If you’re looking to get a jump on fall, Ben Silver has some great knitwear in their newly launched sale section. It contains the leftover stock from their semi-annual warehouse sale this past weekend, which they hosted in Charleston, South Carolina (the event, which happens twice a year, is where they clear out old season stock at heavily discounted prices).
Most of what you’ll find here ranges from trad to very trad — soft shouldered sport coats, pastel colored shorts, and regimental ties. But the sweaters should work for almost any wardrobe. The tan cashmere cable knit, made in a four-ply construction, would go well with everything from tweed sport coats to five-pocket cords. I wear Shetland sweaters with chore coats and Barbour jackets. And solid-colored lambswool sweaters with more contemporary casualwear from brands such as Margiela, Lemaire, and Our Legacy.
Prices here are discounted by about 50% — cashmere cable knits are available at $217 (down from $435), alpaca-blends at $197 (down from $395), lambswool sweaters at $115 (down from $195), and Shetlands at a mere $78 (down from $195). All of these are private label, which means they carry the Ben Silver name, but they’re likely made by some of the best knitters in Scotland. The cashmere cable knit looks to be made by William Lockie; the silk-alpaca crewneck by Inis Meain.
The only question is sizing. All these sweaters are in Ben Silver’s warehouse, not their store, which means I wasn’t able to get measurements. My guess is that they run traditional, but not baggy, and you should go true-to-size. Ben Silver does take returns, however, even on sale items, so long as you make your return within ten days.