Legacy of a unique know-how, our family archives gather more than one century of hand-made knitted samples going from gauge 3 to gauge 12.
True testimony of the past, carefully preserved for decades.
"Archive knits" collections are made of reissued knits in limited editions.
This Norwegian-inspired jacquard sweater has been made using two knits from our archives:
The snowflake part comes from the development samples made by the Dubied company which was our knitting machines supplier from the 30s to the 2000s. This sample has been made on a "CAL" jacquard machine using gauge 8. Although this machine was purely mechanical and did not offer the pattern programmation feature, it was still able to realize jacquard patterns with two colors per row.
This main pattern has been mixed with a "snakeskin" pattern designed by Lydie Milan in the late 80s for gauge 7 & 8 machines.
This pattern comes from our family archives. Designed in the 60s, this graphic patterns draws inspiration from the 30s and was knitted using gauge 8 with two plies.
It shows what a creative time this was, the most visible and graphic patterns were everywhere. Minimalism was not trendy at the time!
This season we chose to turn the pattern upside down and make it look upward.
For this sweater we were inspired by two icons from the 60s. Anna Karina in A Woman Is A Woman (1961à and Steve Mac Queen.
We wanted to use Shetland wool which is typical of the fashion from the 60s and dear to Anna Karina, and mix it with more masculine cables from Steve Mac Queen.
Traditional and bold knits for two extraordinary actors.
This jacquard pattern comes from our family archives and is inspired my traditional Nordic patterns.
It was designed in the 70s by Alexandre Milan's mother. Him and his brothers have all worn it.
Sweaters in this very british spirit were very trendy at the time and all children had to wear it.
Nowadays, the global envy to get back to our roots is making this sweater trendy again. It was therefore obvious for us to reissue this iconic piece from our archives.
This limited edition is knitted in France with a very light, soft and comfortable yarn made of merino wool and superfine Alpaca from Peru.