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Item code: CH-CSH-POLO-OAT
A luxuriously soft yet durable three buttoned collared polo shirt, made to the world's highest standards in the Scottish Borders, using the world's finest 100% 2-ply cashmere by revered Scottish yarn mill Todd & Duncan. A garment made to last.
The collar is knitted using the milano stitch technique, giving it structure so that it doesn't flatten under a sport coat, but allowing it not to be too stiff either (like a dress shirt), thus making it a more casual piece. The milano stitch technique is much more time consuming than plain stitch and requires a lot more cashmere yarn (in order to give it its firmness), but we believe it is worthwhile to give it some structure as we think it makes the collar sit a lot more beautifully compared to a plain stitch collar.
The collar is fastened with Italian crafted horn buttons - we have opted for small, matt horn buttons as opposed to shiny horn, or white mother of pearl or plastic, as we believe matt horn buttons give the polo a sense of understated elegance - well considered but not showy, and the brown goes better with the more muted, cream colour of the sweater.
The polo shirt itself is no ordinary top - it has remarkable properties - breathable, soft and feels exceptionally light, yet comparable to the warmth of a chunky lambswool sweater. It is this wondrous combination that has earned cashmere its name "the fibre of kings".
A versatile, timeless staple, perfect for wearing as a substitute to a shirt under a sport coat, for that elusively difficult "smart casual" look. It is warmer than merino, so works great also as a mid-layer over a shirt. Despite its warmth, it is not bulky, and so will fit perfectly well underneath tailoring or outerwear.
Our long-sleeved cashmere polo shirt is the cold weather version of our lighter, breezier cashmere silk tennis polo. They share the same roots; the collared shirts originally having been used by polo players in India and Britain for horse-related sporting ventures, then later adopted by the likes of legends such as Fred Perry for tennis.
It is designed with a slight vintage feel, with ribbed cuffs and a ribbed hem, a slightly deeper front placket and three button closure, emulating the polo shirts worn by Hollywood stars in the 50s and 60s who favoured this elegant casual style such as Alain Delon and Sean Connery.
Our sizes run small. We recommend that you take one size up from your usual size
Please see size guide at the bottom of the page
Slim modern fit but has a small amount of natural stretch and moulds to body over time
Body of sweater tapers slightly from the chest down to the hem to give a more fitted look by minimising excess fabric often found around the waist of sweaters
Smaller armhole compared to traditional "baggy" sweaters, without being overly restrictive
Model wears size 40/M. He measures: chest circumference 38.5" (97.8cm); height 6"2 (188cm).
We are confident in bringing you the world's finest cashmere knitwear because we only usethe very bestateverystage of manufacture:
Quality of fibre: 100% cashmere of the highest quality sourced from inner Mongolia. Fibre diameter is c. 15.5 microns and length is c. 38mm, making the fibre the world's finest and longest, which meansthe softestandmost durable.
Quality of yarn: 2-ply cashmere yarn produced by spinnersTodd & Duncanat their Loch Leven Mill in Kinross, Scotland, industry heavyweights who have been spinning yarn for 150 years - world renowned for their consistently high quality and strong yarns. Quality of knit: knitted, hand-finished and washed by fourth generation heritage knitwear specialists in Hawick, the Scottish Borders,a region whose expertise in the trade is without compare. Garments are knitted tightly to minimise gaps and to ensure longevity.
Quality of finish: there is a high degree of hand-finishing. The sweater is "fully-fashioned", as signified by the faint-dotted lines along the sleeve-head of the jumper. This makes the garment more well fitted, much like a bespoke suit. Individual pieces of the sweater are “hand-linked” - a meticulous process by which each tiny knit-loop at the end of each piece of the sweater is linked together by hand, ensuring the seams are the straightest and strongest.
Quality of wash: the finished product is carefully washed in pure Scottish waters with the precise balance of minerals, so that the garment is given its famous soft handle without compromising the integrity of the fibres. Scottish knitwear may feel a little stiff to begin with but will soften naturally with age.
Find out more about the quality of our garmentshere.
UK sizing is used for our garments. Please see the size conversion table below. Take your usual size for a fitted, slim look, or size up for a regular fit.
The measurements of the garment are set out below. To ensure you have the correct size, you may wish to take a measuring tape to one of your existing jumpers with the best fit and compare measurements. Measurements are approximate, but any variance is minimal and will not impact overall fit given that knitwear has stretch:
Chest width (cm)
Body length (cm)
Hem width above rib trim (cm)
Sleeve length (underarm) (cm)
If you would like to discuss sizing or any other aspects of the garment, please feel free to contact us.