1999 Lightweight Virgin Wool Classic Slim Sweater
Size S: Best for an IT 46 - 36 Chest - S or a slim IT 48 - 38 Chest - S/M.
Helmut Lang crew neck sweater from S/S 1999. In excellent used condition. Made in Italy.
Helmut Lang's minimalist output was often about creating a well-curated wardrobe rather than making short-term fashionable statements. As part of this aim, Helmut Lang stores always offered a range of classic designs besides seasonal creations. These ranged from his signature Chesterfield coat and suits to shirting and underwear, and this fine sweater is an example of such a staple (pictured: S/S 98, S/S 00 and A/W 96).
Although the design of this piece is rather conventional, less obvious details such as the craftsmanship and high quality wool yarn set it apart from common sweaters. The sweater is crafted from lightweight virgin wool in pale grey melange. Soft yet firm despite its light weight, the yarn is of a very high quality and will last for years without pilling and stretching. The excellent condition of the sweater, in spite of its age, is a testament to this. Precisely cut and sewn, the silhouette is trim with a crew neck for a streamlined silhouette. The cuffs and waistline are finished with ribbed stitching, while subtle stitch variations around the shoulder and armhole borders add simple points of interest.
Overall, this classic sweater is a versatile wardrobe essential that you will reach for again and again. Its timeless detailing and sharp silhouette capture Helmut Lang's forward-thinking aesthetic, which has been copied numerous times but never fully replicated. The fact that it was designed over 15 years ago and still looks better than similar garments produced nowadays is nothing but impressive.