6 Quirky Knitwear Brands to Know Before Sweater Season
It’s about that time of year when you’ll have to retire your collection of flirty summer dresses to make room for chunky fall knits.
Fortunately, sweaters don't have to be drab or depressing anymore.
There's a group of cool knitwear designers — known for their whimsical touches and graphic prints — that offer a playful alternative to the classics. And it turns out, color and pattern aren't just for summer.
These knitwear brands might make you feel a little bit more optimistic about the coming season (and even more excited to pack for your upcoming fall vacation).
Fashion writer and stylist Natalie Joos launched her knitwear collection this summer, and it's inspired by slim-fit vintage knitwear and comes in a variety of nostalgic hues and prints. The retro, lightweight, and short sleeve styles make for the perfect transitional knit to ease you into fall.
JED's brand mission is to create classic knits with character, which is precisely what you'll find in his collection. Jed himself describes his brand as "a magic carpet ride to elsewhere." He applies the interesting colors, textures, and complex craftsmanship from distant places to timeless silhouettes.
The Elder Statesman
A forever favorite when it comes to hand-spun knits, The Elder Statesman's sweaters are as relaxed as they are luxurious. Each season, you can rely on the Los Angeles-based brand to provide the best quality knitwear without taking itself too seriously. This season, designer Greg Chait added Navajo themes and colorful stripes and checks that’ll add serious cool to your fall wardrobe.
Designer Giuliana Raggiani is known for timeless and ageless knitwear with a sense of humor. You'll find designs like the brand's staple sweater, the “Nonna” — a tight, ribbed turtleneck inspired by her late grandmother — in a variety of colors.
To buy: giugiu.squarespace.com
Though it was established in 1903, there's nothing old or tired about this Scottish knitwear brand. Using traditional knitwear practices, Barrie knits are an ode to the classics — but with a modern twist. (Barrie is also the in-house knitwear supplier for Chanel.)
You won't find the classic fisherman's knit in this line of quirky, techy knitwear. Launched in 2014, PH5 incorporates playful woven techniques and an unrestricted use of color, adding a fanciful sensibility to all its knits.
To buy: ph5.com