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.
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.