The Cashmere Rugby – our reintroduction of the traditional four-ply high quality of Scottish polo – has simply been restocked.
A darkish navy has been added to final 12 months’s flannel gray, masking just about all of the bases for a barely traditional, barely better-dressed man.
The knit was actually common final 12 months, largely I believe due to this mix of luxurious and flexibility. It is the type of piece you actually can pull on with each sharp flannels and battered denims and enhance each. It runs the total gamut of officewear (at this time) to a lazy Sunday at house.
In actual fact the identify itself is one thing of reflection of this breadth. It wasn’t deliberate, however the place (thick, tight, Scottish) cashmere says luxurious, ‘rugby’ suggests a extra easygoing facet.
Readers have been telling us that since final 12 months, which is all the time good. Noel for instance commented on the launch submit: “I’ve had my PS rugby for a couple of week now. It’s very smooth and spongy, very cosy…General a really good product that it’s straightforward to placed on and look pretty fashionable with out standing out.”
I used to be significantly , nonetheless, in how Lucas Nicholson, who now works on PS, took to the knit.
Lucas attire extra casually and fewer conservatively than me. He’s additionally labored in menswear for a very long time, and is fairly shrewd about garments each by way of fashion and high quality. He actually took to this product out of all those he helps with on PS, so I requested for his reflections.
“I’ve owned an extremely huge array of clothes: if you happen to’ve coveted it I’ve most likely owned it. That is to not exhibit, simply to say I have been across the block a number of instances. I am additionally ruthless with decreasing my wardrobe – continuously promoting when issues do not match the way in which I would like, or if the dream of buying was extra enjoyable than the precise proudly owning.
Some items have been with me all through this journey – sure Polo jumpers acquired in Miami which can be most likely a dozen years outdated, my first Drake’s shawl-collar cardigan, which cemented the model in my head as one thing I might put on for years to come back.
After we launched the Cashmere Rugby final 12 months, I rapidly bought my fingers on it and examined it out. I may instantly really feel the density and the way in which the collar would maintain itself. While you work in clothes and are surrounded by lovely objects, you must take some recommendation from Biggie and never get excessive by yourself provide. However I actually felt this was one thing I wanted.”
“The one factor that held me again was the color. The gray is splendidly versatile nevertheless it’s simply not one thing I like myself in. So when Simon and I mentioned a navy model my eyes lit up, and ordered a pattern in my dimension.
Sadly, as typically occurs in menswear, the seasons have been out of whack. I bought it in the summertime and after making an attempt it to verify the match, the sweater was rewrapped in its plastic bag and put within the backside of a draw, to not be seen once more till final month.
Let me inform you, time has made the guts develop fonder. As I slipped it on for the primary chilly morning this 12 months I can’t stress how nice it felt. For me and my fashion it strikes the right chord between sensible and informal, bookish and sporty.
I’ve worn it endlessly with a T-shirt beneath a jacket, over a shirt with denims. It truly is a kind of items that would take you from a gathering within the workplace, to dinner out and even a few pints after work. It’s flattering and expensive-looking with out being ostentatious or showy.
And concern not the ‘delicate’ popularity of cashmere – these things can stand as much as put on. Correct hardy Scottish cashmere solely will get higher with age.”
Extra voices, extra views. I like my Rugby with bespoke trousers just like the off-white Pommella ones above, however I do know Lucas would by no means put on that. I’ll attempt to take some respectable photos of how we’d, and does, in some unspecified time in the future.
The navy Rugby is after all proven right here with tailor-made trousers, however would equally be at house with tan cords, pale denims and with any sort of chino from sensible to workwear.
At this level, the commonest query I get is, which is essentially the most versatile? Ought to I begin with navy or gray?
Effectively, I believe most guys will know their reply from knitwear they have already got, however for the others, I’d say it relies upon whether or not you put on extra mid-grey flannels or navy chinos and denims. The gray goes to go along with all the things besides trousers in the identical gray, and the navy with all the things aside from trousers in the identical navy.
There are efficient grey-on-grey and navy-on-navy outfits after all, with prime and backside the identical color, however we’re speaking in regards to the best, day-to-day appears to be like.
One very last thing – I’ve intentionally used a few brief movies right here, simply to indicate what the Rugby appears to be like like in movement, or to attempt to get slightly sense of the feel when worn.
I can’t promise to do that each time, because it all the time takes multiples of effort in comparison with images. But when anybody has explicit ideas or suggestions on them, do let me know.
I do know Instagram is now mainly blocking any account that doesn’t do video, video, and extra video, however I’d actually fairly not be instructed what to do by Fb if I might help it, and solely do issues when readers discover them genuinely helpful. Thanks.
All the main points on the Cashmere Rugby, together with the standard, origin, and sizing, might be discovered on the product web page right here, with extra element within the launch article right here.
- Made by William Lockie in Scotland
- Bought in collaboration with William Crabtree & Sons
- 100% four-ply cashmere (two ends of 2x28s)
- Gray mother-of-pearl buttons
- Worth £355 plus VAT
- Out there solely on the PS Store right here
Images and video: James Holborow