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The design

Called the Torso sweater, this design is an update on the original Fisherman model, and was created for the label's 80th anniversary. The sweater is "bubble" knit in the original technique, with the addition of tubular bands on the back, chest and elbows giving a robust, masculine look as well as flexibility

The production

To produce the fabric, a team of five men operate the knitting machines. One of the operators is the son of the founder, and all are highly trained. For this sweater, the front, back, sleeves and collar have to be produced on separate machines to allow for the variations in the knit style. The pieces are then cut to shape and sewn together. Finally, a cardboard swing tag is attached, signed by the worker who made the particular piece

The quality

The sweater is 100% pure virgin wool, which is sourced from Australia, New Zealand and South America, before being spun and dyed in Italy. Approximately 1kg (2.2lbs) of wool is required for each sweater. The fabrics are knitted in Denmark with the utmost care to ensure that the founder's original high standards continue to be met and exceeded today

Photography by Mr Matthew Donaldson | Words by Mr Peter Henderson
"Nothing would be possible without the complex knowledge of our experienced knitters. To celebrate this fact, every item has a tag signed by the knitter who produced it"
Mr Søren Skyt, owner and grandson
of the founder, S.N.S. Herning

Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the Danish knitwear manufacturer S.N.S. Herning was established in 1931, and is named after the initials of its founder, Mr Søren Nielsen Skyt, and the town in Denmark where the family-owned firm is still based. As a young man, Mr Skyt manufactured and produced knitwear for fishermen, which was characterised by its lightweight, "bubble" construction, still used by the brand today. This technique produces robust, highly insulating sweaters which are both lightweight and unrestrictive, perfect for protecting the wearer from rough seas and withstanding daily wear. In 1931 Mr Skyt trademarked the Fisherman sweater, which is still produced today to the original design specifications, and began mechanised production with machines imported from Germany.

These days, S.N.S. Herning sweaters have found favour among non-seafarers for their superior quality and aesthetics. The original design was born out of function rather than fashion, a fact which goes a long way in explaining why the sweaters look as good today as they did 80 years ago. All knitting takes place in Denmark by a team of just five men who are highly skilled in operating the machines, of which some are originals from the 1930s. Traditionally, fishermen would buy four sweaters at a time from the brand: a navy blue one for work, a black one to wear in the evening for dinner, a white one to wear on Sundays and a red one for special occasions. As the label celebrates its 80th year (and as it continues to be celebrated as a prime example of near-legendary Scandinavian design), it seems appropriate that the sweater featured here, which is exclusive to MR PORTER, should be in the classic deep red.


S.N.S. Herning's fishermen logo was designed in 1948, and is still used today, as a reminder of the brand's seafaring heritage
One of the AJUM 1S knitting machines used. The newest ones the company uses date from the 1980s, while some 1930s originals are still operating today
In the original series of the hit Danish TV drama, The Killing, Detective Inspector Jan Meyer sports S.N.S. Herning knitwear
In addition to the updated knits, MR PORTER stocks the original Fisherman sweater, the design of which has not changed since the brand was founded