We are really excited here at A’ the Airts. “Sanquhar Pattern Designs”, our very own brand of knitwear has been featured in London Fashion Week!
The special new designs were commissioned by young Scottish fashion designer, Samantha McCoach, who is the creative director of ‘Le Kilt’, a successful fashion business based in London. The range of designer knitwear, featuring the historic pattern with a very modern twist, featured in Le Kilt’s new Autumn/Winter collection, which was launched at the 2016 London Fashion Week on the 19th February
Samantha discovered Sanquhar Pattern Designs, the knitting initiative run by A’ the Airts, at a Scottish textiles event last year. She trawled the archives of Sanquhar knitting, which gave her the inspiration to use a selection of the historic patterns to design an exciting new range of knitwear. She then approached the arts centre in January to ask if the Sanquhar knitters could produce bespoke knitwear to complement her new Autumn/Winter collection for the Fashion Week Launch.
Elma Clark, our project’s supervisor and trainer, took up the challenge and produced prototype garments to Samantha’s design specifications, using our specialised knitting design software. The knitwear was machine knitted and lovingly finished by hand. Vivienne Duncan, our assistant manager at A’ the Airts, and one of the Sanquhar knitters in her spare time, was also commissioned to hand knit Sanquhar gloves to enhance the range, complete with ‘Le Kilt’ knitted into the cuff in the traditional manner.
Images of the new Le Kilt collection have been posted on Vogue magazine’s website, with the Sanquhar pattern inspired knitwear prominently featured and the collection has already attracted a huge amount of attention on social media.
Photos courtesy of Bryony Wright.