Hannah Walks You Through A Calexico Favourite
We love Avant Toi's newest soft cashmere and bold silk prints. Get Hannah's take on the best picks from the latest drop.
If there’s one brand that’s synonymous with cashmere -- it has to be Avant Toi -- but don’t expect simple pullovers and bland basics. This Italian knitwear brand has taken cashmere to new heights, creating luxurious pieces that feel like a cloud and look like works of art. Designer and founder, Mirko Ghignone, blended his strong relationship between the art and fashion world; revolutionising textile dyeing through his signature airbrush colouring and distressing techniques. The result is a line of fine Italian knitwear and silks that are each unique and unrepeatable -- and with winter really gearing up, the latest drop from Avant Toi couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
Looking at Avant Toi’s vibrant hues and detailed prints may seem intimidating to style. Fear not, our Senior Stylist Hannah walks us through the collection and shares her top pieces and styling notes.
"There are clothes -- and then there are clothes that tell a story. From the moment I tried on this jacket, I felt like I was wearing a starry night sky. It’s a piece that makes you feel something and look incredible. "
"To me, comfort and confidence go hand in hand. Fortunately, Avant Toi delivers on both -- and honestly, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, you’ll find a cashmere knit that’s exceptionally soft but it doesn’t have that unique accent or detail that’s going to turn heads and give you that little boost. The hues and prints in these tops are amazing and instantly elevate a casual jeans look."
"If colour isn’t your bag, you can go to the other end of the spectrum and opt for neutral tonal pieces. Again, with this sweater, the designer has taken a premium buttery soft cashmere and spun it with a silver splatter detail, ribbed cuff, and raw high neck. File this knit under “pullovers sophisticated enough for nights out on the town."
"In my opinion, investment pieces are always worth it in the long run. Personally, I like to have a few solid staples in my own wardrobe, and then splurge on pieces I love. When I’m looking to add something that has a larger price tag, I ask myself the following: Is it expertly made? Are the materials high quality? Is it timeless enough to last multiple seasons? And is it unique, or an item only a handful of people might own? If my clients come to me asking me the same questions, I find myself referring them to Avant Toi. Whether it’s a scarf, a dress, or a simple knit, I know that each piece is authentic, made with integrity, and both relaxed and sophisticated -- meaning, they’ll get a lot of wear out of it from day to night."
Avant Toi’s latest collection is available online and in-store (soon). Shop cozy knits, scarves, and jackets in eye-popping hues, silk panelled prints, and luxurious textures.
If you’re also after some styling advice whether it’s curating a winter capsule, a dress for an upcoming event, or just a general refresh, book an appointment with Hannah or any of our expert stylists here.