Universal Works X John Smedley Knitwear

John Smedley and Universal Works are two distinguished names in British fashion, but they've yet to combine their talents - until now. Here's their brilliant collaboration of Autumn knitwear.
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John Smedley and Universal Works are two distinguished names in British fashion, but they've yet to combine their talents - until now. Here's their brilliant collaboration of Autumn knitwear.

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This Autumn, knitwear connoisseurs John Smedley have hooked up with Universal Works to produce a small 8-piece collection, taking inspiration from JS's extensive archive. Both JS + UW are based in The Midlands, UK and their first collection brings together both companies’ love and passion for craft, quality and meticulous detail. Each garment shows off the vision of Universal Works' founder David Keyte, as well as the knowledge and history of the John Smedley brand.

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The collection features henleys, crew necks and cardigans, each style available in two colour options. I've been getting into henleys of late, they're easy to stick over a white t-shirt or under a shirt for an extra bit of warmth (especially handy for cyclists). They're a practical item but UW have turned a onetime undergarment into a modern piece of knitwear. Both the henley and crew neck feature a slightly extended back hem and striped cuffs, which nicely merges traditional sportswear and knitwear together. It's all pretty detailed stuff and as you would imagine each piece is made from top notch merino wool, sourced from New Zealand and constructed in Derbyshire.

Below is a video which documents the collection's design and construction process.

The Universal Works x John Smedley collection is available here.

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