When it comes to rocking sweaters that proudly feature cute renditions of carnivorous mammals, Polo seems like the obvious play, but that’s only because people sleep on Howlin’ and they really shouldn’t be sleeping on Howlin’.
If you’re not familiar—that’s fair, by the way; Howlin’ is a small Antwerp-based knitwear brand with roots in both Scotland and Ireland and a strong penchant for quirky designs and naming clothing after songs—know that they make sweaters so good that your grandpa would try to steal one. Think of it as your favorite sweater’s favorite sweater, the indie sweater other sweaters go checkout in the East Village. Too far? Always. Onward.
This particular Howlin’ sweater was knit in Ireland with a soft, fuzzy 70/30 merino/mohair yarn and outfitted with ribbing at the cuffs and hem and neckline, but the star of this crew neck show is that bear emblazoned across the front.
Like sure, sweaters can be serious and stuffy and itchy and steeped in centuries of a maritime tradition that ultimately brought us the super cuddly dudes from Deadliest Catch, but they also don’t have to be.
Available for $198 from Milworks.