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The Six Fisherman Sweaters to Consider

  • Kempt Staff


When it comes to our knitwear, if it was good enough for Hemingway, McQueen and ancient Irish fishermen it’s good enough for us.

Case in point: the fisherman sweater—or “Aran sweater” to the purists—a chunky-knit wool sweater with a pronounced cable knit. Back in the day, there might have even been a meaning or association linked to a specific knit design, much like tartan plaids, but today they’re just a good way to stave off a brisk morning and add some more texture to your getup.

And we’ve rounded up the six best fisherman sweaters on the market right now: »

The United Kingdom of Handsome Synergy

  • Najib Benouar

A picture can say a thousand words. But those words rarely reveal how it all came together.

Like this snap of a leather-clad Ewan McGregor and company from the first ad campaign in the brand relaunch of British label Belstaff. Aside from the fact that it seems the brand is moving away from its tradition of waxed cotton to slick leathers, the most interesting part of the story is that McGregor pitched himself to star in the new campaign. And the Belstaff honchos were wise to accept. It also helps that Ewan is an avid motorcyclist and longtime Belstaff enthusiast (who, apparently, reads the business page of WWD very closely).

More looks from the retooled Belstaff’s fall offerings after the jump.»

The Style of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Easily one of the most stylish movies of 2011, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has been in our sights for a while. It’s got nearly all of our favorite things—British tweeds, outlandish glasses, a few well-placed Steve McQueen references, just for starters. So we sat down with costume designer Jacqueline Durran to find out where she dug it all up. If you’ve ever wanted to dress like a 1970s intelligence man, start here.

Orange desert boots and Steve McQueen jackets, explained»

The Wind and the Rain


Waxed cotton may be overtaking worsted as Britain’s favorite fabric. It started with Belstaff, but now it’s just about everywhere.

This parka from London’s Our Legacy takes the rough material into American Apparel territory, and it works surprisingly well. After so many years of clingy nylon, we’re ready for something a bit more earthy and a whole lot rougher. It gets windy out there, after all.

Best of all, there’s still a little bit of the British savoir faire. Is that a ticket pocket on the gentleman’s left?

Born to be Wild


Now that we’ve set you up with a moped, you may need a tougher jacket to get you through the occasional wipeout. After all, even the briefest brush with the pavement will leave your peacoat well and truly tattered.

Our friends at UrbanDaddy tipped us off Smith & Butler, a biker-inspired shop in Brooklyn that happens to have some of the best gear in the borough. Old favorites like Barbour and Belstaff should keep you protected while you’re riding, but there’s plenty else to check out while you’re here.

Brands like Filson, Pendleton and Pointer make up one of the best workwear collections you’ll find anywhere, alongside nautical sweaters from Saint James and some choice photography books from Rin Tanaka. Add in a few well-chosen vintage items, and you’ve got one of our favorite new stores.

Hopefully your moped makes it to Brooklyn.

Take a look around the store»

Bear Markets, Robot Kicks and Global Warmers


Leather Fetish: Half of Hollywood's A-list (the good half) are in Belstaff. Good for them. [WWD]

Emerging Market: Watch out, the luxury industry is going to pin you down and sell you diamonds. [WSJ]

Big Daddy: Adam Sandler pairs a questionable mohawk with even more questionable Knicks game shorts. [She Knows Best]

Defender of the Universe: Rebok's Voltron collection combines to form… a pile of shoes. [Uncrate]

Do Women Who Find Ferrari Drivers Sexy Contribute to Global Warming?: You know, we hadn't really thought about this one. [Wired]