Surf, sand and the soft stuff. When it comes to Australian designer Belynda Macpherson’s cashmere line, Banjo & Matilda (banjoandmatilda.com), it’s all about mixing luxury yarns with Down Under design twists. Launched in 2008, this sumptuous collection is now available exclusively at Holt Renfrew stores across Canada. Here, the designer talks knitwear essentials and working with her famous sister-in-law.
When did your love for knitwear begin?
“When I started ballet at age four. My skin was so sensitive that my mother hand-knitted all of my ballet wraps and legwarmers in cashmere. To this day, when I wear cashmere knits, I feel a sense of security and calm.”
What’s behind the name of your company?
“When I was pregnant with my son, my sister-in-law Elle suggested I call him Banjo. I ended up naming him Xander, but the name always resonated as something beautifully Australian.”
You’ve collaborated with Elle on a few occasions. What’s it like working together?
“We have an easy relationship that’s based on mutual admiration and respect.
I am totally in awe of her achievements and elegance. Above all, we both adore cashmere!”
What are your favourite pieces from the fall collection?
“Our 100 per cent cashmere lounging pants are a necessary luxury. I have four pairs on constant rotation. I’m also a fan of our classic sailing sweater—vintage elegance 101.”
How would you describe your personal style?
“I’m a mother, a wife and a business owner, so my [clothes] take me from preschool drop-off to a business meeting. I’m a sucker for ballet flats, jeans, a cashmere sweater and a blazer—although I love adding a vintage Rolex and Hermès scarf for a belt.”
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