A Whiff of Spring

A Whiff of Spring

It will soon be that almighty confusing time when I'll be straddling seasons – gushing and gawping at spring summer 2013, wearing autumn winter 2012-3, re-wearing spring summer 2012 and then chucking in some really old seasons in just for good measure.  And that's taking the physical weather out of the equation.  For instance I found myself nuzzling my face up against the softest of knitwear in the height of June in Florentine sunshine that had my skin peeling.  At Pitti Uomo, if I see something I vaguely like at the tradeshow, I normally make eye contact and hope that the person at the stand makes the first move and speak up.  If they don't, then I shuffle away gormlessly.  Blame it on innate Chinese awkwardness.  When I caught a glimpse of Orley's S/S 13 knitwear though, I think I may have stopped in my tracks, beamed a broad smile and immediately swooped in to find out more about what I was looking at.  

Orley are brothers Alex and and Matthew Orley and his now-girlfriend Samantha Florence who all met at summer camp in Canada.  Over the last decade, the trio gained experience in PR, retail and all facets of knitwear at the likes of Helmut Lang, rag & bone and Thom Browne.  In 2011, this tight-knit (see what I did there?) three decided to do their own thing with a debut collection of knitwear for A/W 12-3.  Orley is both fun and precise at the same time – fun because their way of interpreting references are idiosyncratic and precise because they have a dedication to using the best Italian knitwear manufacterers and generally getting the product right.  The A/W 12-3 collection launched with a spare collection of menswear-focused hoodies, jumpers, cardis and scarves but it's their simple yet effective selection of colours and design that make the product compelling.  

Inevitably, as with other highly focused knittists that have emerged in the last few years such as Sibling and Monsieur Lacenaire, the demand for womenswear sizing soon comes calling.  Therefore the S/S 13 collection is skewed towards both sexes.  Islamic art is remixed in a pastel palette, fused with twentieth century modernism and 1960s graphic design.  If you squint a little at the moodboard they showed me on their iPad, you can see some pastel hues courtesy of a little outfit I wore at Paris Fashion Week, which goes some way to explaining why I was so drawn to the collection when I saw it at Pitti.  You avoid sacharrine submersion with the pastel hues when you have two tone knits, mixing dark brick or teal blue with a murkier olive green, rendered as leather collared knit bikers.  T-shirts and thinner knits solve the problem of knitwear in the summer but the chunkier offerings are equally appealing as they utilise interesting stich techniques combining their unusual colour pairings.  Knitted ties in enlarged houndstooth, retro zig-zags, cam, pixi-florals as well as that Islamic floral motif would tempt either guy or gal to hone their tie-knotting skills, and somehow for me a knitted tie doesn't feel as awkward as wearing a real one.




















Jumpers from Orley's A/W 12-3 collection that are available at selected stockists and are so lovely that even Hong Kong's 34 degree hot-n-humid cesspit hasn't deterred me from wearing them.  




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  1. Gillian @ Money After Graduation

    2012-08-27 at 5:17 PM

    What a great line. Love all of the patterns!

  2. Miss Coco

    2012-08-27 at 5:19 PM

    I love your shorts!!
    Miss Coco

  3. ttea

    2012-08-27 at 5:23 PM

    I really love knitwear, there’s just something about it. I really like the sweaters with the flowers on them. I also like your yellow sweater.

  4. Tara

    2012-08-27 at 6:28 PM

    This is such a lovely collection! The colours are so sweet and pastel-ly – with a bit of an edge – and I absolutely love your yellow lace shorts, Susie!
    Best Wishes,

  5. Orley

    2012-08-27 at 6:30 PM

    Wow! We are so flattered by your kind words, Susie! Can’t wait to see you soon!

  6. Helen

    2012-08-27 at 6:38 PM

    Cute knits, particularly loving the first cardy pictured – great print and colour!

  7. Serdane

    2012-08-27 at 7:51 PM
  8. vanessa

    2012-08-27 at 7:53 PM

    These knits are gorgeous, I love the knitted zip up and the grey and yellow ssweater is so yummy, I want these for A/W!

  9. isabel

    2012-08-27 at 9:58 PM

    that last sweater is so gorgeous!!!

  10. Anastasios

    2012-08-27 at 11:51 PM

    I love that blue jacket with the big zip and collar and those great lace shorts that you wear dear Sussie!

  11. Aela

    2012-08-28 at 12:32 AM

    I love that red knit you’re wearing!!! Gosh, I want one!

  12. Natalie

    2012-08-28 at 12:46 AM

    On the subject of seasons, try being a buyer in London, living SS12 buying AW12 then moving to Sydney, living AW11, buying SS12 all over again and then AW12 just when the SS13 shows are about to show.
    Totally groundhog day right now!!

  13. jean cave

    2012-08-28 at 2:40 AM

    In Cornwall . . we have Four Seasons everyday. I rely on Cashmere and Possum wool.

  14. Little Red Book

    2012-08-28 at 6:17 AM

    Thank you for introducing this line, wonderful prints and use of fabrics.

  15. Kazuko

    2012-08-28 at 6:43 AM

    the ties… ugh, everything – i’m in love with everything!

  16. uczelnia

    2012-08-28 at 12:02 PM

    Nice outfits! thanks for sharing the blog.Keep on update the blog.

  17. Fleur

    2012-08-28 at 4:27 PM

    Wow I love the yellow lace short you’re wearing!
    Have a nice day,

  18. Aline

    2012-08-28 at 4:57 PM

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  19. Sari Purdy

    2012-08-29 at 9:32 AM

    I love the blue sweater. It is stylish and warm.

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    2012-08-29 at 2:44 PM

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  21. Rosemary Schmidt

    2012-08-30 at 9:25 AM

    There is more than what meets the eye to knit’s wear not only are they elegant but stylish as well. They are comfortable when you put thm on and tey are kind of unique.

  22. Rigoberto McClure

    2012-08-30 at 9:32 AM

    I love all the knits they are elegant stylish and they provide warmth.They are all trend plus they are up to date.

  23. sheetal

    2012-09-03 at 6:36 AM

    All collection is very pretty which is give fashionable look and style.

  24. Noe Farrell

    2012-09-04 at 10:30 AM

    Wow! What a great line of patterns! I really love the fashion collection above. Everything looks so unique and there is more than what meets the eye to knit’s wear; all brings out not only an elegance but also stylish look!Keep up the great work!

  25. Deadly Bite

    2012-09-22 at 1:21 AM

    I love the red sweater you are wearing in the last pic! <3

  26. pandora

    2012-09-23 at 9:50 AM

    I love that red knit you’re wearing!!I want one!

  27. PongRus

    2012-11-19 at 7:33 AM

    Nice post. I enjoy this post gorgeously with all of my friends.Really nice.thanks.

  28. junglejuniors

    2014-05-10 at 4:48 AM

    so cute n cozy! love that sweater on you- the fit is super adorbs. such pretty color tones too! I would give just about anything to trade city life for this kind of a scene right now.

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