Harry Stedman Shawl Collar Cardigan
November 26 2013, 0 Comments
The classic shawl collar cardigan has been favoured by many well-dressed gentleman from the 20th century such as Sean Connery, Steve McQueen, President John F. Kennedy, Miles Davis and countless others... Many believe that the history of the shawl collar cardigan started with Lieutenant General James Brudenell, Seventh Earl of Cardigan. It is said that in 1854 during the Crimean War the Lieutenant General wore a knit jacket with fur shawl collar and gold braids. The knit jacket piece minus the fur collar and gold braids later became a popular wardrobe staple. It has also been said that the shawl collar on the cardigan had been morphed from the Victorian smoking jackets, first examples emerged in and around the 1920?s. Whichever historical reference is closer to the first creation of the shawl collar cardigan, it has been worn by many due to its versatility and comfort both with formal and casual attire. Our own Harry Stedman shawl collar cardigan features a chunky merino wool knit with double knitted collar and buffalo horn buttons. Merino wool is one of the softest types of wool due its long fibres. It helps regulate body temperature keeping the wearer warm, as well as being slightly moisture repellent and even has antibacterial properties. You can purchase your own Harry Stedman shawl collar cardigan here.