Scotland has a long tradition of creating great quality, stylish knitwear; most manufacturing now takes place overseas but there are still a core group of Scottish mills producing luxury knitwear. What is it about Scottish knitwear that makes it so sought after?  Well Scottish knitwear manufacturers are able to draw on their centuries of experience and the expertise of the skilled craftsmen in their employ to create high quality pieces. In addition the water in mill towns such as Hawick is ideal for washing knitted garments as it gives them a super soft finish. This combination of skill, experience and natural resources makes Scottish knitwear utterly irresistible.

Today new brands still manufacture knitwear in the Scottish borders to take advantage of these excellent British producers. One such brand is Pip/James; this contemporary knitwear brand has a laid back aesthetic aimed at young, modern clientele. The brand helps to keep the tradition of Scottish knitwear production alive by manufacturing all its designs in a factory in Hawick.  Pip/James’ knits are a million miles away from dowdy jumpers and cardigans you often think of when you hears the word ‘knitwear’. Instead the brand’s pieces are up to date, casual and easy to wear; these are jumpers to be thrown on atop jeans or even just worn around the house. Coming in both classic blacks and blue as well as bright colours and even stripes Pip/James jumpers would easily fit into a youthful modern wardrobe. The jumpers are made of 100% Merino wool making them soft and comfortable but also easy to care for; Pip/James’ pieces can be machine washed and even tumble dried without losing their shape. In short Pip/James’ use traditional manufacturers to create knits fit for today’s knitwear lover.

With young brands, such as Pip/James, bringing Scottish-made knitwear to a new generation hopefully the Scottish mills will be continue producing high quality garments well into the future.

Hannah Balsdon

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Here at Lux-Fix there are a few brands that just bring a smile to our faces time and time again; Chinti and Parker is one of them. The eco-aware brand’s new collection has just landed on Lux-Fix and we couldn’t be more excited. Launched back in 2009 by Anna Singh and Rachael Wood, Chinti and Parker creates relaxed but chic knitwear and comfy basics are wearable, ethical and utterly irresistible. This is a brand that manages to strike the perfect balance between practicality and style with the label’s clothes using soft fabrics and subtle colours to create deceptively simple wardrobe staples. Modern but not overly trendy Chinti and Parker’s designs are interesting and unique meaning that they will continue to look fresh for seasons to come.

Whilst the brand’s basics are beautifully cut and easy to wear Chinti and Parker’s speciality will always be their chic knitwear. The label’s stylish sweaters always feature bold contemporary blocks of colour, simple yet endearing patterns and plenty of British charm and this season is no exception with the brand uses blue and green accents to liven up their relaxed pieces. Knitwear will always be a key part of any woman’s autumn wardrobe and Chinti and Parker’s quirky knits are ideal for the colder months. This knitwear for long walks autumnal forests, bonfires and late night Christmas shopping. In addition the brand’s knits are also chic enough to style on daily basis; in essence this is hardworking knitwear that can be thrown on over anything from skirts to dresses to relaxed denim.

Chinti and Parker’s may seem a little quirky or a bit too casual at first glance but, in reality the brand’s pieces have a versatility that few knits share. These are clothes that are just crying out to become your favourite go-to sweater. These are fresh but wearable clothes that possess both individuality and style. In short these are knits and basics that would fit comfortably into any wardrobe.

-Hannah Balsdon

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It may seem a little odd to start talking about luxury knitwear just as summer arrives but contemporary knitwear brand Needle produce knits that are just as wearable in summer as they are in winter. The brand’s comfortable pieces are modern and functional; these are knits designed for stylish contemporary wardrobes. Yet Needle’s pieces also possess a certain opulence and timeless style; this is luxury knitwear made to last. Needle’s knits are fashionable without being too trendy and luxurious whilst also being wearable. This is knitwear that ticks every sartorial box; it is comfortable, wearable and stylish and, really, who could ask for more?

Founded by two industry professionals, knitwear product developer Lizzie and designer Emma, Needle produces all its stylish pieces in Italy. In essence this is a brand with the capacity to draw on a wealth of knitwear expertise to create its clothing and it is this experience that sets Needle’s stylish knitwear apart from the crowd. Needle’s spring summer 2014 collection features pieces just made for variable British summer climate with breezy knitted tee sitting beside timeless chunky cable knits. This is knitwear to be thrown on during cool evenings outdoors, to be packed for summer adventures or layered up for gloomy days in the city. In short Needle’s knitwear has a versatility that makes it ideal for the summer months; this is knitwear light and stylish enough to work in both cool and warm weather. In addition Needle does not slavishly follow seasonal trends giving their pieces a sense of permanence and durability; this is knitwear you can wear all year round for many years to come.

Needle knitwear is designed for those who appreciate quality over quantity; who like their knitwear luxuriously soft but ultimately wearable. Knitwear is often seen as practical cold weather wardrobe staple Needle’s stylish knits, however, are designed to be worn, not just in winter, but all year round.

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Needle is a knitwear brand dedicated to providing women with luxurious but wearable knitwear; comfortable pieces that can be worn everyday and add a touch of opulence to your daily wardrobe. Founded by knitwear product developer Lizzie and designer Emma all the brand’s stylish pieces are produced in Italy and are ideal for the chilly British winter. Needle’s stylish knitwear is fashionable without being too trendy, lush yet wearable and wonderfully versatile. This is knitwear at its best, sumptuous yet practical perfect for winter layering but also style statement in its own right. In short Needle knitwear provides everything you could possible want from a comfy winter knit.

Needle’s autumn winter 2013 collection features chunky cable knits, colourful stripes and striking houndstooth patterns as well as ladylike pleated cardigans and peter pan collars. The variety of the collection means that whatever your cold weather style Needle will have a piece for you. This is versatile functional knitwear that gives the modern woman a plethora of styling options; the Rome cable knit for example could just thrown on underneath a parka or, alternatively, teamed  with this season’s check trousers and a pair of loafers for an on trend winter look. Likewise Needle’s Peter Pan Jumper and Venice Pleat cardigan would make an excellent addition to a work wardrobe yet could also be added to jeans for more relaxed look. Needle’s knitwear does not closely adhere to seasonal trends yet their pieces are fashionable enough to fit snugly into any fashion conscious wardrobe. This unique but fashionable knitwear with just a hint of personality, as such Needle’s pieces will easily last beyond this winter.

With the weather growing ever colder we all feel the urge to wrap up in something lusciously warm and comfortable. Knitwear is the obvious solution to such winter weather woes and Needle’s knitwear is designed to get you through whatever the British climate throws at you in both comfort and style.

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Autumn is the perfect season to update your knitwear collection and fortunately Chinti and Parker’s new collection has just landed on Lux-Fix. Get ready for casual but chic knits and stylish womenswear basics. Founded in 2009 by Cousins Anna Singh and Rachael Wood, Chinti and Parker is a brand dedicated to providing stylish yet ethical garments. Their clothes utilise flattering cuts, soft fabrics and subtle palettes to create easy to wear wardrobe staples. Taking into account current trends but not slavishly following them, Chinti and Parker’s designs look fresh and contemporary, fashionable but not trendy; these are clothes designed to last. Indeed, this is clothing for the style conscious woman with an ethical conscience; clothing that perfectly combines style and substance.

Chinti and Parker’s signature pieces are probably their comfy yet chic sweaters; coming in a variety of colours and featuring cute quirky prints their knits would make an ideal addition to any winter wardrobe. Their star or moon sweaters for instance would make a stylish but subtle choice for a bonfire night outfit. Likewise their abstract triangle sweaters would look great paired with jeans, ankle boots and a parka. In essence these are hardworking autumn winter staples that can be paired with anything from this season’s skirts and dresses to a laid back pair of jeans or even leather trousers.

Chinti and Parker’s other womenswear pieces also exemplify the brand’s chic yet versatile aesthetic. Their printed trousers, skirts and shirts can be matched together to create a fashion-forward look or worn as fun separates. Their basic shirts and Breton stripes could also accompany a variety of looks; the Breton Stripe T-shirt with its striking orange pocket could be dressed up with a circle skirt or worn beneath a biker jacket to channel a rock ‘n’ roll cool.

 

Chinti and Parker’s versatile, stylish garments are the sort of clothes that quickly become go-to wardrobe staples. These are clothes that can be worn again and again and yet possess a freshness and individuality. All of this makes Chinti and Parker’s clothing desirable enough but their ethical commitment make them almost irresistible.

Hannah Balsdon

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