Essex Classics Introduces Full-Zip Sweater Collection
Meet Allie and Lexi
Flexibility is a key component in the life of an equestrian athlete.
There’s a significant element of unpredictability when it comes to working with horses, and often there isn’t much time given to react.
That short seven strides walked on course rides a little longer than expected. Your horse pulls a shoe in the schooling area. The weather changes from the time you got on.
That was the inspiration behind Cathy Sacher’s latest design for Essex Classics, the industry leader in cutting edge show shirts and sweaters. This fall, Essex introduced a brand new collection of full-zip sweaters. “Allie” features a cardigan design with a high mock neck ribbed collar, while “Lexi” introduces Essex’s first ever hoodie.
“We’ve had our Trey quarter zip and v-neck sweaters for a few years now, but I wanted to design something that would give riders the flexibility of having a layer that could be more easily removed while wearing a helmet,” said Sacher, Essex’s founder and owner. “Changing your clothing in the saddle has to be convenient and easy to do. Our new sweaters have two-way zippers, with an easy-to-grasp zipper pull.”
Every detail of the sweaters has been designed with the comfort and functionality of the rider in mind.
The length of the sweaters is tailored so that when sitting in the saddle, the bottom hits just below the waist and won’t get caught in the seat. The sweaters perform during exercise while also naturally insulating: The fabric is expertly knit of a cotton and nylon blend for naturally cool performance, with a touch of merino wool for a super-soft finish. The relaxed fit holds its shape while not limiting a rider’s range of motion. The sweaters are also machine washable and boast functional side pockets.
“I like to think that we thought of everything—every detail was purposeful,” Sacher said. “While Essex Classics show shirts embody a classic style, these new sweaters are a bit more contemporary. They neatly pair with our shirts, and I just sensed this affection for the comfort of hoodies. I wanted to offer that option to our customer base.”
Sacher has been overwhelmed with the initial response from the new releases.
“I’ve watched [international show jumper] Erynn [Ballard] school many horses in hoodies, and she texted me and told me that she’s ‘obsessed’ with our new Lexi design,” Sacher said. “She ordered a whole set of sweaters in black so she can embroider them with the Canadian flag and the Ilan Ferder Stables logo, which I think is a great idea!”
To order Essex Classics’ new Allie and Lexi sweaters, visit EssexClassics.com or your nearest Essex Classics retailer.
About Essex Classics
From the start 35 years ago, Essex Classics has led the way in show shirts, setting a standard that all others would follow. Always on the cutting edge, Essex invented the wrap collar and introduced state-of-the-art innovative performance fabrics. Today, Essex continues to raise the bar, tailoring the smartest show shirts for a competitive edge in the ring. Learn more about Essex Classics.
Source: Press Release by Catie Staszak / Catie Staszak Media for Essex Classics
Photos: © Isabel J. Kurek