>Here is a really interesting article on Fair Isle sweaters from the Business of Fashion blog. It talks about how these beautiful and classic hand knit sweaters are being copied left and right by design houses such as J.Crew and Ralph Lauren. Reminds me very much of the story of our ‘Cozy Sweaters’ we sell via Mexchic. These classic Mexican sweaters take about 3 weeks to create just one and their style has been copied by Abercrombie and the like over and over (be sure theirs are not made of virgin wool and hand knit). It’s always better to buy the original when you can, it not only helps the artisan who created the object, but it also helps to support the continuation of such refined artisan products. And must I mention even though the cost of an original might be a bit more, the higher quality original will last a few life times (heirloom!) where the fast fashion version will last a season at most and will most likely start falling apart after a few wears.