Barrie Cashmere Knitwear
I first discovered Barrie Knitwear when I was admiring a selection of their pieces in the summer of 2015 at Kirna Zabête in New York City’s Soho. I was stopped by the whimsical patterns made in the fine colorful cashmere yarn. The sales associate noticed how I lingered in front of the collection and she mentioned to me, “Did you know that they also make the cashmere sweaters for Chanel?” Being a huge Chanel fan, I was even more intrigued. I ended up leaving the store with a gray-blue scarf patterned with little lilac and pink blooms. Over the last two years, I’ve been watching their collections closely and adding bits and pieces to my own collection each season.
Above: I am wearing the “Snow” cape and matching hat from Barrie’s Fall 2016 collection, Chloé blouse, J Brand jeans and Gianvito Rossi boots. Photos by Julia Elizabeth
Based in Hawick, Scotland, Barrie Knitwear was founded at the beginning of the 20th century by Walter Barrie and Robert Kersel. It is one of the finest cashmere manufacturers in the country. Barrie had produced knitwear for Chanel for over 25 years, including the brand’s famous two-tone cardigans, before it was acquired by Chanel in October of 2012. At the time, it’s parent company had gone into administration and Chanel saved it from closure. Barrie launched it’s own collection in the winter of 2014/2015. Read more about Barrie here.
Above: “Snow” cape and matching hat. Photo by Julia Elizabeth
Above: I am wearing a gray hat and matching gloves from Barrie’s Fall 2015 collection, a Barrie “Star Games” scarf from 2016 and a gray short sleeved Calypso sweater. Photos by Julia Elizabeth.
I fell in love with the intricate details – the fringes, the knots, the embroidery – much of it done by hand – on each piece. Whether it be a sweater or knitted hat or fingerless gloves – each design is so unique and the patterns so fun and playful.
When I first purchased this hat and pair of fingerless gloves, I didn’t end up buying the matching scarf. After wearing them for a winter season, I decided I really wanted a scarf that would go with them. Maria from the Paris shop helped me locate this one from their “Star Games” 2016 collection. I love that it reminds me of the Atari games I used to play with my brother when we were kids. Merci Maria!
Above: I am wearing a Barrie sweater from summer 2017, J Brand jeans and Isabel Marant boots. Photo by Julia Elizabeth.