Tom Ford Ivory Shawl Collar Cardigan

Updated March 31st, 2022 – Way back in November of 2008, GQ UK published an interview with Daniel Craig to promote Quantum of Solace (you can read a reprint of that interview here). And as part of the photoshoot for that article, Mr. Craig wore a Tom Ford ivory shawl collar cardigan. That same cardigan in black would be worn during the Mathis Villa scenes in Quantum of Solace. And the rest is knitwear history.

While finding affordable alternatives for the black shawl collar cardigan has been an obsession around these parts for a while (okay, my obsession!), that cream/ivory colored version also deserves a serious look.

Tom Ford Ivory Shawl Collar Cardigan
The Tom Ford Shawl Collar Cardigan in Ivory

And why is it deserving of attention you may ask? Because it looks really cool! The cream/ivory color evokes the classic Aran knit fisherman’s sweater. But the simpler rib knit gives the sweater a more streamlined, less busy attitude. It’s like a perfect mix of rustic traditional and urbane. And it looks great with a plain white shirt and jeans.

Craig, Beckham and Rynolds wearing variations of the ivory cardigan, white shirt and jeans combo.

And I even tried my own take on the look using a now sold out cotton alternative from Celio:

affordable alternatives Tom Ford Ivory Shawl Collar Cardigan
Celio ivory cotton cardigan with a no-name white t-shirt, AG Jeans, To Boot New York suede chukkas and a no-name suede belt.

This has quickly become one of my favorite looks to just throw on for a casual night out. I just need to be careful not to spill anything on myself!

 

Features Wanted for the Tom Ford Ivory Shawl Collar Cardigan
Daniel Craig in the Tom Ford cardigan.
  • Rib knit texture
  • Five button closure with black leather buttons
  • Patch hip pockets

So basically everything we want from the Quantum of Solace cardigan. But in cream/ivory.

 

Best Option for the Tom Ford Ivory Shawl Collar Cardigan
Le 31 Organic Cotton Shawl Collar Ribbed Cardigan in Cream Beige: $79.00

The black version of this one regularly gets a shout out in our post on alternatives for the Quantum of Solace cardigan. But the Ivory one is also worth a looksie. From a style perspective, it probably comes closer to the original Tom Ford cardigan than any of the others on this list. We get a great color match, the patch pockets, the thicker ribbing with some contrasting pattern at the collar. The fact that they’ve used a 100% organic cotton yarn is also a nice touch. So lots to like for the price! All that’s needed is to swap out the buttons for some black leather ones. Simons has sizes small to XXL on their website.

 

Under $100
Amazon Essentials Soft Touch Shawl Collar Cardigan in Ivory: $16.32 to $36.10

The price is definitey wallet friendly. But what about the quality? The Primer website has an indepth reveiw of the cardigan (in black) that details the good and the bad. The good? It actually offers decent value for the money (if you keep your expectations in check). The Bad? Sizing runs large and it has a tendency to pill like crazy. Those points are also reflected in the customer comments on Amazon, where the cardigan currently has 4.5 stars out of 5 after 467 reviews. If you’re just looking for some knitwear for occassional casual use, this one could be a solid choice.

 

New Look Fisherman Rib Shawl Neck Cardigan in Off White: on sale for $30.10/£13.80

This one is sold out on the New Look website. But ASOS U.S. still has all sizes in stock at post time and ASOS UK has sizes small to large. 100% acrylic yarn and a slightly oversized fit make this more of a “fashion” cardigan. But it still checks a lot of the right “Features Wanted” boxes at an affordable price.

 

Kier +J Shawl Wool and Cashmere Blend Cardigan in Cream: on sale for $76.99

When it comes to great deals, this one is probably the winner on the list. It originally retailed for $308. So that 75% discount is pretty big deal. As for the details, it’s made with a 90% Merino wool and 10% cashmere yarn and features some great contrasting knit patterns to give it a more refined, upscale look. So what’s the problem? GILT only has size medium left in stock. However, if that’s your size I’d same jump on this one before it’s gone!

 

Under $200
Edmund Hillary Lukla Shawl Cardigan in Snow: on sale for $103.02/£104.10

Daniel Craig Tom Ford Ivory Shawl Collar Cardigan alternative

This one requires a little back story. Some of you may be unaware that New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and his partner Tenzing Norgay were the first people to summit Mount Everest (Chomolungma in Tibetan and Sagarmatha in Nepalese) on May 29th, 1953. After this historic achievement, both men continued to build on their legacies by devoting their energies to improving the lives of the people of Nepal. This led to the creation of the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, which is still working with local organizations to help build hospitals, schools and develop infrastructure in the region.

The Edmund Hillary brand was co-founded with the direct involvement of the Hillary family and donates a percentage of each sale to one of the causes close to Sir Edmund’s heart. It’s clothing designs are inspired by the heritage mountaineering and sportswear of the 1950s, with most of the manufacturing done in Great Britain and New Zealand. For example, the cardigan above is made from 100% British Lambswool in Yorkshire. I’ve linked to the Edmund Hillary brand website above for the sweater and to see more from their collection. They definitely have some cool pieces!

 

Brooks Brothers Ribbed Cotton Shawl Collar Cardigan in White: on sale for $103.60

If you like your cardigans with a more substantial collar, this one will deliver the coziness. Made from 100% cotton, it’s missing the patch pockets. But it does have the darker buttons (plastic, not leather). And it definitely has the rugged yet sophisticated look we want. The Heather Grey or Charcoal versions would also make great alternatives for Craig’s Prada Cardigan.

 

Lands’ End Cotton Shaker Shawl Cardigan in Ivory: on sale for $104.95

A new entry this year from the American Trad retailer. It terms of the styling, it’s very similar to the Brooks Brothers option above. But the collar isn’t quite as chunky, which gives this 100% cotton Lands’ End cardigan a look that’s closer to the original Tom Ford. About the price: At full retail, it’s still a pretty good deal. But Lands’ End regularly runs codes that can bring the price waaaaay down. Just a couple of days ago, this one was going for under fifty bucks! Since they still have a full run of sizes in stock, it’s worth waiting for a discount.

 

Buck Mason Seafarer Cotton Shawl Cardigan in Natural: $175.00

With its high buttoning placket and slightly slubbier 100% cotton 5 gauge knit texture, this one definitely leans more “casually rugged”. But Buck Mason has still added some interesting touches (like the constrasting knit pattern around the cuffs) that show a real attention to detail. As the name says, the color is a more earthy natural neutral than cream or ivory. But overall, I’m loving the look if you’re after an “inspired by” piece of knitwear. I should also mention that our AJB007 friend armenianmovieman discovered this one around the same time I did. So I want to give him some credit for sharing his find!

 

Grana Mongolian Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan in Natural White: on sale for $189.00

Daniel Craig Tom Ford Ivory Shawl Collar Cardigan alternative

Not the cheapest alternative on this list. But when it comes to value for money, the Grana cardigan certainly makes a strong argument for investing a little extra to get a LOT more. They’ve used an undyed 100% Mongolian cashmere yarn. Which means the sweater is going to be warm and incredibly soft while still having some heft to it. Design-wise, it’s missing the patch front pockets (they’re side entry) and the black leather buttons of the original. However, we are getting that wide shawl collar and a great knit pattern and color match. It ain’t easy finding a good quality cashmere sweater at this price. So I’d definitely recommend giving this one a look if you’re on the hunt for some truly luxury knitwear. Grana has sizes XS to XL in stock on their website.

 

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9 thoughts on “Tom Ford Ivory Shawl Collar Cardigan

  • March 31, 2022 at 6:37 pm
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    I don’t know if you have seen the Royale Film wear version, I believe it has sold out. But having two items from the website I can recommend it

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    • March 31, 2022 at 7:31 pm
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      I know Royale Filmwear and Daniel very well! And his version of the cardigan would have definitely made it onto the list if it was currently available. Unfortunately, I’m not sure when he’s planning the next run. But for anyone that’s not in a hurry, it’s definitely worth the wait! Cheers!

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  • November 16, 2021 at 6:55 pm
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    Another new one !

    https://www.toddsnyder.com/products/drakes-shawl-collar-rib-cardigan-white

    Plus points – lots of required features, kind of looks like the Tom Ford one

    Less good : 1) price is steep, especially for lambs wool 2) comes up big and is quick thick, so not as sleek as the TF … got the feeling my other half is going to say it has grandpa vibes 3) it’s scratchy

    I’m going to keep it though and see if I can grow into it …

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  • February 20, 2021 at 4:07 pm
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    Just got the ‘Le31’ – unfortunately another one that will have to go back – I got an S, but it’s very long in the arms, and the body is a bit baggy – it doesn’t come up as slim- fit as it looks in the lay-flat. Also, the color has a definite pretty visible flecking in it, again, more than shows in the online pictures. The vibe is more ‘grandpa’ than Bond I’m afraid… oh well, another one bites the dust for me!

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    • February 22, 2021 at 5:23 am
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      Thanks for sharing that! The product photos on the websites don’t always show all the details, so I appreciate you sharing what it looks like IRL. Really helps people make more informed decisions.

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    • March 6, 2021 at 4:27 pm
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      Just got the Mango – can’t really go wrong for the price. Nice shape, good color, and from a distance it looks pretty accurate. Up close the texture is a bit ‘ropey’ given it is recycled cotton, so not very luxurious, but hey, it was $20! Probably more of a summery, and definitely more casual vibe to it. I’m obviously keeping it, but still on the lookout for the perfect one!

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  • February 14, 2021 at 7:02 am
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    Just got the Grana and I’m very happy with it. Lovely feel, and the light weight is a plus for me. I don’t love the side pockets, and the length is a bit on the longer side, so it has a bit of a slouchy feel. Also, when I can get around to it I’ll replace the buttons, which are a kind of pale cream plastic. So, the search will continue, but in the meantime this ticks most of the boxes. Thanks for the find. This is becoming a bit of an obsession, much to my wife’s displeasure! She is shawl cardigan averse.

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    • February 14, 2021 at 1:21 pm
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      Thanks for the insights! Always appreciate the feedback and it really helps to let us know what’s working and what isn’t. Stay warm!

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  • February 10, 2021 at 5:40 pm
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    The Up West is sold out in XS (unsurprisingly I guess), so I took a chance on a Small … no bueno unfortunately – I’m a medium in most things, and this was way too big on me. The hunt goes on … really odd sizing on these

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