Although the global pandemic currently has the West tightly in its grip, hope comes in the form of a beacon from the East, where recovery and reawakening is already afoot. The Hong Kong-based knitwear label Ply-Knits brings a similar message of optimism with its latest collection and lookbook, which was created at the end of Febuary when most of China was on lockdown. Despite the extended closure of founder Carolyn Yim’s family-owned factory in Dongguan, Yim combatted a low budget and restricted mobility to create a series of still-life images that relied on neotenic compositions to evoke feelings of warmth and empathy. Inspired by the works of Erwin Wurm, the lookbook features a cast of different characters assembled out of Ply-Knits’ latest cashmere capsule collection for Browns London. Ranging from familiar crewneck and turtleneck silhouettes, teamed with oversized sleeves, extra loose bodies and zigzag ribbed cuffs, the succinct collection packs a vibrant punch that reiterates that brighter times will soon be round the corner.
We use Botto Giuseppe's A Grade superfine 140's merino wool from New Zealand in 18-gauge. The result is a lustrous, silky yarn that will challenge your preconceptions about wool. What's more, because of its high SZ-twist, the wool is naturally machine washable. No chemicals like silicone added.