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Collection Review - Kestin Hare SS19 - A Summer On Speyside

The new SS19 collection from Kestin Hare, A Summer on Speyside, tells the story of childhood summer holidays spent around this unspoilt area in North East Scotland which is known for its world famous whisky distilleries and fly fishing.

The Scottish countryside-inspired collection is focused on functionality using water resistant fabrics and details influenced by golfing and fishing attire. The colour palette is made up of soft tones of golden sand, peat, grass green and navy with deckchair stripes and rip stop nylons. Illustrated thistle and abstract whisky cask prints on technical fabrics challenge the preconceptions of traditional Scottish design.

 

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Kestin Hare has developed a Limited Edition collection with references drawn from the Ben Riach Whisky Distillery. Hare has teamed up with Scottish mill, Halley Stevensons, to develop traditional peat dyed and garment dyed products, referencing the three classic distillations and unique colours of aged Ben Riach whisky.

 

“Lazy days with nothing much to do apart from outdoor adventures and fly fishing with my dad on some of the finest beats on the River Spey. Speyside is filled with epic scenery and world-famous whisky distilleries. I wanted to bring in those functional elements of country attire but update them and make clothes that you can wear every day. We shot the campaign up at the BenRiach Distillery, the copper stills, the mash tuns, the warehouses with all the casks - it was an amazing experience. Bringing the whisky element into the collection made so much sense to me, it’s all about weaving in the references and challenging the preconceptions of Scottish design."

Kestin Hare – Founder and Creative Director

Kestin Hare FW18 "Shelter" Collection

Kestin Hare’s Fall Winter 2018 collection titled “Shelter” draws inspiration from the modern day Bothy (a remote highland refuge) culture seen developing over recent years in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. 

Taking advantage of more relaxed planning laws in the outdoors, architects have been able to redevelop the traditional basic stone Bothies with conceptual structures. Inspired by local building techniques and materials, designs are turned on their head by introducing contemporary elements of steel and glass and the use of bold highlight colours.

Hare’s new collection mirrors this approach, subverting traditional outdoor clothing and making it modern - demonstrated by taking the iconic Scottish Fair Isle Knit and literally turning it inside out, resulting in a softer, more refined finish. The collection’s tonal palette of organic moss and peat tones is mixed with steel and highlights of orange and rust.

The campaign features Richard Biedul and was shot at the Timber House on the Isle of Skye with Richard Gaston, author of the Wild Guide to Scotland and noted for his work championing the great Scottish outdoors.

Kestin Hare SS18 "The Leithers " Collection

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.

Introducing Country of Origin

Since 2014 up-and-coming British knitwear brand Country of Origin has sought to be “an antidote to fast fashion” by producing high quality lambswool sweaters and accessories using old-fashioned production methods. They use exceptionally high quality lambswool; all of their knitwear is fully fashioned. This is the traditional method of making knitwear and is dying out, in favour of cheaper quality goods.They do so from a small strip of land between two train tracks in South London. 

 

Its dedication to timelessness and durability are apparent in its signature looks, which include sturdy colour-blocked crew necks with eye-catching but not overwhelming pops of bright red, blue or yellow. Attention to detail is what the brand is best known for. They make all their knitted goods in-house. Brands usually outsource that to factories, and in their experience, it’s impossible to maintain the quality levels they strive for. Compared to pure wool (which is made from sweeping up the remains of other batches), lambswool is a much higher grade of wool - softer handle and more durable. 

 

Like everything at Muddy George, Country of Origin knitwear has a life beyond one particular season, and is intended to last the wearer for years, both physically and aesthetically. Their design decisions are informed by timeless style rather than the traditional heritage look. As co-founder and creative designer Ben Taylor puts it, “because we make everything ourselves, Country of Origin is about provenance. It's this intersection between the traditional methods of how to make knitwear and contemporary design.”

Kestin Hare "The Trainspotters" FW17 Collection

‘The Trainspotters’ is the new Fall/Winter 17 collection from Kestin Hare, which draws inspiration from Britain’s long standing fascination with railways and the cult British pastime of trainspotting. Outerwear has been influenced by durable, practical garments with hidden details which would have been suitable for long cold days on draughty platforms battling against the elements. Pull over-the-head smock parkas and technical seam-sealed hooded styles reference 70s kagool styles, with the idea that these can be layered over or under the other garments in the collection.

  

The bold colour blocked train exteriors of the 60s and 70s lend themselves to this season’s colour palette, with flashes of teal, burnt orange and burgundy mixed with a strong neutral base of navy, grey and olive. Texture and pattern across the selection of shirting and outerwear is reminiscent of the seat upholstery and carpets of the carriage interiors of the same period.

Considered design details are present across the range, with large map pockets on jackets, stitched pen pockets across shirting and striped woven tape used throughout the collection inside trouser waistbands and hanging neck tag details, again drawing parallels with the colour blocked train striped exteriors. Fabrics include a combination of Hare’s love for technical materials, off set with superfine Harris Tweed, boucle wool and tartan.