Updated September 17th, 2017 – The Quantum of Solace black shawl collar cardigan that Bond wore during his visit to Mathis’s villa quickly became an iconic sweater. The QoS version was provided by Tom Ford, but Bond wore a similar cardigan in Casino Royale and Daniel Craig’s character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also sported one. You can find an updated version of the sweater, the Tom Ford Iconic Shawl-Collar Cardigan, at Neiman Marcus for $1590.00.
A simple black ribbed shawl collar cardigan at a decent price is actually getting hard to find. The ones below are not perfect, but they get close.
Features Wanted for the Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan
- Shawl collar style
- Rib knit texture
- Black buttons
- Two front, patch-style pockets
I’ve made no secret on this site of my admiration for Daniel Love’s past work. So there’s really only one question: did ROYALE Filmwear hit another homerun?
Well, if you’re looking for screen accuracy, look no further. Daniel’s meticulous attention to detail is evident once again. From the width of the lapels to the zig-zap stitching across the shoulders, this cardigan has nailed the finer design points of the original. Even the cuffs are extra-long to give you that extended roll.
The construction and material are also excellent. The yarn is 100% extra-fine Merino wool. So if you’re thinking “wool = itchy”, think again. The sweater is soft!
Now about the sizing. This cardigan is not your grandad’s baggy knitwear. Bond wore the Tom Ford very fitted, and ROYALE Filmwear has replicated that fit. The Talamone is shorter than your typical cardigan, with higher armholes and a slim fit through the body and sleeves.
Because of the knit, the cardigan does have a fair amount of forgiving stretch. So it’s not like it feels restrictive or binding when you’re wearing it. And if you really want that SA look, then “snug fitting” is the objective. But if you’d like the fit to be a little more relaxed, then going up a size should definitely be considered.
ROYALE Filmwear currently has all sizes in stock. However, the last run of this particular piece sold out quickly. So no guarantees as to how long inventory will last. Is $219.00 inexpensive? Hell, no. But I do feel it’s a very fair price given the screen accuracy and quality of Daniel’s work.
Best Option for the Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan
Look what’s back! And on sale, too! In terms of design details, this one isn’t the most SA. It’s a flatter knit and it has welt pockets. But the slim fit should do nicely for getting that Mathis’s Villa style. And buttons are always an easy fix. Swapping those out for some basic leather covered ones will certainly help. They’ve used a 40% cotton / 40% viscose / 20% nylon yarn, which makes it a little easier to care for. Amazon currently has sizes small to XXL in stock. Nice to have an option for you bigger guys!
New option from a company I’m unfamiliar with. Description says it’s 100% cotton. And if though it’s missing the rib knitting of the Tom Ford, the ribbing on the collar is going horizontally, which helps. One review says it fits small, so you may want to consider ordering one size up. La Redoute has sizes small to 3XL available.
Le Chateau Cotton V-Neck Cardigan in Black: on sale for $39.99
Despite the name, this is a shawl neck cardigan. If you go to their site, the picture of it in the Loden Green shows a lot more detail. The knit is more of a waffle style. But it does have some interesting detailing around the shoulders and neck. Le Chateau is currently down to sizes XS and small.
Claiborne Shawl Collar Cardigan: $60.00
And another one that’s back from the grave … sort of. This is the latest version of the JCPenney house-brand cardigan that was on our list since forever. And I can’t say that all the updates are improvements. The shawl collar is narrower. The more pronounced rib knit is gone. They’ve used welt pockets this time around. And the material is now 100% polyester. Still, there aren’t many options under $100. So here it is.
Another button job will be required. However, it is a true rib knit and has the pockets we want. Reiss has used an 80% wool/20% nylon yarn and the cardigan looks to be on the heavier (and therefore warmer) side. This particular model is not available on the Reiss website. Instead, you can head over to John Lewis, where they have sizes small, medium and large left.
A more expensive, all cotton version of many of the other cardigans in this post. That means: waffle knit and vertical welted pockets. What I do really appreciate is that W.R.K. has placed the two bottom buttons close together. Nordstrom has sizes x-small to XL available.
The Investment Piece
So apparently Cashmere Heartland also sells on Amazon under the name “Shephe”. If you’ve been thinking about this one and like the protection Amazon provides, here you go. But … they only have sizes large available. Another option? Go to Cashmere Heartland’s website and order it there. They have all sizes in stock AND it’s priced at $365.00.
As always, I’ll add more alternatives as I find them! If you’ve found an option you like, share it in the comments below! And remember to check out our Facebook page, Instagram account and Pinterest Boards for more James Bond style advice and inspiration!