Luxury knitwear label John Smedley held a special presentation at The Swiss Church of London to showcase its AW15 during LC:M.
The new season takes inspiration from the English town of Derbyshire, the place were John Smedley launched back in 1784. New looks reference the mining culture of the time, its biggest industry, with textures and prints from the time used. The semi precious mineral the Derbyshire Blue John (native to the town), with its unique colouring and rock formation, are used as reference points to create new styles.
Knitwear came in variety of styles including turtle necks, sweaters and long sleeve polos, these were paired with blazers and high waited trousers. The ripples of white, blue and black found in the Derbyshire Blue John stone adorn one of the more eye-catching sweaters on show. While most of the tones are sombre there are colour pops in the use of Inca Gold and Topaz, again referencing stones and minerals found within the mining industry.
Fabrics included merino and cashmere wool used to create lightweight pieces, ideal for layering for the season.
Swedish drinks company Kopparberg have collaborated with London-based knitwear label Leutton Postle on ‘The Kopparberg’, a luxurious knitted unisex jumper for winter.
The new design takes inspiration from warm Kopparberg’s Spiced Apple cider with a white base adorned with pops of red and green. Tones of yellow and blue also feature, referencing the golden yellow leaves found in the Swedish town of Kopparberg at this time of year and the town’s lake.
For its creation Leutton Postle visited the town of Kopparberg for research, coming up with a design that best reflects the vibe there and creating a stylish yet comfortable design, a fresh deconstructed take on the traditional ‘fair isle’ knit pattern.
Since graduating from London’s Central Saint Martins in 2005 the brand’s pieces have featured in publications including Vogue, i-D, Dazed & Confused and Nylon.
Commenting on the collaboration, Leutton Postle said….
‘We designed ‘The Kopparberg’ to have an offbeat yet wearable design and want the owner to feel stylish, individual and, most of all, warm and cosy inside and out!’
Azzarenko spoke exclusively to Sam Leutton and Jenny Postle, the designers behind Leutton Postle about their new project and knitwear tips for winter.
Tell us a bit about the Kopparberg collaboration and what the thought process was for the final jumper? S – Kopparberg wanted to collaborate with a knitwear label for their cosy Spiced Apple Cider, seemed like the perfect fit. The jumper is typically Leutton Postle in that it patterned and very colourful but with a little twist as we took inspiration from Kopparberg’s heritage, the town itself and traditional Swedish knitwear patterns. J -It was really fun to work on the deconstruction of the Swedish knit as it’s such a recognisable textile pattern in its original form.
What do you enjoy about working in knitwear? S – Knitwear allows you to work with a broad range of colours and textures that are ever evolving J – I’m a particular fan of the metallic and glittery ones, we love working with lurex and were excited to knit it into The Kopparberg
What’s your top knitwear style tips for the winter season? S -Just to wear it how ever you feel comfortable!
Anymore menswear coming up? S – The Kopparberg is the first unisex design we’ve worked on and it’s been great to introduce Leutton Postle to a male audience J – Although men have been known to wear our female designs before!
Is the brand stocked in the US? S – The Kopparberg is not but it can still be bought from anywhere including the states. We design and produce our stock in the UK, although we have had some of our designs stocked in H.Lorenzo in Los Angeles. Also, Lady Gaga and Bjork have both worn our designs so the word is definitely starting to spread so who knows what the future holds.