display that versatility. 

Under, first, is the navy knit with a pair of grey-linen trousers and a black belt and loafers. I like this look – summery but additionally fairly business-like, with one thing Armani-ish in there too. 

Then above, now we have the navy knit with a pair of cotton shorts. Fairly sensible shorts, admittedly, tailor-made and white (an ongoing mission with Whitcomb & Shaftesbury) however these may very well be powerful khaki shorts too – the feel of the knit means it’s not misplaced with one thing that informal. 

Then for the cream, I’ve pictured it with denims (all the time must be one with denims) and with classic fatigues, beneath. 

The cream is certainly cream – not white, or off-white, or ecru – which is a beautiful Summer time color, particularly good with blue or black denim, khaki cottons, and Military inexperienced just like the fatigues. 

The navy is sweet with blue denims too in fact, and truly is fairly good with black denims, so long as there’s just a little fade occurring. And maybe a belt to interrupt them up. 

Hand framing knitwear means utilizing a smaller loom than regular, operated by hand. It’s principally the identical machine that’s been used because the sixteenth century, and it produces a sweater that has extra pure stretch and pliability – between an precise hand-knit (one particular person, knitting needles) and an influence loom (the overwhelming majority of knitwear). 

We really lined hand framing for the primary time once I visited Corgi all these moons in the past, however we have additionally talked about it in respect to Stoffa’s knits, and the high-end ranges from Saman Amel and Rubato. It’s costlier, however for the work concerned and the tip product, nonetheless good worth. 

Hand framing can also be noticeable by the best way the knit is usual collectively – these seams on the aspect of the physique, on the saddle shoulder, on the ribbing and the collar. It’s a beautiful little bit of craft to note and choose up on. 

By way of match, the knits are made to an identical measurement as the Cashmere Crewneck, and I’d suggest taking the identical measurement if you have already got one. I put on a Medium in each. 

Cotton does develop with put on, however ought to solely accomplish that the place it must – the place the physique is pushing towards it (relatively like denim). So for that purpose when you’re between sizes, you is perhaps higher with the smaller one as it is going to enlarge by a few cm because it must. 

The collar is intentionally small, and can really feel tight while you first put it on. But it surely too will develop as wanted, and in reality we added a centimetre right here to what Speciale does as normal. I’ve a 60cm head (definitely not small) and the collar works properly. Way more flattering than one sitting sloppy and low. 

Cotton knits are simply very pliable, and relatively like the sweatshirts we talked about some time again, and may be moulded just a little to your form – a mild tug of the chest, just a little pull on the collar. You may also do it with the physique size, although in that case be sure to tug the entire hem down, not simply in a single place. 

Some good design particulars are that the collar is made in a 2×2 rib, however the hem in a 1×1. This appears to be like very nice on the collar, however provides the hem higher stress, so it holds the waist and doesn’t drop down. 

And the cotton used is a four-ply – related in that solution to the Cashmere Rugby. The yarns are totally different in fact, however they’ve an identical really feel and the identical type of pleasing deal with. 

The Hand-framed Cotton Sweater is accessible now on the PS Store, in navy and cream, and 5 sizes. It is usually in the PS Pop-Up at 19 Savile Row to strive on. 

Any questions, please tell us within the feedback beneath.

Product particulars:

  • 100% cotton knit made in collaboration with Speciale
  • Hand-framed, with hand-fashioned seams, in Wales by Corgi
  • 4-ply cotton, 5-gauge knit
  • 2×2 rib collar, however 1×1 hem 
  • Saddle shoulder
  • Price £345 (together with VAT)

Sizing particulars:

  • Suits true to measurement, much like the Cashmere Crewneck
  • Simon wears a Medium, and is six-foot tall with a 39-inch chest
  • Collar is intentionally tight to start with, however softens as wanted
  • Materials will develop if wanted, so take measurement down if between sizes, though a cushty relatively than shut match is really helpful
  • Product measurements are in centimetres, however inch conversions offered for reference

Measurement chart:

cm Small Medium Giant X-Giant XX-Giant
Chest 51.5 54 56.5 59 61.5
Size 63 65 67 69 71
Sleeve 49 50 51 52 53


inches Small Medium Giant X-Giant XX-Giant
Chest 20.25 21.25 22.25 23.25 24.25
Size 24.75 25.5 26.5 27.25 28
Sleeve 19.25 19.75 20 20.5 20.75

Chest: pit to pit

Size: the again, from the place shoulder seam meets collar

Sleeve: underarm, alongside seam, together with cuff



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