Words canNOT describe the unbelievable softness and craftsmanship of a handmade Elder Statesman sweater. I would venture to say that these are bar none the most beautifully made sweaters for either men or women in all of existence. This is a small volume boutique weaver that started out making gorgeous blankets originally, and recently transitioned to sweaters. Minimalist in shape and complexity, but oh so incredibly rich in detail and color. If i was only allowed one versatile piece of outer wear on a weekend trip, this would be the only thing I need. You have to feel these to believe.