Lyle & Scott has a storied history: Founders William Lyle and Walter Scott launched the knitwear company in Hawick, Scotland, in 1874, setting out to make high-quality undergarments for intensely modest Victorian Britons. Since those early days, Lyle & Scott has expanded its range to include all-purpose sportswear, including collaborations with fashion houses like Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. Its iconic golfwear has also been donned by stylish duffers like Sean Connery, Bing Crosby, and Arnold Palmer, who was wearing a Lyle & Scott when he won the Open at Turnberry in 1986. The Duke of Edinburgh’s also a fan. In 1975, the company was appointed a Royal Warrant – regarded as an acknowledgement of quality and excellence.
For late fall, Lyle & Scott has spun off a new “Contemporary” range, a lineup that retains the brand’s signature understatement while looking a bit more modern and youthful. This chunky Fair Isle “jumper” (pullover) caught our eye. It’s a nod to the knitters at the Hawick factories back in the day, who would “sign” their pieces with raised stitches. This sweater features Walter Scott’s favorite motto, “Good work makes more work,” in a red braille pattern over the requisite snowflake stitching. We think this could be a new autumn classic – it’s definitely a creative approach to the traditional knit. And a bit of Scottish work ethic never hurt anyone. [$220; lyleandscott.com]