Knowledge Cotton Apparel's history dates back to 1969, when Jørgen Mørup launched the J. Mørup Stof fabric mill in the town of Herning, one of Denmark's largest textile-producing centers. Several decades later, the brand started to focus its efforts on creating simple 100 percent-certified organic cotton products. By relying on organics, KCA hopes to save the environment from having to cope with roughly 75 tons of fertilizers, pesticides, and chemicals this year. Which is another reason to buy their henleys, button-downs, and boxer briefs. The primary reason, of course, is that they look great.
But as sweater weather sets in, even organic cotton won't keep out the cold. Luckily, the Danish clothier has brought its extensive research, transparent sourcing, and sustainable practices to other textiles, including wool (its Happy Sheep wool comes from ecologically minded ranches in South America) and PET polyester (recycled plastic bottles somewhat amazingly emerge from the lab as reversible quilted jackets).
The new lambswool Tweed Knit is a simple crewneck sweater that's worth a second look. Suede shoulder patches recall hardy equestrians and hunting gear, and the flecked wool comes in a trio of responsibly dyed color options, including a heathered navy and a deeply autumnal orangey brown that will go perfectly with your German beer or dog. [$200; knowledgecottonapparel.com]