Okay, I don’t really know it all, but I do fake most things with great confidence! That being said, here's what I know about Cowichan Sweaters (Rylan, put down your new Crackberry and pay attention, it's learning time). These thick wooly beauties were originally made by women from Vancouver Islands' Cowichan Tribes in the late 1800s - hand knit in one piece, they are a unique and essential Vancouver souvenir for hipster tourists and retro art nerds alike. Not convinced yet? Well, Ralph Lauren thinks you suck, and he'd also love for you to buy one of his machine made imitations at Lord and Taylor for one-hundred dollars more than you can get the real thing here! (as an added bonus, I'll let you take me out for lunch while I lather you with compliments) Anyways, enough about “the Cowichan Sweater” and more about this one, the En Svale Cowichan - it's definitely my favorite out of the several I've managed to hoard in-world, great texturing, prim collar and cuffs, and a jacket or shirt option. This is the sweater I wished I could have stolen from my gramp's closet when I was younger, but alas, not too many native Cowichans in Scotland, who knew?
Feeling nostalgic, I wore some old favorites, my Armidi chinos (sighs as he reminisces about all those good times oh-so-many months ago….like eight?) One of my favorite accessory makers, Eko, changed their name but not their standards, as detailed in my Classic Belt V.2…not only great looking, but unlike the V.1, nobody was killed during the human avatar testing phase.
I chose the old brown Combat Boots from Hoorenbeek partly due to their brilliant detailing and comfortably worn in look, and partly due to my yearning to create an outfit that emulates something that I kick about in RL during these bleary winter days - and Australians, you’ve had summer long enough, please send it back here where it's needed….Canadians need melanoma too!
P.S. for all of you that commented on my “grandpa sweater” and my “old man sweater” while I was wearing this, I'm making a list, and I'm checking it twice…oh wait, that’s Santa…carry on, then.
Maddesigns hair – crew natural black
Blitzed – Classic Belt V.2.
En Svale – Cowichan Sweater (gray)
Hoorenbeek - Combat Boots - Old Brown
Armidi Limited – Low Rise Chinos (black)