As knitwear season is upon us, our attention has shifted from the airy shirts and caftans of summer, to warm woolen sweaters and cardigans. Suddenly—and this is a first—we’ve found ourselves discussing ply (the unit for weighing yarn), curious to know which would make for the perfect fall knit. Therefore, you can imagine our joy when coming across a sustainable knitwear brand with all the right values and reasons, and on top of that a deep devotion to ply.
PLY-KNITS, founded by designer Carolyn Yim, makes luxurious knitwear from deadstock cashmere in her family atelier in Hong Kong. She works exclusively with the highest quality of vintage wool, which is far superior to the new, much coarser and environmentally costly cashmere produced today.
Yim’s business is a continuation of a three-generation heritage. Her grandmother produced knitwear for John Galliano at Christian Dior back in the early ‘90s, and a big part of their stock dates back to that time. The family-owned manufacturing facilities are up to par with international criteria for sustainable, environmental and ethical production standards, and even cutting waste is limited by their method of knitting everything fully-fashioned—never making more fabric than needed.
The PLY-KNITS collections are defined by uncomplicated elegance and timeless designs. As we’re very much drawn to clean cut and simple, high-quality garments that are made to last a lifetime (the same as you, we imagine), this is no doubt the brand to evoke our collective desire.
Photos from the PLY-KNITS SS18 lookbook.
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