Monday, 8 July 2013
Alan Paine and The Ashes - Cricket Sweater
Proper Cricket Sweater
Sometimes a sweater comes along that you were just not expecting, one that will truly stop you in your tracks. I was thus knocked for six by the Alan Paine Limited Edition England Cricket Sweater. A fantastic summer cable-knit sweater in dark cream cotton.
When I first got hold of it, I peered nervously inside, but there it was - an original Paine of Godalming label. The sweater is based on the England cricket sweaters the company produced in 1953 and sports the English cricket crest at the front in blue - the three lions of the Royal Arms of England beneath a crown.
Just think of the sweater-envy you would generate on the streets of Fukuoka or Turin with this beauty. Perfect for your New England campus too, youthful American pals. This is a limited edition sweater that ties in nicely with The Ashes this season, so be quick. (I won't recommend it to our Aussie readers.)
About Alan Paine
Alan Paine began as Paine of Godalming in 1907. Started by William Paine, the Surrey-based company soon found fame for the cable-knit cricket sweaters - plain and with club colours - it produced.
The Prince of Wales became a well-connected patron in the roaring 20s. During the Second World War - and regular readers will know that any British clothing company worthy of its heritage label has a military connection - Paine supplied sweaters to the British Armed Forces.
Paine of Godlaming became Alan Paine in the 1950s when William's son took over the business.
Fascinating Alan Paine Tidbit
Imagine this. In 1999, an American expedition found the body of English explorer George Mallory on Mount Everest after a 75-year disappearance. Mallory was one of the first British mountaineers to make a serious attempt on reaching the summit. Did he make it to the top?
Fascinatingly, a fragment of the clothing he had been wearing bore the label Paine, Godalming, as shown inset in the image below. The background image shows Mallory in fetching boating clobber from his Cambridge days. He's the one at the back.
Paine clothing is like wearing living history. I think we may take a look at their country wear catalogue in Autumn.