The new season has brought about a new appreciation for handcrafted details in fashion. From intricate floral embroideries and open-stitch crochet to sampler-inspired cross-stitch embellishments, craftsmanship is having a renaissance and can be seen at the forefront of spring-to-summer dressing.
A large part of this popularity is due to how unique it makes the pieces you wear; no one exactly the same, each woven or stitched with care and consideration, and more often than not with an interesting provenance.
Here are some key artisanal details to look out for and add to your summer wardrobe:
Delicate, intricate and unique -
embroidery has risen through the fashion
ranks to be this year's star detail, and
rightly so. Making an appearance on the
catwalks with fashion houses such as
Chloé, Masscob, Mes Desmoiselles, and
Alberta Ferretti, it can add a new
dimension to a piece and tell a story
through its pattern.
Folksy embroidery runs through our
spring summer collection, seen in our
statement Ilona jacket with its all-over
cross-stitch embroidery or our linen
Marcella jacket with its simply trimmed
A 70s favourite, crochet has seen a comeback with
its retro charm and hot-weather-appropriate
appeal. Hand-knitted, crochet forms an open stitch
adding interest and texture to a piece.
See our crochet incorporated as a statement panel
to our Daphne cardi, a shoulder panel on our Elia
sweater or an all-over detail to our Claudie sweater.
A needlework technique, incorporating features
of embroidery and cutwork, broderie anglaise
grew in popularity in 19th century England,
and has transitioned through fashion ever
since, incorporating simple updates but forever
maintaining its pretty and feminine appeal.
See it come to life in our Moira dress, Jojo
blouse and Georgia top.
A traditional technique for printing pattern,
which originated in China, woodblock printing
sees a pattern carved into wood, which is then
inked, and transposed onto fabric; usually on
linen, cotton and silk in fashion. This creates a
beautifully 'imperfect' handmade look.
Our Adela dress and Sian trousers have been
created using Indian woodblock printing
techniques onto soft washed linen, which
appears gorgeously understated.
Produced on a special loom, jacquard weaves use
complex woven-in designs, which allow for large
repeats of elaborate and detailed designs
- great for the fashion industry.
The Petra cardi is decorated with an all-over tribal
jacquard pattern; the Leela top uses a bi-coloured
woven Italian fabric to create its textured stripe;
and the Miranda cardi has a reverse, geometric
jacquard stitch that runs across it.