The Leithers is the new Spring/Summer 18 collection from Kestin Hare which takes inspiration from the historical Leith docks, its workers and the industries that were based there. Once Scotland’s premier port, Leith has a rich history of maritime activity from merchants and mariners, to shipbuilding and naval training at the Leith Nautical College.
Leith’s heritage gives the area a certain character, and one constant throughout the years is the sense of community which is still very much prevalent today. Cheap rents have seen a new wave of designers and creatives moving to the area both to live and work resulting in a fast growing design-led community.
Garment dyed herringbone cotton, tones of indigo and nautical stripes meet a colour palette of steel blue, navy and grey with highlights of crisp white, stone and greyed-off pink.
Kestin's Edinburgh flagship, the Cruiser store, situated in the heart of the historic docks was once used to store the equipment for cruisers which went out from Leith. The store fronts Custom Lane, a collaborative centre for design and making which comprises of a gallery, event space, workshop and studios where Hare now houses his design studio.