Knitted and Made in England are not necessarily two words that you would associate with an urban brand, inspired by streetwear and a multi-ctulural society that has a legion of fans from Anthony Joshua to Swizz Beatz. However, ANZ is a knitwear brand dedicated to reinvestigating heritage knitwear, together with a fusion of the emerging hip hop scene around 1980-1989. The creation of St Martins alumini Ainy Naim, the collection is designed in North London and produced around the UK, using a network of family run factories that ensures that each piece uses high quality of fabrics, created in designs that not only make each piece a stand out item, but also partial for everyday wear.
The kimono-style knit has been creeping in as a menswear trend for a little while, trickling from catwalk to street and vice versa for a few seasons, but no other brand seems to have nailed pushing high-quality knitwear from traditional stuffy, ’round-ya-mums pieces that are often worn under a Barbour, like ANZ. You may have seen a few style insiders on street style shot galleries from London Fashion Week wearing sweatshirts featuring the ‘Product of an Immigrant’ and ‘Ethically Made’. ANZ are about to drop their ‘Peaceful Protests’ collection, building on their already cult Keffiyah-print offering in a collection dedicated to the diversity of London. The brand regularly drops new colour ways of the farwa-inspired cardigans throughout the season, providing a constant stream of limited edition pieces.
Check out the collection now, and place an order on something, anything…pieces are limited and don’t stay around for long.