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Introducing Guernsey Woollens to Friends of Fred

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.

Guernsey Woollens Logo  
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.

 

Guernsey Woollens Knitted Sweater 

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.

These timeless sweaters are available to buy both online and in our Laurel Wreath shops now.

 

 

Richard Nicoll for Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Collection

This season's final Richard Nicoll for Fred Perry Laurel Wreath collection centres around an equestrian theme that plays on the idea of British eccentricity.  The statement equestrian horse print, harlequin patterns and sequinned panels are presented in a rich palette of blues, magenta, pink and opal throughout the range. Classic Fred Perry styles have been revisited, with the designer's signature feminine tailoring adding a sophisticated sensibility.

Fred Perry Richard Nicoll Shirt
Harlequin pattern cashmere mix sweaters are layered over jewel tone and regal coloured shirts. Solid colour 1970s inspired dresses are finished with keyhole Laurel Wreath embroidery.  The wool tuxedo trousers cut at 7/8 and silk satin shorts complete the look.

Richard Nicoll Fred Perry Knitwear

Fred Perry Richard Nicoll Dress

Richard Nicoll Fred Perry Dress
Outerwear is classic and understated – the Harrington is offered in a silk and cotton satin and the bonded mac features a contrast purple lining. The equestrian theme is continued through to accessories with a soft leather saddle bag in tan and cartridge bag in chocolate. The Laurel Wreath Collection also features wedge heeled suede moccasins with chunky tassels, available in Navy and Ginger.

Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Womens Bag and Footwear

The Richard Nicoll for Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Collection is available online and our Laurel Wreath Collection shops now.

Inspiration - Donegal Tweed

A key inspiration for this season's Authentic knitwear is Donegal tweed; a fabric with centuries of history created through skilled craftsmanship, passed down from generation to generation. Known for its rich texture, the Donegal tweed's unique speckled appearance was originally created by hand-weaving wool from household sheep, coloured using natural dyes. The very first Donegal tweeds would take colours from the local surroundings - purples taken from blackberries and yellows from organic gorse - to create the mottled cloth.

Donegal Tweed 3

A close up look at the AW11 Donegal tweed inspired crew neck sweater.

Inspired by this unique heritage, our designers played with new knitwear styles and used soft lambswool to create men's and women's crew neck jumpers for AW11. Perfect layered over a brushed cotton check shirt or a long sleeve pique jersey, these styles are ideal for the colder weather that's started to creep in.

The Donegal tweed inspired crew neck jumpers are available at our Authentic shops and online at FredPerry.com