>> Some of you may have seen that I've started to pen a column for the much-respected (and rightly so),the Business of Fashion entitled Bubble and Speak (geddit, geddit?) I'm not sure who to credit for that bit of clever punnery but it makes for a catchy title for a column about introducing young designers. For my first bit of Bubble and Speaking, I talked up the knitwear duo Leutton Postle aka Jenny Postle and Sam Leutton, who caught my attention ever since Jenny Postle's Central Saint Martins graduate MA collection in 2011.
During the summer, whilst the duo were working on their S/S 13 collection, which they showed as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout in September's London Fashion Week, I went to visit their wonderful cavernous studio. It was a hive of knit trick activity. I've stored up all these photos of a real work in progress, which don't necessarily relate to the final S/S 13 collection that was shown. Ideas get scrapped. Decisions change. Directions can swerve in the course of the build-up to the final collection. However, these pics do show that Leutton and Postle are constantly experimenting with a combination of hand and machine knit techniques, incorporating different yarns together as well as materials. When I went to visit, they were fixated by hammer beads, the sort that you meld together into different formations when you're a kid. A lot of these experimental samples didn't make it into the final collection. It's hardly a wasted effort though. What didn't work this time round is kept in Leutton and Postle's big basket of sample squares and could potentially be bought out for future collections. The sketches shown here were also initial ideas for S/S 13 that were then scrapped. To me they look like fertile ideas to pursue later down the line. Leutton Postle are evidently in the fortunate position of having excessive creative output, which they can then edit down when it comes to the final collection.
They even had time to knit a wonderful baby blanket in anticipation of the birth of Mary Portas and Melanie Rickey's baby (Rickey gave birth in September). Read the full article on Business of Fashion to find out more about this knitwear duo. Suffice to say, I believe them when they say there's so much more experimentation to come.