Updated April 12th, 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
Best Option for the Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan
Perry Ellis 5 Button Shawl Collar Cardigan: on sale for $54.44
Given the slim pickings currently available, I have to give the honor to the Perry Ellis for the time being. I ordered one of these in the last Perry Ellis sale for 60%. The material is very soft and in no way feels like a “cheap sweater”. There are some subtle flecks of dark grey in the yarn, but they’re only noticeable up close. As for fit? I went with a medium and it fits like a nicely tailored medium. Grab it during one of Perry Ellis’s frequent 40%, 50% or 60% off sales, and you’ll have a solid alternative for around $30. Currently, Perry Ellis only has size large left available.
Do NOT believe the Amazon UK description. This thing is not 100% cotton or wool. It’s 100% acrylic, as is stated in the reviews and on the Ebay page for the same cardigan. Now that that’s clear …. Style-wise, this isn’t a bad option. Six buttons, pockets (although not exactly the pockets we’re looking for), horizontal rib knit on the back of the collar. It could definitely work for those of us on a very tight budget.
Urban Outfitters Shawl Collar Cardigan in Black: on sale for $4.99 (NOT a typo!)
Big thanks to Chad, who emailed this suggestion to us! Material is 100% cotton, and man, did they get close to the original in terms of styling. Right down to the horizontal rib-knit on the collar. Quick note on this one. Its design is a little more “street wear”, so it’s an over-sized cut. If you look at the product page, you’ll see the 6’2″ model wearing a medium. And it is hanging off him. Sizing down should definitely be considered. UO is down to 1 lonely XL now. Update: So I got mine and, as expected, it’s pretty darn big for the size. I’m normally a size medium (depending on the brand) and I went with a small in this. And it’s still big. An extra small would have been almost perfect. Conclusions? Great option for you bigger guys (size large and up). For gents size small and down, it just ain’t gonna work.
La Redoute R Essential Shawl Collar Cardigan: on sale for £21.00
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. One review says it fits small, so you may want to consider ordering one size up. Only sizes small and large are left in stock now.
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 out of mediums and larges.
GAP Cardigan in Black: £49.99
Couldn’t find this one anywhere on the GAP U.S. website. But Zalando has sizes medium and large left on their site. In case you didn’t notice, this is in no way a ribbed knit. It’s 100% cotton and the knit is very tight. It’s also missing those pockets. However, what I do like are the two buttons close to the hem. Open the bottom one and you’ll still have a fairly snug fit. I honestly don’t know why more designers don’t do this …. Update: I did find it on the GAP website. It’s on sale for $29.97 and they have sizes large and XL left in stock. But it’s final sale. So no returns if it doesn’t fit.
Jack & Jones Joranthon Knit Cardigan: on sale for $49.00
I have to admit, I was pretty tempted to make this the Best Option. It’s not a true rib knit. And, like the Perry Ellis currently holding the top spot, the material is a cotton/acrylic blend. But it does have that pocket style we want, and the contrasting knit at the shoulders adds some interesting, but not overwhelming, texture. Despite it not being the most screen accurate, it still has that casual yet sophisticated vibe of the Tom Ford. Just my two cents. Lord & Taylor currently has sizes large and XL in inventory.
Perry Ellis Long Sleeve Textured Shawl Cardigan: on sale for $59.99
Another option from PE. This time we’re getting a cotton/poly blend and a much smoother knit. Sizes small and large are in stock. Can’t really think of much more to say about this option.
Express Textured Shawl Collar Cardigan: on sale for $68.60
I was holding this Express alternative in reserve. First, I wanted the price to drop. Second, I was waiting until we were really desperate for good alternatives. Which we now are. The knit is closer to a waffle style, the yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend, and it features vertical pockets. So no better or worse than many of the other options we now have. The nice thing is Express still has sizes x-small to XL available.
Marc O’Polo Cardigan Black: on sale for £115.99
Do you live in the UK or one of the Northern European countries? Great! You’re all set! Live in the U.S.? Too bad. Because, sadly, one of the best alternatives on the market right now does NOT ship to the U.S. The cardigan is 100% cotton and is a true higher gauge rib knit with the front pockets. There is a tonal Marc O’Polo badge on the left shoulder. But nothing too obnoxious. The UK Zalando site has one medium and one large left in stock. So if you want it, act fast!
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, like Gap, has placed the two bottom buttons close together. Nordstrom has sizes x-small to medium 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 and XL 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. Update: this one’s no longer available at Amazon, so you’ll need to head over to the Cashmere Heartland site if you want it.
The “Why you should wait” option
ROYALE Filmwear Quantum Talamone Shawl Collar Cardigan: approximately $219.00
Yep! Daniel Love’s ROYALE Filmwear will be releasing their replica sometime around late May this year. Just in time for … well, summer, I guess. But it’ll be a keeper, of that I have no doubt! He’s using 100% Merino wool and got his hands on an actual Tom Ford cardigan to make sure all the details are spot on. Head over to the ROYALE Filmwear website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the notification list.
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!