La Paz AW13 Shetland Knits
Spread the word: Hillflint
Kickstarter has rightfully earned its place on my list of favourites, as one of the most brilliant concepts to bless the web. Thankfully, as of lately, there’s been a wide array of outstanding projects who’ve seen their goals matched or even surpassed, with Hillflint being one of them.
Created by John Shi and Woody Hines, the brand sets out to deliver the perfect sweater, suitably named The Mark One. Admittedly inspired by a preppy aesthetic, reminiscent of “Take Ivy” times, Hillflint aims to recreate a luxury version of the timeless crewneck sweater. Combining over a pound of the finest two-ply Australian Merino wool, with ribbed cuffs and hem, raglan sleeves and 7-gauge stitching, they are able to deliver both exquisite quality and fit in a unique sweater. The brand has now surpassed their goal (over 50% in the first 12 hours), but feel free to visit their Kickstarter and give them hand!
Massimo Dutti October Lookbook
Orley SS14 Lookbook
I first met the trio behind Orley during Pitti Uomo 83 and couldn’t help to be amazed by their outstanding knitwear offerings (they were showing AW13 at the time). The american based, italian made label is an expert when it comes to knitwear, incorporating highly advanced techniques into sweaters, cardigans and jackets. For SS14, the brand presents yet another refreshing and irreverent approach, expanding the collection to incorporate tailored trousers and relaxed pleated shorts.
Sophnet SS13 Collection
Play It Fair…
If it’s generally accepted that certain colors have more in common with specific seasons, the same can be applied, although to a lesser degree, to patterns. To name but a few, stripes and gingham are usually sported in Summer whereas argyles, for instance, are more wintery. Even if within a fashion forward universe, this traditional approach is being overlooked, the concept still remains to a large extent. It there’s one such pattern that symbolizes Winter in all its frost white glory, it has to be Fair Isle.
Named after the homonym island located in Northern Scotland, it consists of a local traditional knitting technique where up to five distinct colors are combined in rows, creating a uniquely characteristic mosaic pattern. Originally found only in this island, its visual appeal has captured the heart of designers and stylish individuals alike, earning it a place in runways and shops worldwide. Its recent burst in popularity placed it on most Christmas wishlists and allowed designers to create a never before seen variety of items, in an array of fabrics and shades.