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The unrivaled breakout star of 2019? A late contender came in the form of Chris Evans’ sweater.
For his turn in the star-studded murder mystery “Knives Out,” Captain America ditched his hard-as-nails armor for a soft and cuddly Aran knit.
The humble, historic garment, also often called a fisherman knit, is named for the islands in the west of Ireland. During the 1950s, the sweater was known for being intricately woven — in a process that could take up to six weeks — to combat the harsh breeze blowing in from the coast.
Despite the knit being around for decades, it remains a popular winter staple for many style-conscious men and women.
Evans can now be considered something of an accidental influencer, as Cork, Ireland-based Blarney Woollen Mills reported that sales of their Honeycomb Stitch Aran Sweater have jumped by a colossal 150 percent since the garment made its rather surprising big screen debut.
Freda Hayes, the CEO of Blarney Woollen Mills, told the New York Post that while Black Friday accounts for some of the sales, the company attributes a major boost in interest to Evans and “Knives Out.”
A rep from L.L. Bean also told the outlet that sales of their two Irish Fisherman’s sweaters are booming. The Heritage wool sweater and the cotton Signature version are up 27 percent and 142 percent respectively compared to last year.
Ironically, the ripple effect of Evans’ sweater’s star turn has also been felt in its native Ireland.
Speaking to the Irish Post, Laura Byrne from The Sweater Shop on Nassau Street in Dublin revealed the store has been flooded with requests for the knit.
“We have been inundated with calls and online orders for the classic Aran sweater… Customers can’t believe how soft and cosy they are to wear,” she said.
Byrne added, “The secret to a great Aran Sweater is the yarn it is made with, we use 100 percent merino wool, which keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, making it the perfect year-round sweater “
Pick up your own now to see you through the cold snap:
Shop: Traditional Men’s Aran Sweater, $59.95
Shop: Madewell Donegal Cable Knit Fisherman Sweater, $128
Shop: Aran Crafts Men’s Fisherman Irish Knit Crew Neck Sweater, $74.95
Shop: Only Sweater Dress, $32
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