Beautiful things happen when artisanal craft and innovative technology combine. This season's Floral Hand Intarsia Jumper is just one example, taking original, hand painted artwork, traditional hand knitting skills and cutting-edge equipment, and creating a masterpiece in knit.
Our Spring Summer 20 collection ‘The Artist’ drew inspiration from 1930s art, in particular the Cubist movement, creating products across Men’s, Women’s and Accessories with an abstract vibe. A rainbow of bold shades, including Mondrian Red, Capri Blue and Sunflower Yellow, light up a canvas of fine Cashmere and Merino Wool Fibres. These key colours are the basis of the efflorescent design we have recreated in hand intarsia. Our designers worked collaboratively with an expert in hand knitting to replicate freehand brush strokes in lightweight Cashmere.
A vibrant floral image overlays an exploded herringbone pattern, a complex design that means knitting one sweater can take up to 16 hours. Each colour is meticulously laid by hand, one row at a time, using a technique that utilises over 200 years of expertise. One sleeve can take around two and a half hours to complete, while the front and back panels can each take between four and five hours. The separate components are then linked together with care.
The 2ply Cashmere used to make our Floral Hand Intarsia Jumper tells its own innovative story. Although Cashmere has historically been associated with winter dressing, producing these fine fibres in lighter weights allows us to create practical, effortlessly stylish pieces that can be worn in any season. The temperature regulating properties of Cashmere makes it perfect for all climates; cool enough for summer and perfect for layering when the temperature drops.
Our designers are the artists of this season’s collection, creating a gallery of bold pieces in show stopping colours. Our Floral Hand Intarsia Jumper exemplifies the beauty that can be achieved when this talent is married with heritage skills and state of the art technology. A piece of art in knit.