G R A T I T U D E I N A S W E A T E R
Founded in Bondi Beach Australia, Banjo & Matilda launched its first knitwear collection in 2008 with three cashmere styles and a mission to take the Australian beach-lifestyle to the world—in a sweater.
Founders Belynda and Ben Macpherson wanted to create sweaters that were not only discreetly luxurious, but that captured the freedom of their lifestyle by the beach—the freshness of the ocean, warmth of the sand, and soulfulness of the surf—in a range of knitwear made with supreme quality and integrity. The result being sweaters spun from the most premium of natural yarns such as fine cashmere, silk and organic cotton but supporting the opposite of ‘fast-fashion’ in sustainability, longevity, endurance and lovability.
Believing that benevolence is the new luxury, Banjo & Matilda founded ‘The Sweater Exchange’ in 2009 turning their gratitude to gifts for the most underprivileged in our society. Partnering with Mission Australia, ‘The Sweater Exchange’ collects pre-loved sweaters from their global community of customers each year, and gives them to underprivileged women and children every Winter season. “By virtually giving the ‘clothes off your back’ we facilitate an attitude of ‘giving back’ which becomes more and more important for our generation and the generations of our children”, says Belynda Macpherson.
Known globally for their fun statement sweaters and luxe cashmere basics, Banjo & Matilda’s team work, from their design studios in Sydney, producing new knitwear collections each season while shipping their products everywhere from New York to New Deli. Now stocked in important international retailers such as Net-a-Porter, Shopbop, Harvey Nichols London, Neiman Marcus, Intermix New York, David Jones Australia and major department stores in Germany and the Middle East, Banjo & Matilda continues to grow quickly and acquire new customers by the day.
Big on quality and small on pretense, Banjo & Matilda cashmere sweaters are spun with natural and ethically sourced yarns from goats in the highest mountains of Inner Mongolia, putting a little bespoke ‘love’ into each garment with their signature XX logo hand-stitched into each right-hand corner.