Lucky Brand’s Patchwork Cardigan Demands a Second Look

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Timothy Mulcare

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Generally, I’m not dressing to inspire oohs and aahs. But I’ll take them where I can get them. So when I first tried on the gray and indigo patchwork cardigan in the office, wandering over to the nearest mirror to check the fit—and subjecting myself to the stares of a pack of unsuspecting onlookers in the process—I was pleasantly surprised to hear a couple folks offer audible signs of encouragement. Where’s that from? was the first question. You probably wouldn’t guess it, was my answer. Because it’s not from some purveyor of perfectly reworked Americana funneled over to the stateside shopping populace via Japan. It’s from Lucky Brand. And if you haven’t been paying attention to the denim-centric company lately, here’s your (and my) wake-up call.

lucky brand cardigan

Timothy Mulcare

It’s time to embrace the future

Truth be told, Lucky is one of those labels that wasn’t always at the front of my mind recently. I loved it way back when, and I knew the fan base for its always-dependable denim was still going strong. But I’m getting older and, let’s face it, more dad-ish in my approach to style. I figured I’d moved on. It’s nice to be proven wrong. Nicer still when the reason is rediscovering a brand that proceeds to immediately exceed your expectations with a garment that manages to be both entirely distinctive and eminently wearable (and, at just $139, very well priced). The cardigan in question is part of the Lucky Legend collection, a limited-edition offering full of reworked classics paying homage to the legacy of American denim. And though it isn’t actually denim, this cardigan captures the vibe perfectly.

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lucky brand cardigan

Timothy Mulcare

Cotton and indigo, baby

Lucky’s cardigan is made from 100 percent cotton and dyed with indigo (at least, the blue panels are). That means a couple of things. First, that the brand isn’t skimping on the look and feel of the sweater by packing in a bunch of (cheaper) synthetic fibers. Second, that the sweater will develop its own particular personality as it wears in and the indigo wears off, giving it that patina that denimheads love to obsess over. And trust me, you’re going to want to wear this thing. The cotton is burly but soft, the shawl collar cradles your neck, and thanks to the big cable knit sections and thick yarn, the whole thing hangs loose and easygoing on the body. It’s like an extra-comfortable blanket that you can wear anywhere you please—and one that looks good, to boot.

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lucky brand cardigan

Timothy Mulcare

It’s more versatile than you might expect

Listen, I get that a patchwork cardigan—especially one made from contrasting panels with about a million different textures on display—is not what one would generally refer to as a “basic.” But thanks to its devil-may-care look and feel, Lucky’s take on the style can be worn with a wider range of stuff than you might think. I’ve paired mine with jeans and a graphic T-shirt for an ultra-casual look, but I’ve also dressed it up with black trousers and Chelsea boots. It works just as well in both situations. And though it’s never going to stand in for something like a blazer, that’s not the point of a cardigan like this. It’s supposed to cool and relaxed and interesting, but not attention-seeking—the sort of thing that demands a second look without shouting about it. Which, as it happens, is exactly what it does.

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Photography by Timothy Mulcare. Prop styling John Olson for Halley Resources.

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