Men’s knitwear. A decade ago that phrase would only be used to describe v-neck, button down grey sweaters Grandpas all over the world wore. (Which I still love to wear to this day.) Though we have seen many sweater vests, beanies, scarves, sweatshirts, and crew-neck pullover sweaters knitwear has remained pretty bland in my opinion. Solid colors are made to look interesting with layers, and I can only stand so much argyle. There was need for a change.
Well someone must have heard my plea. Today, I see men’s knit-wear has finally evolved to a place I can call home. With a touch of edginess, these knitwear designs can add a touch of the unusual to any fall wardrobe.
One of my favorites is Sibling, the bold, progressive men’s knitwear label. Launched on May 29th 2008 was born out of a desire to give knit-wear for men a kick. All their collections experiment with bright, neon colors and their association with strong patterns such as leopard print, or a skull pattern. The contradiction between toughness and playfulness gives these classic styles new life. Sibling is a collaboration between Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery. Between them they have served under the guidance of Alexander
McQueen, Giles Deacon, Gallliano, Lanvin, Jonathan Saunders and Bella Freud; and their influences show.
Then there is also another up-and-coming favorite. Hailing from the Danish School of Design, Jeppe Hellemann Worning, has already begun to show great promise and talent in his designs.
Dear Intermediate Knitters: So you know how to knit and purl, make a hat, socks, scarves. How about moving on to the real deal — sweaters. The Textile Arts Center is offering a class in Seamless Sweaters coming this November!