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Håndvaerk
Premium basics for men and women meticulously crafted from the finest Peruvian Pima cotton
by Hans Aschim
on 08 November 2013
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Premium T-shirts and basics are a luxury—if you don't try it, you won't know what you're missing, but once you do it's hard to go back to anything else. With that in mind, the plush and expertly crafted sweatshirts, henley shirts, T-shirts and underwear from the recently launched fine basics purveyor Håndvaerk may be the last you ever want to wear. Minimalist design, hand-picked materials and meticulous attention to detail in both design and fit make these basics long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing.

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Drawing on generations of expertise in the textiles industry along with an artistic eye for apparel design, the husband and wife duo behind the New York-based label saw a gap in the market. Aiming to redefine luxury through construction and quality rather than branding, Håndvaerk (Danish for "hand-crafted") is made in small-batches. By keeping quantities low, the brand can remain highly selective regarding both its materials and manufacturing. Opting for family-run businesses, the founders travelled to Peru to find the best Pima cotton (prized for both its durability and plush feel) and small-scale production facilities.

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While all of the pieces in håndvaerk's collection have their place (they are basics after all), the standout piece is the crewneck sweatshirt. Featuring two different yarns of Peruvian Pima cotton, this crewneck is comfortable enough for lounging around the house but can be smartened up by pairing it with selvage denim and a crisp oxford underneath. As is the case with all of Håndvaerk's pieces—in addition to an exceptional softness and durable construction—the fit is impeccable. The attire is cut close enough to the body without feeling restrictive, and you'll be hard-pressed to want another under-layer.

Håndvaerk's T-shirts start at $65 while the opulent crewneck is $225. For more information check out the online store.

Images courtesy of Håndvaerk

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