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Monday, 28th Jan 2013
Spring 2013 sees the launch of a collection of contemporary interpretations of some of our most iconic, sports inspired pieces. The Capsule Sportswear Collection combines a sharp, modernist silhouette with traditional performance fabrics; accented by bold pops of colour taken from our early sportswear catalogues.
The classic Fred Perry shirt has given a 21st century makeover. Maintaining its clean lines, a laser cut bonded pocket has been added to the chest, fastening with a streamlined reverse coil zip. Laser cut eyelets under the arms combine with a sports mesh lining for a technical feel, whilst a specially designed silicone Laurel Wreath print completes the look.
Traditional crew neck sweats have been modernised with concealed zip pockets, and overdyed in vintage hues. Elsewhere in the collection, a lightweight and innovative technical Harrington jacket has been crafted in a special metal infused yarn. Finished with a waterproof zip fastening and functioning back vent; this key jacket style is a seamless blend of form and function.
Monday, 19th Nov 2012
Fred Perry have teamed up with quality craftsmen Drake’s for a Autumn/Winter 2012 collaborative blank canvas.
Famed for their refined handcrafted accessories, Drake’s of London have been outfitting gentlemen since 1977. The company’s origins lie in the hand printing and production of men’s quality scarves. Today Drake’s are the largest independent producer of handmade ties in England. Their impressive factory and covetable fabric archive is based in the Old Street area of London.
The collaboration sees two classic British brands join forces to create a measured and sophisticated collection of Fred Perry pieces, complemented by Drake’s signature archive prints. Staying true to heritage, styles are experimental, but not radical. Drake's Managing Director Michael Hill captured the collaboration perfectly during our factory visit, as he enthused: 'it's about evolution of design, not revolution'.
Styles include the classic Fred Perry shirt and Bomber jacket, which both pay homage to Drake’s signature medallion print, whilst an enlivened archive paisley print brings statement to woven styles.
All over print patterns sit alongside more subtly detailed designs, with pattern applied to plackets, collars, linings and footwear; creating a distinctly British collection.
Monday, 5th Nov 2012
Fred Perry is pleased to introduce the Guernsey Woollens to the Friends of Fred fold for Autumn Winter, 2012. The company have been crafting traditional knitwear from their Guernsey workshop for over 30 years. Both design and production are based on the small island (officially known as the Bailiwick of Guernsey), which lies to the south west of mainland Britain. The island, which is just 78km2 is famed for its traditional dairy farming, knitting and fishing industries.
The Guernsey knitting industry has a long and colourful history, including a royal following! It is rumoured that Queen Elizabeth (1558 to 1603) owned articles of the island's knitwear, and Mary Queen of Scots even wore her Guernsey hose (similar to a modern day pair of tights) to her own execution. However, it was in the 17th Century, when the knitwear industry truly flourished, as the knitted jumpers found favour with seafarers around the British Isles.
The pioneering wives of the island's fishermen had developed a special garment for their husbands – a jumper that was warm, hardwearing, comfortable and most importantly capable of repelling rain and spray. The hard twist given to the tightly packed wool fibres in the spinning process and the tightly knitted stitches made sure water ‘rolled off’ the jumpers. Each parish (community) within Guernsey had their own knit pattern to ensure any sailors lost overboard could be identified, and on a brighter note a misplaced jumper could be returned to its rightful owner.
For Autumn/Winter 2012, Guernsey Woollens have produced a limited number of traditonal pure British wool sweaters complete with our signature Laurel Wreath embroidery on the chest. The style retains many of its original design features, the rib at the top of the sleeve is said to represent a sailing ship's rope ladder in the rigging, the raised seam across the shoulder, a rope, and the garter stitch panel mimics waves breaking upon the beach.