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Collection Review - KESTIN SS20 - West Highland Ways

Camping and Scotland go hand in hand. The hikes are endless, the scenery is epic and when the weather is good there’s no-where else you’d rather be. For SS20, Kestin has looked at vintage outdoor gear to produce a Scottish camping-inspired collection. Form and function are key with a range that excels in urban to outdoor fashion.

 


The soft seasonal colour palette reflects the natural landscape of Scotland and is made up moss blue, dark indigo, light olive, sand, slate, stone, and accents of mint and cumin.

 


A huge variety of textures are explored with a tactile mix of cloths, ranging from heavy weight mill-washed ripstop 100% cotton, to super high-gauge Japanese taffeta jersey, a newly developed 6.3oz flax/cotton blend sustainable fabric, and washed fine cord.

 


The collection has a mix of styles to work for both city and country pursuits. There are light-weight shirt jackets, shorts and shop coats for days in the city, and windbreakers, tess and trousers for those outdoor days.

 

For many seasons now the Inverness trouser has been a best seller and after many requests a short version has been created. Retaining the great fit, the Inverness short has a low rise crotch, draw cord waist and made from British Brisbane Moss cord and water repellent Italian cloth.

FW19 Editorial Looks

With the cold weather setting in, and seemingly here to stay, we put together a few winter-inspired looks that we think really represent the tones and textures of the season.

Alpine Adventurer

Battenwear - Bouldering Pants - Caramel Duck Canvas
Battenwear - Five Pocket Canyon Shirt - Blanket Flannel Beige Plaid
Battenwear - Northfield Parka - Green
Battenwear - Watch Cap Beanie - Orange
Fracap - M120 Magnifico Leather Boots - Black with Fur Lining

 Weekend Wanderer

Kestin Hare - Field Overshirt Jacket - Charcoal Wool
Kestin Hare - Haymarket Fleece Pocket Sweatshirt - Navy
Kestin Hare - Inverness Water Repellent Trouser - Olive
VEJA - Rio Branco Hexamesh - Gravel/Marsala
Battenwear - Field Cap - Brushed Maroon

Office Optimum

18 Waits - The Classic Trench - Midnight Navy Wool
Outclass - Mockneck Merino Sweater - Charcoal Grey
Bon Vivant - Keenan Heavyweight Slim Chino - Navy
Portuguese Flannel - Twill Micro Plaid Flannel Shirt - Blue/Brown
Astorflex - Bitflex Suede Chelsea Boot - Dark Khaki

Cozy Charm

Country of Origin - Tri-Colour Lambswool Sweater - Dark Navy/Red/Green
Portuguese Flannel - Relaxed Tapered Corduroy Trousers - Black
New Balance -  M997HCX - Covert Green

Layering Guide

Don't get us wrong, we love a great fitting tee. But we get all giddy when it comes to the L-word (layers!!). With Fall wasting no time in sending the sun packing, staying warm is quickly becoming priority number one. Piling on a bunch of sweaters isn't exactly the smartest (nor stylish) solution. The good news is we’ve broken down some essential layering piece you need to have at your disposal this season. 

When it comes to layering, a light-to-medium gauge cardigan or zip-up (ideally in a temperature-regulating fabric such as Merino wool) is a versatile choice. Merino’s an active fibre – it reacts to changes in body temperature, keeping you warm on crisp autumnal days, and cool if the weather is unseasonably warm.

 

Few jackets can be worn in quite as many ways as the Chore jacket. Usually unlined and in a hard-wearing fabric such as cotton drill or moleskin, it’s ideal for a range of casual looks from all-out workwear through to off-duty tailoring. It can also be layered under a heavier garment, or over something lighter such as knitwear or a vest. Due to its boxy cut it can easily accommodate a chunky roll neck underneath, or an equally functional utility vest if you want to maximize the pockets available to you.

 

The overshirt can be treated in a similar way to the chore jacket in that it can worn in a hundred different ways. Open over a T-shirt, buttoned up under an overcoat, or even worn over a lighter shirt, it’s the utility player capable of doing it all. However, the overshirt needs to have a slightly boxy, almost oversized cut, which will allow it to be worn over another shirt and should be made from a heavier weight fabric than the shirt worn underneath to differentiate the two.

Warm, elegant and a lot easier than messing around with buttoned cuffs, a nice knitted sweater makes a sophisticated and hassle-free alternative to a shirt, and looks its least ‘math teacher’ when paired with an overcoat.

To tie the look together, consider going tonal up top with a navy blue knit under navy outerwear, or set off a camel coat with a rust or burnt orange design.

Just as overcoats can be dressed up, they can also easily be dressed down. Chuck an overcoat into the mix over a hoodie and things get considerably more exciting.