There’s nothing I love so much as a soft, cozy, oversized sweater. Just ask my boyfriend, I steal his on the regular. So when I saw look 15 float down the stairs of an Upper East Side townhouse during The Row’s fall 2014 presentation last February, I was smitten.
It was a simple look: White fisherman sweater, white pants. But like everything The Row does, the concept is simple but the execution is anything but. I went to visit that sweater up close at The Row’s press day–the cable-knit pattern is incredibly detailed and there are actual pleats in the shoulders–something I’ve never seen before. (It also probably weighs about five pounds).
I think stylist Anastasia Barbieri must feel the same way about this sweater. She put Natalia Vodianova in it for the June cover of WSJ. magazine, despite the fact that it’s pretty seasonally inappropriate.
It’s a special sweater, so we checked in with The Row to find out the story behind it, and how something that luxe and that intricate gets made.
“The idea of a rare comfort was essential to the collection and this new interpretation of a classic fisherman sweater personifies that,” The Row tells us. “Each sweater is hand knit in New York and takes over 90 hours to create. The complexity of the design pushed the craftsmanship of cable knitting to new heights.”
A price point hasn’t been set yet but I think it’s safe to say The Row’s fisherman sweater will remain my dream sweater, while I continue to troll thrift stores for old Irish Aran jumpers.