With an aptitude for creating luxurious knitwear, Italian heavy hitter Max Mara’s collections are renowned for their decisive lines and classic looks. Founded in 1951 by Achille Maramotti, the empire continues to create sleek wares and sophisticated designs; and is acclaimed for its use of exceptional fabrics and materials. Think triple-ply cashmere coats and jumpers, minimalist colour schemes and ladylike dressing. A favourite of the French Vogue Editor, Carine Roitfeld, the line has racked up an impressive following of smartly dressed devotees like Alexa Chung and Jennifer Garner. Once designed by fashion titans Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, and Narciso Rodriguez; the company is now a family operated venture. Star piece include the coveted Teddy bear coat, Camel coats, wrap over coats, cashmere coats, jumpers, silk shirtdresses and bags.