Now that the temperature’s dipped to around the 1-degree mark, I just want to stay in and hibernate. My default winter work-from-home-wear is Heat-Tech, a Hanro long sleeve tee, three fine-knit merino sweaters topped off by a shrunk-in-the-wash men’s Margiela nubby knit and Levi’s.
The nubby knit is important. Chunky, textured jumpers and socks are all I want to wear now and they’re all the rage. Partly because they feel good and partly because a crude, craftsy sensibility is permeating everything as a counterpoint to tech fatigue. I wrote about this for BON magazine’s autumn issue, which you can read here.
CristaSeya is a brand that epitomises this crafty move with its wares of imperfect hand knits and ceramics. Prada’s embraced it too, along with Pringle of Scotland, Matty Bovan, Loewe and Connolly. The bonus of working from home is that you can legitimately curl up in a jumper and socks and call that your work uniform. (Or simply cancel all meetings and have a duvet day if snow brings the city to a standstill.)
Side note: increasingly, the work we’re choosing to do is creative and artisanal. Again, it’s the backlash to the desk job in which your eyes are dry and blurry from relentless screen work (yep). The New York Times wrote about the pottery making phenomenon here and the Loewe Craft Prize is in its second year of spotlighting craft makers. If you want your chunky knits, jewellery and ceramics to come from similarly independent practitioners, head to Tiina The Store, The Garnered and The New Craftsmen.
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