Acne Studios’ Luxuriously Cozy Canada Scarf Is Like a Warm Hug on a Cold Day

Ben Alsop

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I would like to state up front that the opinions expressed in this post have been in no way impacted by the Scarf Council, a shadowy cabal of international agents influencing people’s every winter neckwear-related move. That is because there is no Scarf Council. Nope. Don’t worry about them! They definitely wouldn’t have me disappeared just for mentioning their existence, which I definitely am not doing here!

Seriously, though. There’s not actually a group of folks—who would they be, even? It’s fun to think about!—who are filling my head with the pro-scarf agenda. I’m doing that all on my own. Because even in this world full of technical jackets and puffers and parkas, I still wholeheartedly believe that a good scarf is a genuine winter essential. It’ll keep your neck warm, sure. But it’ll also seal in the warm air inside your coat, making all of you even more comfortable. Mom always advocated for dressing in layers for a reason, and a good scarf is the easy-on, easy-off item to help you perfectly tune in your preferred personal temperature. What do I mean by “a good scarf” exactly? Well, for starters, Acne Studios’ expertly executed Canada scarf.

a close up of that cozy, cozy wool
A close-up of that cozy, cozy wool.

Ben Alsop

It’s really, really soft.

Were all of us scarred by the experience of pulling on extremely scratchy woolen items supplied by grandparents and forced upon our childhood selves during the holidays, or just most of us? Either way, there’s a common misconception, bafflingly still held in 2020, that wool is always itchy. It is not! Some wool is so soft and sumptuous it’ll have you asking, “Cashmere who?” and wondering why you haven’t been draping yourself in the stuff for as long as you can remember. This scarf is made from that wool.

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the fringedoesn't really do anything, i don't think but it looks nice
The fringe…doesn’t really do anything, I don’t think. But it looks nice!

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It’s a little longer than normal.

There are oh so many ways to tie a scarf (no, really), but when it’s particularly blustery, one of the best is the ol’ “loop and pull through” method. Fold it in half, feed the loose ends through the loop, and pull it snug so it doesn’t blow away. Thing is, that often results in a weird couple of nubby ends sticking out from your collarbone area, because a lot of scarves are just a little too short to shine their brightest in this particular arrangement. Not so with the Canada scarf, which isn’t overwhelmingly big, but definitely has some extra length to it. You can wrap, bundle, and wrap again, and still have scarf left to tuck into your coat for extra insulation. Cozy.

that little pink logo is a nod to in the know scarf wearers everywhere
That little pink logo is a nod to in-the-know scarf-wearers everywhere.

Ben Alsop

It’s an actual ‘goes with everything’ piece that’ll last.

If you’re going to be spending a little more on a scarf, it should be durable and versatile. Crazy stripes are fun. Ditto that for chunky knits or wild patterns. (Acne does stuff like that, too.) The appeal of the Canada scarf is in its subtlety. You can get it in always-trustworthy black like you see here, gray, camel, and a host of other shades that’ll work with just about any sort of outerwear you choose to wear them with. And the wool, though it’s not too bulky, is tough. Put it through the paces; it’ll hold up. Hell, some cloth-eating moths got to mine recently (the bastards), and they didn’t even manage to form a hole. So now they’ve fucked off and died (hooray!), and the scarf lives to fight another day. Exactly as it should.

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Photography and prop styling by Ben Alsop

Jonathan Evans is the style director of Esquire, covering all things fashion, grooming, accessories, and, of course, sneakers.

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