The inspiration behind the collection – Laos and Thailand
Each season our design team travel, leaving the sandy shores of Cornwall for an unfamiliar place.
Lovers of adventure, sketchbooks come out waiting on train platforms, steaming coffee sits beside them, slowly becoming lukewarm as pencils scribble and shade. Sometimes it is the act of taking us away from what we know so well, that can result in a clear horizon and when you work in colour and pattern, your eyes need to be open. The locations for spring/summer 2015’s collection were Laos and Thailand. Both rich in natural colours and human-created textures and patterns, our palettes reflect the vibrant tropical fanfares, as well as the soft, lush colours found in the landscapes, temples and mosaics.
ROSEWOOD: The subdued Rosewood palette, inspired by the intricate glass mosaic walls of Wat Xieng Thong temple. Rosewood, dusty pink and ivory work tonally together and are combined with a soft sage green and a bright turquoise highlight.
SAFFRON AND STONE: Inspired by the Buddhist monks dressed in their orange, saffron and amber robes collecting alms on the early morning misty streets of Luang Prabang. The shades of their burnt orange, saffron and amber robes worked in contrast with the cool stone of the temples and the grey clouds above.
INDIGO: Possibly the most defining point of the trip came during a visit to the ethical textiles centre Ock Pop Tok, in Luang Prabang. There they specialise in natural dying and weaving (more on this in another upcoming post). Our designers took a natural dye course, crushing seeds and boiled wood to create the colour with which to dye their own silk yarn. The process of natural dying is rhythmic, peaceful, while the slow and thoughtful weaving captivated our designers, leaving them with a renewed appreciation of the time and skill that goes into producing the clothes we wear. The visit inspired our Indigo palette of intense blues.
Always ethical, this season’s collection has been carefully created with patterns, shades and cuts that have come directly from our travels, as well as from our Cornish haven.