The North Circular AW12 preview at Estethica
Courtesy of the lovely Katherine Poulton —Director of The North Circular— I got my second opportunity to check out the Estethica show at London Fashion Week. Katherine was showing the AW12 range of hand-made knitted accessories made by her team of dedicated Grannies using British Wensleydale and Cashmere.
Above is Katherine in one of her own designs with the aviation-inspired AW12 collection during Estethica at London Fashion Week. The pared-back styling with a tight colour palette offers the sort of timeless accessories that you can pull out time and time again, which fits seamlessly with the sustainable angle of this label.
Coming across The North Circular was another result of research following my formative trip to the Tipi in the Lake District. The team at the North Circular passionately believe in maintaining manufacturing skills within the UK. Every part of the process takes place here: from the breeding of the animals, to the spinning, dyeing and production, whilst meeting the highest ethical standards. Working to rejuvenate the British wool industry, which has suffered a decline in recent times the North Circular was established by Katherine and her friend Lily Cole as a way of not only supporting farmers and manufacturers but also giving Grannies an opportunity to earn some extra cash (which I’m sure is much appreciated in these problematic pension times) making use of their considerable hand knitting talents. Their aim is to rekindle the relationship between producer and purchaser which has been all but lost in recent years by restoring the appreciation of the value of a hand-made product.