GENEVIEVE SWEENEY ESTER CASHMERE SWEATER IN BRIGHT BLUE
A flawless fusion of contemporary design and artisan skill, our Ester sweater is spun from pure cashmere and features hand intarsia chevron detailing, presented in a striking geometric style that draws inspiration from textile art of the 1930s.
This sweater demonstrates Genevieve’s expert eye for colour by teaming brilliant klein blue with stylish flashes of icy turquoise melange. Finely crafted using the most luxurious Scottish cashmere, her decision to allow the yarn to ‘break in’ naturally prevents long-term pilling. While this means it doesn’t feel as soft as most shop-bought cashmere at first touch, its exceptional softness will come through within a couple of wears.
GS: “The geometric hand intarsia is created by laying the cashmere yarn onto a needle bed by hand, following a chart – almost like paint by numbers. Each square of the chart represents a stitch, and by then twisting the neighbouring colours together you create a seamless effect with no loops on the back. Personally, I love the sharp geometric lines and slight raised stitches you can achieve with this beautiful technique.”
The Ester is testament to Genevieve’s commitment to slow, mindful fashion. Firstly, the cashmere fibres are spun at an ethically-driven mill on the banks of Loch Leven; then a team of highly-experienced artisan knitters based in the Scottish Borders painstakingly complete the complex hand intarsia detailing by hand – a process that can take up to eight hours. Last comes the secret ingredient: each piece is washed in the naturally soft and pure Scottish waters of the River Teviot to gently open the cashmere fibres. This not only guarantees consistency of colour but enhances the luxurious handle too. Environmentally friendly dyes mean this water can be safely returned to the river afterwards.
The Ester is knitted in small, limited edition batches to help ensure as little waste as possible.
With its luxurious construction and timeless design, the Ester sweater is a true investment piece. Perfect effortless daytime style by teaming it with simple jeans and sneakers, swapping these for statement trousers and heeled boots to glide into the evening.
Size Small – Chest 46cm/18 inches; Length 62cm/24.5 inches
Size Medium – Chest 50cm/19.5 inches; Length 64cm/25 inches
Size Large – Chest 54cm/21 inches; Length 66cm/26 inches
– 100% cashmere
– Made in the Scottish Borders
– Hand wash or dry clean only
– 12GG – for a lightweight knit
– Knitted and available in small batches only