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 sweater is made from an exceptional extrafine merino wool yarn.
It's also one of our favorite knits!
It was discovered by Alexandre Milan among our family archives, the archives from the Aa Knitting Mill. He first used it in 2003. It's a very complexe knit, very rare, which fits in a sophisticated textured knit trend that emerged at the end of the 50s. Knitted using gauge 14, it's made from parts of 1/1 ribs with charges. It's perfect to create a fitted turtle-neck sweater which is unlike any other.
This sweater is made using a 2 plies jacquard technique to create contrasting lettering. The different widths of the letters is inspired by vintage eye chart light boxes.
It is made using gauge 5 and using a yarn with superfine alpaca wool which provides the sweater with this unique feel and style.
Our iconic waffle knit has been made for generations in our family.
It's a 12-gauge jersey knit with charges (the yarn is held back during knitting which creates this waffle effect).
We get a light and supple knit which is then washed.
Alexandre chose a yarn made of 37% superfine alpaca spun in Italy which is very light and soft. This rare animal fiber comes from the Andean Mountains where Alpacas live.
The sweater naturally becomes a cardigan with raglan jersey-knit sleeves to create some contrast.
This sweater comes from a jacquard pattern made on a Dubied knitting machine name "Jet 2" (it allowed to knit with a width of 230cm which was extraordinary back in the days) using gauge 5.
The pattern was conceived in the 70s and draws inspiration from Africa which was then a common theme as travelling often remained an unreachable desire.
Knitted with a 100% extrafine merino wool yarn, this sweater draws direct inspiration from the 50s. Knitwear was very popular at the time and therefore was much more creative and playful.
Each row contains 5 twisted plied yarns. What's interesting is that this sweater can only be made on industrial knitting machines as the presence of turning points (only one row visible) in the stripe makes it impossible to knit on sampling hand knitting machines.
Alexandre chose to use this knit on the reverse side to obtain a subtle visible grain and to shake up the usual plain stripes which are sometimes too classical.
On this shape inspired by surf sweaters from the 90s, very straight, without ribbing, appears this 100 year-old logo. It is made using jacquard knitting machines. The pixel look comes from the maximal resolution that can be knitted on this large gauge.
A statement sweater which is also very warm and hard-wearing. One more thing: it is entirely made in France.
This sweater comes - like the Triangle Sweater above - from a jacquard pattern made on a Dubied knitting machine name "Jet 2" (it allowed to knit with a width of 230cm which was extraordinary back in the days) using gauge 5.
The pattern mixes a check patern created from horizontal and vertical stripes, with a subtle houndstooth pattern where lines cross.
We re-edited the kaki/navy one and created a navy/offwhite colorway...
This is a re-edition from one of our archives from the 90s which is pictured here. However this sweater owes a lot to the 50s and 70s with their graphic and colorful use of stripes.
Unlike horizontal stripes which are made from plain rows of alternate yarns, vertical stripes can only be made on jacquard knitting machines.