I’m pretty much opposed to luxury knitwear, especially cashmere. I cannot imagine paying six hundred dollars or more for a mid-layer garment so vulnerable to moths, pilling and shrinkage. But if I were going to make a decadent knitwear expenditure, I’d definitely order a sweater from the 02-03 Avon Celli Winter catalog. The current, flash animated Avon Celli web site, w/its handsome-man rhetoric and brand “story”, is far less interesting. However, I would certainly add this sweater from the current catalog to my shopping options:
Inspired by the military themed knitting project of friend Erin, I have a costume design idea for a post-futuristic film where all the main characters would wear a chain maille type body armor woven out of 100% wool yarn (think, Archibald “Harry” Tuttle charcter in Brazil wearing wool knits rather than black nylon). In a few examples, Avon Celli sweaters, with their corded, metal-like yarn, machine knit weave and body armor drape, resemble (my mental image of) the protective layering I’d employ for my on screen characters.
In the absence of wool armor, I’d recommend purchasing a commando sweater from UK Stockist, Outdoor Knitwear.
Here is Erin’s balaclava, based on a vintage World War II pattern, currently being field tested by present day me: