We can multitask like nobody’s business. In fact, as we write this, we’re also planning dinner, answering email and bantering with co-workers. Not surprisingly, we demand the same sort of hard-working versatility from our clothes. If a dress can double as a coat or a skirt can be worn inside out, we’re immediately intrigued. This means that we get to wear the things we love more often—and get more bang for our buck as we do.
Tom Scott, who studied textile design at Philadelphia University and spent seven years at Ralph Lauren before launching his own conceptual knitwear line (now carried at fashion-forward stores like Barneys, Ikram and Colette), understands our multitasking obsession because he has one of his own. He’s made a specialty of wear-it-many-ways knits, but he’s outdone himself with this four-in-one cashmere scarf, which we're offering in black, ivory and putty. It can be a hood, a cowl, a strapless dress (just add a belt) or wrapped and knotted like a classic muffler. How’s that for flexibility? “I got the idea for a scarf like this from playing with the sleeves I cut off an old sweater,” says Scott, who produces his artisanal knits in limited quantities on hand-operated machines in a small workshop in Queens, New York. “I’m interested in the idea of something that’s very simple but that has versatility.”
And how! On a recent chilly autumn day, we started out wearing it as a hood, pulled it down to a cowl and then a scarf as the morning heated up, and finally wore it that evening as an understated dress—and got compliments at every stage.