The Philosopher's Jumper: Male X-Large
A 100% merino wool black jumper designed by Bella Freud for The School of Life.
Since 1953 (when the German philosopher Martin Heidegger bought one in a shop in Hamburg), the black jumper has been the philosopher's costume of choice.
It has taken pride of place in the wardrobes of philosophical figures as diverse as Herbert Marcuse, Iris Murdoch, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. The Philosopher's Jumper, designed in collaboration with Bella Freud, invites us to share in the philosophical life: one of soul-searching, interesting relationships, impassioned argument and bold speculation.
A key function of clothes is to show that one belongs to a particular tribe. This comes out most clearly in the case of military or work uniforms, but all clothes are, in fact, uniforms of varying kinds. They let others know who we think we are, what we admire and what we consider important. Clothes take their place alongside language as a key tool of self-communication.
The philosopher’s black jumper has a clear identity. It signals a commitment to simplicity and thoughtfulness. The black jumper seeks reason and timelessness, it says that we should care about things which last, and not chop and change our enthusiasms according to the whims of public opinion. The jumper argues that minimalism is a key concern in a crowded and busy world: it means efficiency without loss of grace.
Size: We recommend you choose one size larger than your usual size.
About the Designer
Bella Freud launched her eponymous label in 1990. She is renowned for her signature jumpers Je t’aime Jane, Ginsberg is God and 1970 and has recently expanded her range to include scented candles and perfume. She continues to design four collections a year as well as collaborations with other brands.
100% Pure Merino fine knit crew neck jumper | Male and Female | Multiple sizes available | Supporting booklet