These sweaters are so good you'll want to pass them down to your children.
These sweaters are so good you'll want to pass them down to your children.

5 Heirloom Sweaters You’ll Pass Down to Your Kids

Make the most of sweater weather

These sweaters are so good you'll want to pass them down to your children.

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Not all clothing is meant to last forever, but every once in a while you’ll find a piece you want to hand down to your children. We found five sweaters that fit that mold. Some are from well-known heritage brands, while others are from up-and-comers that focus on quality. They’re all made so well that you can consider them heirlooms for future generations.

Dale of Norway Norge Sweater ($360)

(Courtesy Dale of Norway)

We’re pretty sure Dale of Norway invented the ski sweater 150 years ago. Its 100 percent wool sweaters have only gotten better with age. The Norge was designed for Scandinavian winters, with a thick wool thread and mock turtleneck for extra coverage. The funky Norwegian pattern screams après-ski. The result is a sweater that works hard on and off the slopes.

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Pendleton Alpaca Hoodie ($240)

(Courtesy Pendleton)

Heritage brand Pendleton has a ridiculous number of sweaters worth ogling, including one inspired by The Dude. But the Alpaca Hoodie won us over for its 50/50 blend of wool and alpaca and the Baja poncho–inspired design. Yes, it’s more casual than some on this list, but you don’t always need to go full prep school.

Buck Mason Vintage Cashmere Shawl Cardigan ($225)

(Courtesy Buck Mason)

Buck Mason may not have the lineage of some other brands on this list, but the California-based company takes a classic approach to design, combining proven manufacturing techniques with a modern sensibility. The goal is always quality, like this cardigan made from merino wool and a touch of cashmere. It’s a button-down sweater that will never go out of style.

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Filson 3GG Crewneck Sweater ($225)

(Courtesy Filson)

Filson went to Scotland to have this sweater knitted using three-gauge wool yarn in a seam-free technique that adds comfort and durability. It’s undyed and understated, which means you’ll probably want to wear this crewneck every day.

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Finisterre Westray Crew ($155)

(Courtesy Finisterre)

Everyone needs a chunky fisherman’s sweater, and Finisterre goes authentic with its version, using a British wool that undergoes minimal processing to give the sweater a natural feel (and smell). The wool even retains some of its natural water repellency, so you’re basically wearing an Irish sheep.

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