I was never a sweater girl in my youth… I don’t think I owned a sweater in college. What was I thinking? I’ve grown wiser since then and sweaters, particularly cardigans, have become a staple of my wardrobe. I don’t even remember where I first saw a Lia Molly sweater, but I clicked through to the website and fell immediately and deeply in love with the beautiful sweaters that I found.
Lia Molly is an indie sweater company, owned by Seema Sudan, who lives in New Orleans. For the past two decades Seema has designed for several major brands and now has her own line of knitwear, and she’s bringing it stateside. It is Seema’s dream to “bring knitting to New Orleans”, and with the purchase of her knitting machine (that can produce one sweater per hour, three thousand in a year) she is moving the manufacturing of her line from Asia to her hometown. I think that is amazing!
Did you know that most knitwear that is sold in the U.S. is manufactured overseas? My husband and I have always tried to buy USA made clothing, even if it means paying a bit more. With the economy the way it is I feel it’s more important than ever to support domestic companies, especially small scale, local companies such as Lia Molly.
I had the chance to choose a sweater from Lia Molly to review and can I just tell you that I nearly couldn’t choose! Each sweater is so unique and gorgeously designed. How can I pick just one? Well, after much thought and input I made my decision and here it is…
The details and combination of textures in The Wren (each sweater is named) are just lovely. From the ribbon lined button placket to the covered buttons, this sweater incorporates so many unique touches that I can honestly say I have never seen another sweater like it. Each one makes me think of the sweaters that I drool over at Anthropologie… except that these are of a higher quality.
Come to think of it, you may have seen a Lia Molly sweater in the Anthropologie store or on their website because they carry Seema’s designs for little girls… in fact, I just saw one on the rack the other evening while I was window shopping. Seriously, seriously adorable.