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My Steve McQueen cardigan(s) - This time in heavy cashmere made by White of Hawick

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by JanSolo, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Hello everybody,

    today I'd like to post a quick pictorial review of a recent acquisition. It's a Steve-McQueen-type cardigan with a thick shawl collar made from heavy 3-ply cashmere.
    Originally a classic piece of knitwear that has been in production for ages, this type of cardigan has become quite popular during the last couple of years. Some fans call it the "Big Sur Cardigan"due to the location in northern California were many photos of McQueen were taken. It was extensivly shown in William Claxton's book "Steve McQueen" which is an absolute treasure trove in terms of classic casual menswear.

    Here's the original which is presumably made from lambswool:



    One more in b/w with William Claxton:


    McQueen had an incredible timeless taste and you'll find many, many design classics in this book ranging from crepe soled Clarks shoes to heavy welted motorcycle boots, from slim fitting poloshirts to Baracuta jackets, not to speak of Lee and Wrangler jeans, chinos and tons of knitwear. In fact this book might have even inspired recent Hollywood costume designers.

    Brad Pitt in "The curious case of Benjamin Button":


    The cardigan: It's made from really heavy 3-ply cashmere in the correct shade which is sort of a greyish blue-green. White calls it 'slate grey'.

    The sleeves are not set-in (McQueen's cardigan) but the jacket is fully fashioned with saddle shoulders.


    The jacket is fitted with five leather wrapped football-type buttons and two smaller buttons to close the jacket up to the neck if you need to.


    As you can see the label says "Lochcarron Cashmere". Lochcarron (yes, the company that makes the tartans that are used in Aero jackets) is the parent company of White's of Hawick.


    The overall quality of this piece of garment is superb but I expected nothing less from a piece of knitwear that was manufactured in the Scottish borders. The cashmere wool is extraordinary soft but the jacket is very densely knitted. Therefore it's also surprisingly heavy and you can tell that there is a lot of wool in it. The size tag says "L" but due to the tight knit the jacket fits like a medium.
    Note the separate knitted pocket bags. The pockets appear to be patch pockets but they are set-in.


    Me, knitwear, tree (as usual). What do you think?



    The cardigan was bought from this place:


    Their page is quite generic so it's best to give them a call to check what they have in stock.
    I've talked to Margaret and some other girls who work there and our conversations over the phone have been a very pleasant experience for me! They really take their time to make sure you get what you want. They even measured a number of sweaters for me whilst we were speaking over the phone. I've also bought a couple of lambswool items from them and the quality is also incredibly good.
  2. djgo-cat-go

    djgo-cat-go Practically Family

    That is one heck of a cardigan! very nice!!
  3. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    Looks great, Jan.

    I'm a big fan of cashmere cardigans. I wear them as outerwear in 40F-60F temps. Sometimes I'll wear them casually under an overcoat in the winter.

    Several years back I picked up a few 12 ply cashmere cardigans at the closing sale of the legendary Sulka in New York. Navy, red, cream and grey; along with matching scarves (which I never pair together ;)) I still kick myself for not getting one in green and yellow too.


    STEVIEBOY1 Practically Family

    That is a really great looking cardigan Jan. Rgds Steve
  5. Dave E

    Dave E One of the Regulars

    That's very nice. Been keeping my eyes open for a nice, classic looking one of those at a good price.
  6. Another thumbs up.
  7. Edward

    Edward Bartender

    Excellent! I love that style myself; I have a couple already, though I'm still keeping an eye out for a burgundy and/or bottle green...
  8. 53Effie

    53Effie A-List Customer

    Great sweater Jan. Enjoy it. That tree is getting to be your trademark, I think. It wouldn't seem right without it.
  9. Thanks everybody. Yes I really like this cardigan. It's warm and incredibly soft. When worn with just a t-shirt and a pair of jeans or chinos it adds to a contemporary look.

    Wow!! 12-ply cashmere! I wish I had a sweater made out of that!
  10. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

  11. Oh dear! That is dear!
  12. andy richards

    andy richards Practically Family

    Great looking cardigan. I like the colour very much. Fits you well, Jan! Congrats.
  13. Rayson

    Rayson New in Town

    Lovely stuff. So White Of Hawick accommodates much more than the website suggests.
  14. subject101

    subject101 One of the Regulars

  15. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    Fine clothing can get pricey. [huh]

    STEVIEBOY1 Practically Family

    Yes, good afternoon gentlemen, I have bought a number of great sweaters from White of Hawick, they are very good and get some good garments in. Rgds Steve.
  17. Dodo

    Dodo Familiar Face

    Really nice cardigan Jan, it fits you better than Brad Pitt :eusa_clap:eusa_clap . It wiil be interesting to know the price range this cashmere cardi is sold before ask WoH (only if the tree agrees on sharing this info :cool:)
  18. Thanks Dodo! I think the price for the cardi is about 220 Pounds but I think its currently sold out. I got mine as a special deal because it was the last one. There will be more in the near future. That's at least what White told me...
  19. Dodo

    Dodo Familiar Face

    I'll ask WoH about it even if, for personal experience, I'm not so sure about raglan (do you call 'em the same!?!?) sleeves 'cause they don't fit me as nice as traditional sleeves. Thanks for the info, Jan and happy you made a deal!
  20. Wow! At that price I hope it comes with free mothballs

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