A Collection of the finest Cashmere – A Scottish & Chinese Cultural Collaboration
“It is over 200 years since the trade in cashmere between China and Scotland began. The cashmere goats that inhabit the high grasslands of Inner Mongolia produced much of the raw fibre that the inventive Scots spun into the very finest yarns, so building an international reputation for producing the very finest cashmere knitwear.
Now, in a wonderful example of the perpetual development of global trade, China is fast becoming the leading consumer for Scottish cashmere whose origins often still lie in China.
However, in the past 40 years, the Chinese Cashmere brand Erdos has developed its own technical abilities using the finest (.14 micron) and longest (36mm) available staple of cashmere fibres, which it is able to source from its own white baby Cashmere goats in Inner Mongolia. From this they are able to produce what is now known as the ’1436′ range of superfine cashmere knitwear.
Graeme Black, Creative Director of 1436, has now initiated a new twist in the collaborative tale between Scotland and China, by bringing these superfine Chinese yarns to be hand knit in Scotland by leading knitwear specialist Di Gilpin and her team at the Di Gilpin studio in rural Fife.
He will be sharing a collection of Scottish and Chinese made knitwear – inspired by the motifs of both nations – as the opening show of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival on 18th July 2014 at the historic National Museum of Scotland.”
Festival Director - Anna Freemantle
Edinburgh International Fashion Festival has officially launched into its third edition, directed and curated by the ever inspiring muse and mother Anna Freemantle.
This year is set to be better than the predecessors, bringing intimate talks from those Fashion mavericks Lady Amanda Harlech, Gareth Pugh, Saskia De Brau, Rankin and Helena Christensen. The Festival will also host interactive workshops, exhibitions, runway shows, gala parties in some of the most spectacular venues within the city of Edinburgh.
I was gifted this over-sized House of Holland t-shirt during the Summer Sale Season last year.
I loved throwing it on casually like this (rolled sleeves essential) with a pair jeans and platforms. However, it’s now a whole year later and time for a deep wardrobe cleanse and reinvent. So, inspired by Celine current Summer silhouette, I’ve taken the scissors to this T-Shirt to give it new life and a more feminine silhouette … Curious ? I’ll keep you updated soon enough (that’s the beauty of a web log innit).
Why not try giving new life to something in your wardrobe ? Let’s discuss …