Colhay’s: Slim Scottish knitwear
Colhay’s is a start-up offering Scottish knitwear in slim fits, and some smaller sizes.
As unique selling points go, it’s fairly niche. I did debate whether, given that, it was worth a full article on PS.
But I I think is, for a couple of reasons.
First because the brand, its product and presentation, are executed very well. The knitwear is great, the taste level spot on, and the information well done.
Those things mean that this could become a reliable place for a Permanent Style reader to consistently get their quality knitwear, and at a couple of different price points.
Secondly, I’ve tried the knitwear myself and it’s perfect for me. That’s very subjective and personal, of course, but then most things on this site are necessarily.
The navy crewneck I have, and have been wearing and trying out, is my perfect weight, style and fit. It has become a foundational piece in my wardrobe.
Colhay’s was launched last October by Ronnie Chiu, an ex-lawyer and long-time Permanent Style reader, who couldn’t find good knitwear to fit him.
Ronnie is Hong Kong Chinese (though grew up in New Zealand, and lives in London) and is small and slim. He wears a 36-inch chest jacket, sometimes 34. Even size XS knitwear is usually too big in the waist. He couldn't find anything that worked for him.
So, in the way these things usually go, Ronnie set out to develop some himself, spending a lot of time visiting mills in Scotland (and some in Italy).
A year later, he had a pattern and product he liked, and created a range of knits in both cashmere and lambswool.
The USP, as I said, is a little narrow - potentially only appealing to men who are as small and slim as Ronnie.
But as I’ve lamented in the past, slim fitting knitwear in any size is not easy to find. It’s one reason I’ve recommended Luca Faloni consistently, and tried made-to-measure from the likes of Saman Amel and others.
The sizes do come up a little small, and for a while I erred between a 40 and a 42. I'm basically a 40 chest with the waist of a 38, but I did find the Colhay's 40 a little close under the arms, initially.
Having tried both though, the 40 was the right choice. It's not too short in the body or sleeves (often an issue for me when I pick the smaller of two sizes) and it has given a little in the arms, to fit very comfortably. (I wouldn't say it has stretched, just conformed very slightly.)
Other than the slimness, the knitwear is pretty standard. Standard length and sleeve, standard ribbing (not doubled back) and medium-depth V-neck. That medium depth is one reason I won’t get the V - I like it longer - but the crew neck is perfect, sitting a little higher than some models.
It's certainly a luxury piece elsewhere. The cashmere from Todd & Duncan is really lovely, and the lambswool is fine - enough to be something I would wear over just a T-shirt without it being scratchy.
The weight is also perfect. Both cashmere and lambswool are 300g, the former 2-ply and the latter 1-ply. That’s what you want for wearing under a jacket, yet not being so fine that it can’t be worn on its own.
Luca Faloni's cashmere is also mostly 2-ply, and there’s an interesting comparison there.
The Todd & Duncan cashmere that Colhay’s uses feels rather different to the Cariaggi yarn from Luca Faloni. The former is typical Scottish, the latter typical Italian.
Italian cashmere tends to have more retail appeal. It feels softer. But it’s also usually knitted a little more loosely, and has more finishing.
There are other reasons for the difference too, including the way the yarn is carded. But overall the result is that Scottish cashmere is a little more robust, yet takes a while to feel as soft.
There are also style differences between the two brands. I love the soft browns of Faloni, but always felt the navy was a little too blue. Colhay’s has a better navy, but doesn't those other, warm Italian colours.
And the cable styles aren’t as fine. More Scottish again.
Colhay’s is a little expensive - £295 for a cashmere crew neck - but I still think decent value.
Ronnie is not trying to undercut the market by charging a small margin. Rather, he's charging industry-standard margins and allowing for things like events, shops and wholesale in the future.
And of course there is the lambswool offering as well as cashmere - where knits start at £165.
A couple of other nice things I’d mention about Colhay’s are the branding, and the information.
The site as a whole, and the content, feel modern and young. That’s not something that Scottish knitwear companies - or indeed most of their UK stockists - are always great at.
It’s the photography and videos, but also style choices like having horn buttons on the shawl cardigans (above) rather than leather.
This was something Ronnie deliberately aimed for, and hopefully it will help the site have a broader appeal, convincing more men to buy decent knitwear.
And the information on the site is impressive. Silly things like explaining what ‘ply’ and ‘gauge’ mean, or whether 300g is light or heavy for knitwear.
I’ve long bemoaned the lack of product information offered by most brands (often ‘100% cashmere’ and ‘imported’ is all you get) and Colhay’s is a good model for what all brands should be offering, in my view.
For the moment, Colhay’s is only online, but Ronnie does meet customers in person around London, and plans to do events and trunk shows.
The website contact form is the best way to reach out for the moment.
I wish Ronnie luck, and I hope he continues to carry these good wardrobe staples for years to come.
I think you should visit Todd and Duncan 🙂 I have sort of given up on buying cashmere for some of the reasons you mention above; ie lack of info and the feeling that you are entering into a crap-shoot when you buy it: will it be good? will it last? Price is only a rough determination of quality I’ve found. I have some old Caerlee Mills (Ballantyne) cashmere sweaters which will hopefully last a good while yet. Kung Hei Fat Choi to Ronnie!
Thanks, yes I would like to. So many places in Scotland I still haven’t visited
It’s really nice that such offering appeared for smaller men. Now I just wish somebody would do the same thing for tall guys. There is literally NO knitwear available that I can wear, the result being that I own only one cardigan with sleeves that are way too short. It’s impossible to dress properly without some knitwear in your wardrobe, but as much as I really want and need something exactly like Colhay’s shawl-collar cardigan, the sleeves would need to be at least 10 cm longer… (You can see that even on the model the sleeves are too short in the photos, and he is not that tall.)
Have you tried made to measure knitwear, eg from Saman Amel?
Not easy when you live in Central Europe, unfortunately. Additionally, Saman Amel and Luca Faloni offer knitwear that is too fine for my purposes (I get no use, e.g., of sweaters under jackets as I run way too hot for that even in the winter). Currently I am in the process of searching for some local knitwear specialists that will be able to make something MTM for me, however this market is virtually non-existent in my country, at least as far as high-quality knitwear is concerned (as opposed to past-time knitters using cheap acrylic etc.). Oh well.
Robert, I’m sure you’ve heard S.N.S. Herning? Their garments are perhaps a bit more casual than you’d like. However, I’ve disproportionately longs arms and their sleeves and slim bodies are the best I’ve found in knitwear. Do let us know if you ever find sleeves of an acceptable length! I for one am always on the hunt.
Thank you for the recommendation, Andrew. I have not heard of them before. You’re right to suppose they’re a bit too casual for my current needs, but I’ll keep them in mind if I ever require something more like this. (A bit annoying when a brand doesn’t care to post detailed garment measurements on their website though.)
I echo the recommendation for SNS Herning for the tall and slim.
Although some of the elements of the detailing may err on the casual I’ve found their lighter weight knits particularly useful.
I have had to size up considerably however, which is irritating for the unwary if you’re buying from afar. They do provide very detailed garment measurements (per individual design) with production tolerances & how they measure diagrams if you enquire, which I would very much recommend.
SNS Herning jumpers are excellent. I have several and find the fit and quality superb.
I don’t know if anybody will see it anymore, but since there was a bit of a discussion about knitwear for tall and slim here, I’ll make an update.
Since then I managed to (with a break forced by COVID) order and have delivered an MTM shawl collar cardigan from the London-based 40 Colori. I don’t know if Simon or any of the readers have heard about them, but I wholeheartedly recommend. The item is great in both material and fit, and the customer service is absolutely excellent.
Interesting, thanks Robert
Interesting, i consider myself average height but find almost all knitwear too long. Saman Amel is a god send in this regard.
I “suffer” the same problem. I’m not that tall (176cm) and wear small in size. Usually knitwear that is fine in the body is too short in armlenght. MTM Knitwear is also virtually not existent in my area. Besides of Loro Piana, which I consider to be to pricy. A good online-service would certainly fill a nice niche.
I’ve been looking at a camel hair shawl collar which as 5 buttons. Simon in this case, is it possible from a tailoring standpoint to change a camel hair cardigan from 5 buttons to 4, to look like your PS cardigan? You’d have to reposition the button holes. Thanks
No, it wouldn’t be possible to remove the existing buttonholes invisibly
Wouldn’t you have to just stitch up the existing button holes then cut new ones? The stitching wouldn’t look great if you wear the cardigan unbuttoned, but I don’t. Is that something you’d go for if you don’t like the 5 button look? It’s hard to find my sizing in the first place
The buttonholes wouldn’t look good, in fact fairly ugly. This was knitted remember, not woven
Thanks very much for an excellent article. This is one of those times when one is split between being pleased to see something being recognised and worried that people will descend on what way until now a niche brancd/suplpier. I hope stock can keep up!
I also utterly agree with you on Luca Faloni’s blue being too blue. I have grey, camel and brown form them but sold on both my cashmere blues for taht very reason. Amazing how that subtle difference in shades of Navy/ Midnight can make all the difference.
It’s nice that you’ve reviewed Colhays Simon, helping smaller companies to get noticed. I have their shawl collar cardigan and it’s certainly very nice, chunky yet slim fitting (I can compare it to Anderson and Shepard’s in slimness, not length or weight).
I originally heard about them via Instagram, and was swayed to try them because of the detailed information on the site.
I’d like to add that Ronnie was very helpful in answering my queries via email before I placed the order.
As a short guy who spends a lot of his clothes shopping time looking for pieces like this in small, slim sizes, I’m over the moon!
On a related note, Simon what do you layer over thick shawl collar cardies? I have a few (including your A&S collaboration) but definitely wear them less, either because it’s raining or I’m loath to use them as an outer layer on public transport!
It’s hard to put much over the top except a very roomy piece of outerwear, like a parka or a duffle coat.
I usually layer my vintage M-65, which is a bit loose-fitting, over my cardigans when the weather is bad. Granted, I wear my cardigans very casually, typically with denim.
Sounds like a great combination
This looks wonderful! As a slim Asian 5’9″ and 135 lbs, it’s very difficult to get good quality knitwear without long sleeves or bagginess. Was disappointed in my trip to Smedley on Jermyn St. but interestingly, I did recently find Smedleys at home in Vancouver that fit well, possibly different cut made for our big Asian population? The PS/AS shawl Cardigan has a gorgeous navy, but the style is more loose fitting than preferred. The Colhay seems like a great fit…too bad the shawl Cardigan doesn’t come in a rich navy like the PS one. Just wondering, does the lambswool scratch at all, how does it compare to fine merino?
I don’t find it scratch, no. With most lambswool I wouldn’t wear just a T-shirt underneath, I’d want long sleeves. But I’m fine with this.
Not as smooth/fine as merino though.
Just wondering how the sizing of Luca Faloni 2 ply crew neck sweaters compare to Colhays? I take a 42 in Colhays given the slim fit, but wondering whether I should opt for a size large (40) in Luca Faloni? Many thanks
I find I take a Small in most Luca Faloni, so yes on that you should take a Large. But I am probably between sizes with Faloni. I took a Medium in the roll neck, for example, as I wanted a little more room/comfort
Being an ex-lawyer myself, I understand the attraction of leaving law in the rearview mirror. Wishing the company every success.
I’m delighted you wrote this piece; I’ve been looking for modern, slim fitting sweaters for what feels like forever, I’ll definitely give these a try!
Did you try their shawl-collar cardigan? If so, in what size and how did you feel about the body length and sleeve length? It’s advertised as having a “shorter body” – I’ve never owned or even tried a thick cardigan before but I’d imagine it looks best when the length is equal to that of a traditional suit jacket: just long enough to cover the bum. What are your thoughts on the matter?
I did yes, in a 40. It’s a little shorter but not much.
Most cardigans of this type don’t fall that low though – it’s higher, just below where knitwear normally would be, on your hips. That’s a good place, unless you want something much loungier
Thanks for bringing this company to our attention.
I’m really tempted by the camel ribbed roll-neck as it looks fabulous.
I’m perturbed by the idea of it not being practical though, since it would heat me up like a coat I’m guessing, which means I wouldn’t wear it indoors but then equally I wouldn’t wear it alone as an outdoor piece ? Not sure if my concern is a valid one.
I’d love to hear any ideas about the practicality of this kind of piece.
If you’d never wear that weight of knitwear then it’s certainly not for you. But I do, for example at home at the weekend where the house is not as warm as an office during the day. And on a very cold day I would put on that and a coat to go outside, particularly on a long walk for instance
Just how ‘slim’ is the fit Simon?
Would the fit exclude anyone of a bulkier frame?
I don’t think so PM, but obviously it depends how much bulkier. Best way to tell is to look at the site measurements, and maybe compare them to something you own for reference
Though if you want that larger fit, the standard shape – usually the one offered by the mills themselves – might work better
Which other brands sell knitwear made using Todd & Duncan cashmere?
It’s not possible to know really – a lot will that make in Scotland, but few brands say who makes their knitwear, let alone what yarn they use
saw you wearing a cream lambswool shawl collar cardigan by Colhays, presumably made by S&C. How did you like it? Is it soft? How is the cut different from the PS Indulgent Cardigan? Thank-you
It’s really nice, yes, and pretty soft.
It’s a very different cut to the PS one though – much more like the Drake’s one, or other S&C.
The PS is longer, thicker, roomier, and higher in the neck.
This isn’t specifically related to Colhay’s but more generally to styling knitwear. In that vein, what is the deal with tucking in sweaters (aka knit jumpers)? I see it all the time in fashion ads—queue photos especially from The Rake—but I never ever see anyone tuck in a sweater in real life. (I think that Andreas from @flannels_and_tweed has also tucked in his sweater at times, but I’m not entirely convinced he’s real 🙂 ) I’ve experimented with it a couple times, but it’s not very comfortable as sweaters are almost invariably too thick to comfortably tuck in. Ime curious about your thoughts on this phenomenon. I’m not sure if there’s enough to say for it to warrant it’s own PS post but perhaps something to note as part of a larger piece contrasting the real world versus the fashion ad world?
Very good point. I never tuck my sweaters in. Like you, when I’ve seen others doing it, I’ve tried it, but it is so impractical. It’s a fashion I’ve filtered.
It’s also unusual, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when it comes to menswear, it doesn’t help if something stands out and looks impractical too. I think it only works in that vein if you’re somewhere very cold. Preferably an actual fisherman on an actual boat in an actual gale.
I can see how some that aspire more to the idiosyncratic might like it, but that’s not my style. Lastly, I think it’s often done by guys when a sweater just doesn’t fit that well. Either too big in the waist or too long, and tucking it in disguises that.
Thanks for this Simon. Being of slightly larger frame, Colhay’s shawl cardigan may be too slim.
Note you mention that usually the one offered by the mills themselves is less fitted.
Any suggestion as to which mill used to get same style as Colhay’s shawl cardigan in non slim fit?
Try Scott & Charters, although the shawls aren’t as slim as the other knits – traditional shawls are pretty roomy…
I wanted to second Robert’s comment on 40 Colori – I have not yet ordered with them but came across their relatively new shop on Lamb’s Conduit several months ago, finding high-quality products, an innovative direct-to-manufacturer approach and a truly warm couple running things. I was thinking to recommend Simon check them out so I’m glad Robert’s comment reminded me. I was thinking of ordering a MTM cotton turtleneck and they graciously spent the time discussing the options with me, even though it was not a product they had yet considered offering.
Hi Simon, can you comment on how the Colhays shawl collar cardigan compares to Drake’s in terms of fit?
In particular, Drake’s cardigan seems to be a more relaxed option than a jacket; do you think the Colhays version is smart enough to do that too? The ribbing seems abit chunkier on Colhays cardigan, which might make it less formal? However, I know Drakes’ to be quite baggy under the arms, which I guess Colhays doesn’t have such an issue with as it is slimmer.
Yes, Colhay’s is slimmer. It’s not a big difference on a piece that’s already fairly chunky, but it is there.
Colhay’s also has thicker ribbing and is a heavier ply, both of which make it a little less formal. But I’d still say it would make a decent jacket alternative.
Interesting article on a new brand.
Following on from my knitwear Q&A in another one of your posts (core casual wardrobe), I wanted to know your thoughts comparing two different knits: (1) Colhay’s superfine lambswool sweater and (2) Trunk’s Brendon Merino Crew. Both in navy.
My questions are:
– In your opinion, are both knits similar in terms of material and construction quality?
– In your opinion, would both knits be versatile as part of a casual wardrobe that can also be worn with light tailoring? I note that Colhay’s is a much large 12 gauge knit versus the Trunk merino at 30 gauge. I am trying to ascertain which would be the most versatile out of the two. Could both be worth under a shirt with jeans as well as with flannels and a casual sports jacket?
Thanks for your advice.
– These are similar in terms of quality, but different in material. You’re comparing a fine piece of knitwear with a woollier one – which is seen in the gauge. The heavier gauge is more casual.
– Both could probably be worn in that way, but the lambswool would be better with jeans, and probably more suited to both overall
Hi Simon, may I ask if you took a size 40 or 42 for your Colhay’s crewneck? I find I typically take the same size as you.
I love the brand but do you find it is difficult to wear a collared shirt under the crew neck jumper because the neck is so high and tight that the shirt collar (in my case, a soft OCBD collar) collapses beneath it or constricts in on itself to the point where it looks odd? The high neckline is flattering for wearing the sweater with just a t-shirt underneath, but layering over a collared shirt doesn’t seem to work as well with these crewnecks. Could just be my particular shirt, though.
It is high, you’re right. That’s fine for me, and as you say it does work better than others without a shirt. But it might not be for those with a bigger or lower neck perhaps.
Hi Simon. Interesting article and good to see a quality new brand in the knitwear arena. Knitwear, though, bugs me. I started with Smedley, but I’ve had endless problems with them which I can’t fathom – three returns with stitching coming apart, two with random holes. I can’t help but feel that they’re flimsy, compared to, say, Drake’s. But the latter’s price point has, in my opinion, become ridiculous of late (more expensive than A&S, although it will have its reasons no doubt). I chucked it all in and went for Uniqlo following another article of yours, and it’s OK to be honest. I want to love high end knitwear but it’s tricky.
Interesting Michael. One thing might be how you wear and care for them – more expensive knitwear is often finer and more delicate. I assume you wear carefully, fold away, and wash on delicate, dry on a rack etc?
Just to add my voice to an endorsement for Colhays. I have recently bought both a crewneck and rollneck sweater, both in lambswool. Love the slim fit, quiet colours, and the quality. Ronnie was very helpful in sizing. The very thing to put on under the Permanent Style trench coat or Donegal Tweed balmacaan before heading out under blustery pewter November skies.
Do you prefer the Colhays grey cardigan over Luca Faloni’s grey cashmere version?Both look very nice but I have’nt seen them in person.
I haven’t tried the Faloni shawl cardigan, but it looks like a much finer make – not chunky like the Colhays/Drakes/ScottCharters type
Personally I think the chunky ones are nicer.
Simon, what do you think of the superfine lambswool non-shawl cardigan? I generally prefer a shawl as it adds bulk to the shoulders and flatters the frame. But the non-shawl is slimmer, lighter, less bulky, more versatile (you can wear under a jacket, like the Finest Cardigan, or on its own), and classic. It’s really growing on me. One thing that’s nice about it is, once you put a sweater on, you almost feel “stuck” in it, whereas it’s much easier to put on or take off a cardigan, as needed.
I do like it, and I know what you mean about being stuck in other things. I don’t wear them that much though, as I think a cardigan like that can look a little flimsy, perhaps feminine. I tend to prefer them chunkier (shawl or not) or worn underneath something, like a jacket
I get that. I’d miss the shawl collar too, as I feel scrawny and long-necked without one. I agree cardigans in fabrics like merino (or other similarly sleek, fine fabrics) can look dainty. I think Colhays ameliorates that problem by producing the cardigan in lambswool, which is a bit more textured and rugged. I love the colors they come in (navy, burgundy, oatmeal). And the guy at the top of this article wears it well! I’m strongly considering purchasing one.
I think if you wear that style of garment, it is certainly a good choice.
For what it’s worth, I got the navy lambswool non-shawl cardigan and I love it. Couldn’t recommend more highly. It has a lovely classic, even vintage feel.
Great, thank you
You mentioned that you liked the soft browns of Faloni. Which specific shades are your favourite?
The Nocciola really
Oh, the Nocciola is indeed very nice. What do you think about Ivory, Charcoal Grey, and Dolomiti Grey? Do you think that they are particularly good looking?
Dolomiti grey is the classic, versatile and elegant.
I like charcoal too, but that’s less versatile. And the ivory I don’t like so much, but I think it’s just this particular shade.
So, in your opinion, the best offerings from Faloni would be Nocciola Brown and Dolomiti Grey, right? Do you think that they would work better as a crew neck or a roll neck? Which would you get for each?
Yes, those are the ones I like best.
Whether a crew neck or a rollneck really depends on what else you have, and would wear more. A roll neck is obviously more for colder weather.
Having said that, in general I prefer darker colours for roll necks, so I might pick something else there, like darker grey or navy – see article here on that.
What are your thoughts on Camel Beige? Do you like that colour as well? Do you think that it’s also a classic or would you still select Nocciola Brown if given the choice?
Still the nocciola. I find colours like that camel a bit too strong
I have Luca Faloni cable knit sweaters for n both nocciola and dolomiti grey and highly recommend both. The cable knit design is lovely and versatile – I’ve worn both directly over a T-shirt end over a shirt. I’ve worn both over jeans and flannel trousers. That said, doesn’t really work under a sports jacket. But great for casual wear.
Quality is high, the cashmere is soft, and I’ve received lots of compliments – particularly fir the nocciola.
I’m the proud owner of a few beautiful Colhay’s pieces now, latest acquisition being the cashmere crew neck in grey melange, very useful, hair or two darker than mid grey without being full blown charcoal. The Scot’s are masters as far as I’m concerned, and Ronnie continues to bring a fresh edge.
I have a question regards Colhay’s navy. I noticed a reader in another knitwear related post referencing Steve McQueen in Bullitt, and how his dark navy roll neck/brown sports jacket combination works, owing predominantly to the near black, restrained tone of the navy. I completely agree. Do you reckon Colhay’s navy falls under this same umbrella of near black, muted, dark navy? To my eye, it does. I’m really thinking more denim, navy knitwear and classic brown leather rather than tailoring but I know the same principles apply (or at least should).
I think it probably does fall in that area, yes.
Personally I’d still prefer a grey, charcoal or green there, but i think if you want that look then this navy does fit the bill.
Simon, you mention in the article that the v-neck only has a medium depth. Any suggestions as to where I can find one with a deeper v? I’ve tried John Smedley, but they’re also quite shallow. Thanks.
Only Rubato, but they have a quirky fit in other respects
Ralph Lauren usually have very deep vs in the collection., but are in the Ivy cricket/tennis style,
I find the Drakes V neck, and the depth for the rib itself really nice for this. Closest thing I’ve found personally (other than probably Loro Piana – a price point that was too much for me) to cover this.
The PS v neck looked like it was perfect re depth – I’m not completely giving up hope of a return at some point in the future.
On Rubato – I was fully expecting the size and fit to be “quirky” as Simon says (unintentional, am sure you must have heard that a ton of times!) but it did fit me fine and I don’t go for a high rise trouser or jean. The fact it was a bit shorter in the body did stop the fabric bunching around the waist, even if it’s a bit (not much for me) of a boxier fit.
Hi Simon, wondering whether you have seen Colhays’ henley shirt (https://colhays.com/collections/extrafine-merino/products/merino-rowers-henley-shirt-in-cream-melange) and, if so, what do you think about it? Thanks.
I have, I’ve tried it and it wasn’t really my kind of thing to be honest. I need a collar on something like that
Simon, I’m looking at the cashmere shawl cardigan which looks fantastic, but I noticed that Ronnie produces a shawl in brown lambs wool that looks gorgeous. What are the notable differences between lambs wool and cashmere and which garment would you recommend?
Well cashmere is always going to feel more luxurious and be warmer. Unless you need something much more robust, I’d usually go for cashmere
Thank you sir
did you already had the chance to try the new collegiate sweater from Colhay’s?
I would appreciate your thoughts on it and if you have tried, maybe information about sizing/fit…
I did, and it is very nice. However, I wouldn’t say the look or feel is different enough from the cashmere or lambswool ones to make it worth having both in the wardrobe – probably one or the other.
The styling is a little different too, the raglan sleeve and longer ribbing, but again these are small things.
Thank you for your honest recommendation!
Curious to hear your thoughts on Colhays’ new collection (https://colhays.com/collections/new-in). Colhays is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands–their style is impeccable and they really fill a market void of quality Scottish knitwear for slimmer, younger guys. The new painter’s shawl cardigan in particular looks really nice and has lots of cool details, like the ribbed hem and the subtle jetted pockets. Seems more office-appropriate, and a better sportcoat-alternative, than Colhays’ original, bulkier lambswool shawl cardigan.
Hey. I haven’t tried them yet, but I’ll see Ronnie soon and feed back
How does the navy 2 ply 12 gauge cashmere crewneck from Colhays compare to a similar one from Anderson&Sheppard in terms of quality, style and fit?
The quality will be very similar. The fit will be slimmer from Colhay’s. I can’t remember exactly what the A&S one is like though so can’t comment on the style
Does the ribbing style in the neck of a Shetland sweater make it too casual to wear under a jacket? Trying to decide if I should look for that style in a cashmere sweater that can be worn both by itself and under a blazer.
It is pretty casual – you can wear it under a jacket, but it will look bulkier, better with a larger tweed jacket and that look. You’ll find a finer wool sweater better – doesn’t have to be cashmere
What do you think of Colhay’s cable-knit crewnecks in terms of quality and style? How informal are they? Are they versatile (that is, do they dress up and down easily)? Thanks in advance.
The quality will be great, as with the other knits. I’m a big fan of their crewnecks in cut and style.
The cable-knit style I find I don’t wear much. It is a nice variation, but nowhere near as versatile as a plain one. I think they look a little smarter, but more importantly a little more traditional perhaps – mostly a style