I love a proper sweater. Few garments can actually aspire to the real definition of the term, but this one from Beamont Organic does. In my book, a ‘proper’ sweater should be chunky and warm enough to allow the wearer to forego a coat (unless it’s minus degrees or torrential rain). A proper sweater should negate the need for central heating on all but the frostiest of winter days. A proper jumper wouldn’t look out of place on a fisherman. And a proper jumper should ideally be hand knitted from some gloriously speckled/flecked wool with a thick, ribbed collar and hems. Okay, that last point is perhaps more down to personal taste but this is my definition, which is why I think there should be a picture of this Josie jumper next to the dictionary reference of sweater.
Beaumont Organic is a fairly new one on me but I love discovering independent labels especially ones based up north like this one, which has offices in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. But far more important is its ethical and design credentials, which are excellent. Founded by Fashion & Textile marketing graduate Hannah Beaumont in 2008, the label has gone on to win a Best Organic Textile award and now wholesales as far as Japan. Pretty fast work!
Lest you think that Beamont Organic is just about knitwear, don’t be fooled by my love/obsession with a proper sweater, as the range encompasses a full clothing line with some beautiful day dresses and separates too. Check out the online Look Book here or have a browse of the new collection online, featuring contemporary shapes with classic tartans for a unique, heritage inspired feel. You can also read the company’s blog or Journal for more news as well as follow Hannah’s lovely instagram feed.
As for me, I’ll just keep wearing my proper sweater now that the cold weather has really started to hit this week up north. After all snug is smug! Big thanks to Hannah for gifting me the sweater and helping to keep me warm this winter.
What do you reckon?
P.S. My nine year old son Charlie took these photos on my phone one night after school. He is fast becoming my favourite little photographer and he gets so excited when he sees a shot he took on the blog!