Many years ago Britain was the world’s leader with knitted goods, with thousands of mills and a culture steeped in high quality production. Today, it’s a fraction of what it used to be, but it’s high quality production and culture is still ingrained and practiced by the hundreds of mills and artisan producers located across the British isles.
Oubas is a small knitwear brand located in Cumbria, with an emphasis on high quality materials and manufacture. The Donegal beanie is warm and cozy, with a great vibrant Carmine red. The flecks of colour throughout give it a good lively character, which I like.
Unmade is a London startup which has supercharged the fashion sector in terms of personalised on-demand knitted goods. They often have some really great collaborations — recently with the likes of US brand Opening Ceremony — but I chose this over-sized cotton knitted t-shirt which is released under their white label brand (UMd) as I really like the concept behind customising the stripes by typing in a name or other word. Very cool, and definitely a forward look to the future of fashion.
Finally, while yak isn’t an animal one would pair with the likes of the British Isles, Tom Lane have paired with another British brand, Khunu, to produce these super soft and comfortable yak wool socks. Amazingly soft and warm, yak wool rivals the luxury and comfort of cashmere and angora.