By Arwa Lodhi
Colder weather means warmer clothing. But somehow, knitwear can be a bit same-ish. I mean, how many black jumpers do we all have in the closet?
On the other hand, it seems at Christmas time, here in the UK at least – people go a bit crazy with the knitwear: reindeer jumpers and snowflake sweaters feature pretty prominently. But never fear – there is a middle ground! It’s super easy to stay stylish and warm this winter with eco-friendly knitwear. These brands in our selection use only naturally dyed wool, alpaca or cashmere to help keep the cold at bay.
This brand uses traditional Chilean weaving techniques and materials to create ethically made ponchos, sweaters, dresses and other clothing with a distinctively indigenous flavour.
Taught to knit by her grandmother as a young girl, Myhhria Resneck has since learned how to transform knitwear into must-have pieces that act as staples in any wardrobe. She’s most famous for her ‘scribble knits’, as seen below, which come in the form of scarves, gloves, and of course, sweaters.
Inspired by the style of the gauchos in the Argentinian pampas, Animana ethically knits roomy sweaters, shawls and wraps from pure, sustainable Andean alpaca.
A master of the soft touch, Brunello Cucinelli has created a brand that is quietly luxurious. Not for social climbers, gold diggers or those who think a logo equals instant chic, his buttery cashmere appeals to those who simply know quality when they see it. We love how his entire range is produced in a small Italian village, which Cucinelli has supported culturally for decades.ghy
Buying knitwear made by prisoners may not seem so ethical, but since Carcel pays its Peruvian makers, who normally knit anyway out of boredom, it seems to be ok. Using only the softest baby alpaca fibres, the brand creates a luxurious range of sweaters, tees and track pants.
Main image: Carcel
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