THE FISHERMAN’S KNIT FOR SUMMER

On first glance, the words of “Fisherman’s Knit” and “Summer” in the same sentence seem complete madness, however if we look back into history theres much we can channel from the likes of JFK, for example, drifting around on his yacht.

Although the jumper itself displays the cream colour found on the traditional Aran fisherman’s jumper, woven naturally on the islands that bear that name, these more modern takes are not a heavy wool with natural oils as protection, but a lightweight and breathable Pima cotton. Something which has a good weight to keep you warm as the summer nights cool down a little, yet light enough you wont be frying in the mid-day sun.

Keeping in check with modern cuts you will find that todays Fisherman Knits have a slimmer, narrower fit, so it wont look like you are wearing a thick bedsheet, yet they still contain that ribbed pattern which ideally compliments a rough fabric like your denim jeans. Take a look at our examples below of whos doing it, and how to wear it.

Italian fashion house Canali brought the knit upon us with their SS15 show in Milan. In the above image they have paired it with some tailored trousers and crisp white trainers for a fresh summer look which fits into most social occasions.

Wear it like Leonardo DiCaprio did in the recent film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. You might not have the vast linen closest he has in this scene, but you can mirror his mysterious millionaire style with this example showing the light, ribbed pattern across the chest and rolled up sleeves to give a more relaxed demeanor.

Presidential style here from one John F Kennedy. This lightweight knit was always a favourite with him and should be with you so wether its sailing off Cape Cod or drifting into town for a drink, this little number should be on your back to fend off that cool summer breeze.

LUXURY LINE WITH OLIVER SWEENEY

In an ever more modernising era were comfort and a more dressed style have merged, Oliver Sweeney has delivered to us a lovely hybrid in the form of their new luxury trainers line. They are a combination of your finest Oxfords, and premium a trainer which has a finish, not to disimilar to Berluti.

Aimed as a reference to classic photography and vintage cameras, the trainers beautifully posses that high shine achieved through hand coating the Italian leather, notably in the same factory as their dress shoes, with layers of polish to deliver that tamponato finish, something which stands out well on a more casual shoe.

For the customer there will be three styles to select from, the chukka boot (top picture) and both a low and high-top shoe as seen below.  These top end kicks are finished with some lovely subtle, almost hidden stitching which further displays the craftsmanship of Oliver Sweeney. I adore the almost wood like appearance, yet contradictory padding on the high-top for example, that reminds you in fact it is not a clogg you a wearing but a comfortable premium trainer.

Be sure to give your trainer game a business edge and check out the range now. Available from £279 at www.oliversweeney.com