Knits designed for locals, by locals
Knowing that fall's chill is setting in, we've been searching for sweaters that don't sacrifice comfort for warmth or style. Plus, they have to be lightweight, so that when we doff our top layer, we're not lugging around a heavy jacket.
We've found a great collection of just such knits from the three-year-old L.A.-based label Brochu Walker.
Run by two New York fashion-industry transplants, the line includes dresses, tops and pants. But the brand's standout talent shines in its knitwear, which manages to drape artistically on the body without ever looking sloppy. The funnel-neck sweater ($445), for example, falls loosely from the shoulder, fastened at the neck with a leather buckle. Fitted sleeves keep the line neat, and a half-cashmere, half-wool blend ensures warmth.
Inventiveness is everywhere in the collection: The 100 percent cashmere luxe vest ($445) has buttons only at the neck. The patch sweater ($345) has leather patches on its elbows but looks hip, not professorial. The chunky draped cardigan ($490) is a swirl of marled wool and acrylic, with black-banded edges to define its shape.
It's just enough warm and fuzzy to get us to spring.