I have purchased linen or linen/cotton sweaters before and they have been thin and stretchy, cheap looking after the first cleaning. Not ready for prime time. This all linen gorgeous steel blue sweater is clearly a whole different thing. It is....luxurious....strong, capable....big time. To be fair, it was twice the price of other such I have purchased, but the money is returned in the quality. It absolutely stands out, transforms your wardrobe choices for a certain kind of night. I also got the Madison linen sport coat in khaki, paired with it in the catalogue photos, and the two together look so good I might as well be a super model.