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Collection Review - KESTIN FW21 - Colourcraft

Bernat Klein’s rich and varied work continues to supply Kestin Hare with endless inspiration. The Kestin FW21 collection is titled Colourcraft (named after Klein’s original Ltd company). Living and working in the Scottish Borders from 1951 until 2014, the infamous Serbian designer Klein was a visionary colourist – he treated colour as being a language and something that could express human emotions in different ways to words.
The very beginning of Kestin's design process has always been colour; the colour palette sets the tone and informs all fabric choices and then filters down into the design of the garments. Kestin takes inspiration from Scotland’s natural landscapes, buildings and artists, and weave them into their collections, connecting them to their home. 

 “Klein's work and approach to life continues to inspire me and my team. Like me, he used the natural landscapes from Scotland as a key inspiration for colour. He saw the benefits in being liberal with expressing yourself, both in terms of design and colour and medium. That idea of never restricting yourself appeals to me, constantly learning and pushing to create newness." Creative Director, Kestin Hare.

AW21 references colours from Klein’s abstract paintings, textiles and the iconic Peter Womersley architecture and interiors of Klein’s studio and home High Sunderland. Natural tones of peat, sand and forest green reference the natural surroundings, are spliced with architectural-inspired stone, camel and charcoal, and spliced with bright pops of survival orange, cobalt blue and ochre. 

Crieff Wool Fleece Windbreaker - Winter White



For this season's editorial photoshoot, we trekked over to Christie Pits Park on a weekday afternoon. Normally full of people enjoying a nice Spring day, due to the forced lockdown, the park was quieter than normal. Baseball diamonds team-less. Pools water-less. And benches conversation-less. That being said, we wanted to capture some laidback looks that Spring/Summer garbs usually conjure up. Shot by our good friend Jamie Lahtinen. Modelled by Rashaun and Shad.


Collection Review - KESTIN SS21 - High Sunderland

The KESTIN SS21 Collection - High Sunderland - is inspired by the life, work and home of Bernat Klein. Bernat Klein (1922-2014) was a visionary textile designer, artist and colourist, who established his business in the Scottish Borders in the 1950s. Klein was a maverick, challenging the preconceptions of how to use colour and traditional Scottish textile design.

Klein’s fabrics and paintings bear a strong relationship to the landscape surrounding his home, High Sunderland, in the Scottish Borders. High Sunderland was designed by Klein’s friend, the architect Peter Womersely, in 1956. A champion of modernist design, Klein also commissioned Womersely to design his studio in 1969.

"I've been inspired by Klein's design ethos and singular vision for good design, creating his own world of creativity in the same couple of miles of remote Scottish countryside where he designed and built his house/studio/factory. His eye for interiors, textiles and colour is still as powerful and relevant today as it was then, his High Sunderland is one of my all time favourite houses." - Kestin Hare, Creative Director

The High Sunderland colour palette reflects the tones of Bernat Klein’s main house High Sunderland and the paintings within the house, and is made up of pollen yellow, mint, dusty pink mixed in with natural tones of dark tan, slate, sierra and lagoon.

Print is important this season with two unique options. A custom print designed in-house is inspired by Klein’s woven textiles, translating references onto soft and breathable Tencel fabric. Kestin also worked with Scottish mill Halley Stevensons to produce a printed hybrid aero 7.2oz 100% cotton which references Klein’s abstract paintings.