F at Second Ave.; 6 at Bleecker St.
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Editors and stylists favor this tiny, tiled knitwear shop, just a hop south of Houston, for its array of silk, wool, rayon, cotton and cashmere sweaters that flatter the gamut of body types. Originally a manufacturer for other labels, Sample is obsessive about the cut and quality of their brand-name products; cognoscenti know that their yarns are all Italian, their cashmere comes from luxury purveyor Loro Piana’s stock and their wool is first-grade, culled from the belly of the sheep. But unlike some luxury knitwear lines, Sample’s designs keep tempo with the times: On the racks are funky, mod-inspired turtlenecks, bright cropped knit blazers for the office and close-fitted thermal cashmere for the ski lodge, along with fully-fashioned classics—twin sets and three-quarter-sleeve Kim Novak turtlenecks. Zip cardigans and military-fit crewnecks for men are available. Trust the intensely-schooled staff for guidance through the line’s wide range of cuts and colors.