INTRODUCING MY AUTUMN/WINTER 2018 COLLECTION OF LIMITED EDITION ETHICAL KNITWEAR, INFORMED AND LED BY MY MATERIALS, AND THE SMALL BUT INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WHO WORK TO PROVIDE THEM.THIS IS A MATERIAL DRIVEN COLLECTION, HAND MADE THIS AUTUMN.

RATHER THAN FOR THIS AUTUMN ONLY, IN ITSELF IT IS SEASONLESS AND HAS BEEN MADE WITH A HARSH COMPETITION BETWEEN AESTHETIC AND FUNCTION IN MIND, TO ENSURE IT WILL LAST THE TEST OF TIME.

ETHICS ARE ALWAYS THE UNCOMPROMISABLE FIRST PRIORITY.

THESE ARE SCARVES, JUMPERS AND HATS WITH A STORY, TRACEABLE TO EACH LAST DETAIL AND I AM DELIGHTED TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THESE STORIES WITH YOU.

LET ME GIVE YOU A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO MY AUTUMN/WINTER 2018 YARNS;

- FIRST OF ALL, YARNS BY IZZY LANE, SLAUGHTER AND CRUELTY FREE, SINGLE FARM AND TRACEABLE, WE VISITED ISOBLEL AND ERNEST OF IZZY LANE LAST YEAR AS PART OF THE BEGINNING OF MY ‘SCARF STORY’ PROJECT. THIS YEAR I HAVE USED IZZY LANE’S WENSLEYDALE AND SHETLAND YARNS. THE YARNS HAVE BEEN NATURALLY DYED BY SPECIALIST NATURAL DYER, PAULA GOOSEN OF MOEL VIEW YARN IN NORTH WALES. THE SOFT PINK AND SEA GREEN OF MY COLOUR PALETTE WERE DYED USING BLACK TEA, LAC, AND INDIGO.

- WELSH ALPACA FROM SODOM, NORTH WALES. MICHAEL AND CELIA BERRY HAVE KEPT ALPACAS ON THEIR SMALLHOLDING IN NORTH WALES AND SPUN THE YARNS THEMSELVES USING THEIR ‘MINI MILL’ EQUIPMENT. THE YARN IS IN THE NATURAL COLOURS OF THE ALPACA, NATURAL WHITE AND CHARCOAL, AND IS SLAUGHTER AND CRUELTY FREE, SINGLE FARM AND TRACEABLE. MICHAEL AND CELIA ARE NOW RETIRING AND HAVE SOLD ON THEIR ‘MINI MILL’ EQUIPMENT TO A SMALL HOLDING IN SHROPSHIRE, WHO I HOPE TO WORK WITH NEXT YEAR.

- WORLD FAIR TRADE ORGANISATION, HAND SPUN, PERUVIAN ALPACA. I AM SO EXCITED TO BE A SMALL BUT ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORTER OF ‘AWAMAKI’, AN ORGANISATION BASED IN OLLANTAYTAMBO PERU, WHICH IS IN THE SACRED VALLEY, NORTH OF CUSCO. MY HAND SPUN YARNS COME FROM THE PUSKARIY TIKA COOPERATIVE, MADE UP OF 13 HAND SPINNERS WHO LIVE AND WORK AS A COOPERATIVE, WITHIN THE HUILLOC COMMUNITY, ABOUT 45 MINUTES AWAY FROM OLLANTAYAMBO.

WHAT STARTED, A FEW YEARS AGO, AS A NORMAL DESIGNER’S QUEST FOR MATERIALS THAT FIT MY DESIGN, HAS TURNED INTO A SLOW GOING, EVER CHANGING LABOUR OF LOVE FOR THE MOST ETHICAL MATERIALS I CAN SEARCH OUT. READ MORE ABOUT MY YARNS ON MY YARN LINE UP AND ETHICAL KNITWEAR PAGES.

SO, WITH A SUITCASE FULL OF KNITWEAR AND A HILL TO CLIMB, WE SET OFF ON A SUNNY, COLD AFTERNOON TO DOCUMENT A FEW OF THE PIECES THAT WERE READY WHICH YOU CAN FIND HERE WITHIN THIS LOOKBOOK. AFTER ALL THIS IS VERY, VERY SLOW FASHION, AND THE INDIGO WAS STILL IN THE DYE VAT.

- SUZANNA 

PRODUCT INFORMATION

ALL PRODUCTS ARE HANDMADE BY SUZANNA JAMES AT HER STUDIO IN SOUTH WALES USING BOTH HAND KNITTING TECHNIQUES, AND HAND POWERED KNITTING MACHINES. ADDITIONAL YARN INFORMATION AS FOLLOWS:

STORY SCARVES (as pictured):

DUSK PINK: SLAUGHTER AND CRUELTY FREE, SINGLE FARM, TRACEABLE SHETLAND AND WENSLEYDALE FROM RICHMOND, YORKSHIRE. BRITISH SPUN, NATURALLY DYED WITH BLACK TEA AND LAC IN NORTH WALES.

CHARCOAL:SLAUGHTER AND CRUELTY FREE, SINGLE FARM,TRACEABLE WELSH ALPACA FROM SODOM, NORTH WALES, SPUN ON SITE, UNDYED.

WENSLEYDALE WHITE:SLAUGHTER AND CRUELTY FREE, SINGLE FARM, TRACEABLE SHETLAND AND WENSLEYDALE FROM RICHMOND, YORKSHIRE, BRITISH SPUN, UNDYED.

ALSO AVAILABLE:

INDIGO: SLAUGHTER AND CRUELTY FREE, SINGLE FARM, TRACEABLE SHETLAND AND WENSLEYDALE FROM RICHMOND, YORKSHIRE. BRITISH SPUN AND NATURALLY DYED WITH INDIGO IN NORTH WALES.

ALPACA WHITE: SLAUGHTER AND CRUELTY FREE, SINGLE FARM, TRACEABLE WELSH ALPACA FROM SODOM, NORTH WALES, SPUN ON SITE, UNDYED.

OLLANTAYTAMBO HATS:

BERET HAT (as pictured) AND BEANIE HAT (also available):

WORLD FAIR TRADE ORGANISATION PERUVIAN ALPACA FROM A COOPERATIVE FOUNDEDBY THE ‘AWAMAKI’ ORGANISATION,BASED IN OLLANTAYTAMBO. THE PUSKARIY TIKA COOPARATIVE HAS THIRTEEN MEMBERS: Marta, Gregoria, Virginia, Hilda, Dionicia, Francisca, Exaltación, Simeona, Flora, Paulina, Nicolasa, Benita and Damiana WHO EACH SPIN ALPACA YARN BY HAND AS PART OF THEIR WORK FOR THE COOPERATIVE.

THE BOBBLE AND TRIM ALSO USES THE NATURALLY DYED SHETLAND YARN, AS BEFORE.

CHLOE JUMPERS (as pictured)

MADE TO ORDER:THE TWO CHLOE JUMPERS PICTURED, IN CHARCOAL, AND GRANITE GREY ARE MADE USING SHETLAND FROM THE SHETLAND ISLES.