Smart Buy - Inis Meain Crew Neck Sweater

Ok, we've had a mini-heatwave. But now it's time to face reality and stock up on jumpers.

The old mantra of 'spend less, spend better' is one often trotted out to justify buying a £300 pair of cashmere socks, but there are times when it's justified. Take this Inis Meain jumper for instance.

Launched in 1976 by Tarlach de Blácam, He originally came to Inis Meain to learn Gaelic. He eventually met his wife there and the rest is history. They work with local knitters from the region, ensuring they keep the knitting techniques that have been around the area for years.

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And all this means that you'll have a jumper that will last a long time and get better with age, as opposed to wearing out and being stuffed down the back of your wardrobe in a few years time. (The Bureau, £210)