Kestin Hare’s Autumn/Winter 19 collection titled “In High Places” draws inspiration from the British mountaineers in the 1970s. This era was described as “the golden age of mountaineering” with a key group of die-hard British climbers achieving celebrity status due to their pioneering and inspiring efforts.
Research started with a trip to uncover the archives at the Scottish Mountain Heritage Museum near Fort William. There the team uncovered garments that were worn by the climbers, including the renowned crowd of Dougal Haston, Robin Smith, Doug Scott, Don Williams and Chris Bonnington. Inspiration was taken from the fabrics, functionality, details, colours and production of the garments.
The A/W19 colour palette reflects the natural environment of the mountain terrain in the 1970s and is made up of icy blues, off whites, moss greens and highlights of pollen yellow. Ventile, British wool, Italian boiled wool, textured fleeces and multiple checks are tied into the collection, reflecting the cloth of vintage mountaineering pieces.