*UPDATE: We’ve confirmed a re-stock for January – together with the XL that has bought out. So do use the shape on the Store web site to be added to the ready listing for that*

In our article a few weeks in the past concerning the new shearling color, there was a very nice dialogue within the feedback about PS merchandise, their function inside Everlasting Type and within the wider world. 

It was pretty to listen to how a lot readers perceive and like the garments. The factor that hit dwelling for me although, was that folks respect the best way they fill a distinct segment, but could be versatile. They’re garments most readers might put on, however are supplied (often solely) for very particular causes. 

In the present day’s launch (the final for some time!) matches that temporary notably properly. 

It’s a collared, cashmere sweater made by William Lockie in Scotland, however in a 4-ply that they now not do as a result of it’s often not thought of industrial sufficient.

Most collared knits of this sort are 2-ply. They’re nice, and I personal ones from each Colhay’s and William Crabtree

However a 4-ply feels surprisingly completely different. Having double the quantity of cashmere makes it actually heat and beautiful in colder climate, like now. But it surely additionally provides it an nearly jersey-like bounce, and sponginess.

Collared knits are sometimes called ‘sports activities shirts’ by factories, which I all the time suppose is charmingly antiquated. However truly this weight feels extra like a jacket substitute than a shirt. It’s nice in winter, however in milder climate it’s heavy sufficient to put on by itself, or simply with a gilet excessive.

The jersey-like feeling, in the meantime, comes from the mixture of that weight, the 15-gauge density, and the strain Lockie work with. It’s why I’ve referenced a rugby shirt within the identify – it has an identical straightforward feeling to cotton jersey, plus the collar which makes it simply as straightforward to tug on on the weekend. 

4-ply collared knits like this was fairly fashionable, and Lockie and others bought them broadly. However over time they’ve been phased out as a result of the worth makes them laborious to promote on-line. 

It’s troublesome to clarify to somebody – in the event that they haven’t felt it in particular person – why they need to pay over £400 for a sweater, despite the fact that it has nearly twice as a lot cashmere in it because the extra customary Scottish two-ply, which can already be £300. 

(In fact, as we’ve mentioned just lately, Scottish sweaters are additionally knitted extra densely, that means there’s much more cashmere in there – usually 40% greater than in an equal Italian knit.) 

So that you’ll see two-ply types from Lockie bought broadly: in a crewneck, V-neck, cardigan and so forth. However no 4 ply. 

James Priestley – lengthy an agent for Lockie, amongst others – introduced again the 4 ply when he opened his retailer in Marylebone, referred to as William Crabtree & Sons. He at the moment sells it as a crewneck*. 

However I fell in love with an outdated collared model he had, and it was James who helped us convey again this model. 

He additionally helped with some technical factors round re-designing the collar. I wished it somewhat increased within the again, as a result of like the Dartmoor and Most interesting Polo, I discover this extra flattering on most individuals. 

So whereas not as excessive as these different fashions (that are particularly designed with a jacket in thoughts) the Rugby does have a barely increased collar than most – as illustrated beneath. 

Within the six months I’ve had my model, it’s change into my straightforward default – the factor I attain for first, and pull on with each denims and tailor-made trousers.

It’s simply really easy. The collar means you don’t have to put on a shirt beneath, and but it appears to be like very put-together. The thickness means it goes simply as properly with denims as with good trousers (in contrast to the smarter Dartmoor) and consequently it’s good going to the park or for a pleasant lunch.

As ever, I’ve tried to indicate this within the pictures. The informal outfit at prime – with denims, boots, shearling overshirt and purple watch cap – is as informal because it will get for me. But the opposite outfit, beneath – with cream twill trousers and brown-suede loafers – is as good as many individuals ever want. 

We selected a traditional grey-flannel for this primary iteration as a result of it additionally works with the best vary of colors. Whereas the cream trousers I’m carrying will probably be too showy for some, the flannel color additionally goes with navy, beige, inexperienced, brown, black and so forth. Mainly every little thing besides the identical color as itself.

I feel the one different PS piece I discover as helpful is the blue oxford, and even then it’s not fairly pretty much as good with good garments (I’d swap to the white oxford there). 

But the Rugby remains to be, in some methods, area of interest. It’s not supposed to exchange the extra broadly out there two-ply knit, which could be worn for extra of the 12 months and is accessible in additional colors. 

Somewhat, it’s good to resurrect an outdated model that – I’ve discovered – I actually love carrying. And I’m certain there will probably be readers on the market that may love doing so too. 

Particulars on the Cashmere Rugby:

  • Made by William Lockie in Scotland
  • Bought in collaboration with William Crabtree & Sons
  • 100% four-ply cashmere (two ends of 2x28s)
  • 15-gauge
  • Gray mother-of-pearl buttons
  • Worth £355 plus VAT
  • Obtainable solely on the PS Store right here


  • The Cashmere Rugby has a traditional form, quite than slim
  • Simon wears a Massive within the photos right here, however might additionally put on a Medium
  • “I sized up as a result of I wished a extra beneficiant, cozy match, however a Medium would have fitted too, it could simply be neater”
  • Simon  is six foot tall and has 39-inch chest
  • Measurements, in inches, are beneath
  • Chest is pit to pit, size is on the again from the underside of the collar, sleeve is the under-sleeve seam
  • Please observe, clothes are marked by measure measurement of the chest itself, from 36 to 44. It is a Lockie conference and doesn’t relate to the chest sizing often used on tailoring


X-Small Small Medium Massive X-Massive
Chest 19 20 21 22 23
Size 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5
Beneath arm 19.25 19.5 19.5 19.75 19.75

Different garments proven:

Images: Milad Abedi

*The William Crabtree web site describes this model as two ply, and the 2 ply as one. That is the much less customary means of counting – simply the ply quite than the ply and the ends collectively. Most sellers use the best way of counting we do

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