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    Wool week: Layers

    In celebration of this year’s wool week, we wanted to honour one of our most timeless layering staples traditionally made from wool, the modest cardigan.

    It’s a simple go-to for a stylish layered look through the colder seasons and is distinguished by its button detail and traditional wool fabric. Although there are many alternate fabrics (many of which are mass-produced) creating an array of designs, patterns and shapes, a woollen cardigan is an investment piece that truly proves its worth.

    But where did it originate? The cardigan was named after James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British Army Major General who is renowned for leading the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. A battle that was immortalised by the famous namesake poem written by Lord Alfred Tennyson. It is believed that Lord Brudenell created the cardigan for his troops to wear due to the garment functionality as well as style.

    Traditionally made of wool, like most clothing of the period, the cardigan was practical in its insulation and breathability. As wool is able to react to fluctuations in your body temperature from the tiny pockets of air within its fibres it can circulate heat, meaning that wool will keep you warm when your body is cold, and cool when it’s hot. This unique ability is the reason wool is still a popular material in modern fashion and makes the cardigan a perfect accessory to a summer dress as well as a stylish winter layer.

    Lord Brudenell returned home before his troops and before news of the doomed battle. He enjoyed a hero’s welcome including a reception by Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace. During this short-lived fame, Cardigan’s garment of the same name rose in popularity. After Lord Brudenell’s swift fall from grace, the cardigan began being commercially produced and worn across the country for its versatility, practicality and association with high society.

    However, it wasn’t until the iconic and influential Coco Chanel established herself in the world of fashion that cardigans became popular for women. Chanel is famously quoted on her regeneration of the cardigan because "she hated how tight-necked men's sweaters messed up her hair when she pulled them over her head”.

    Chanel propelled the cardigan to the epicentre of style associating it with the college culture of the Roaring Twenties and early 1930’s across Europe. However, it wasn’t until the 1950’s that Chanel’s cardigans gained traction in the United States, fitting well with America’s emerging women’s liberation and appealing to the sense of egalitarianism.

    Since then, the cardigan has sustained its popularity through the decades, basking in the spotlight of silver-screen success with glamourous wearers like Brigitte Bardot. As well as being re-established at the forefront of progression as part of the Riot Grrrl feminist movement uniform in the 1990’s. It was rejuvenated in the 2010’s when Michelle Obama wore one to meet the Queen. Prompting a salty Oscar de la Renta to denounce the first lady’s fashion choice saying “You don’t go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater”. Perhaps De La Renta is unaware of the intrinsic British history and past high society liaisons the cardigan bears upon its shapely shoulders.

    These days, it is impossible to shop without seeing a variation of the history laden fashion item. But if you’re a traditionalist wishing to either add the timeless wardrobe ‘must-have’ or update your current one, take a look at our beautiful renditions from our traditional Fairisle cardigan knitted in Scotland, to our vibrant teal textured lambswool cardigan. Perhaps something more versatile like our classic black lambswool cardigan or our longline bottle-green lambswool cardigan? No matter your choice, be assured that you’re choosing a premium quality piece that will sustain style and stand the test of time!

    Each of our cardigans in our latest collection are made from either 100% pure lambswool or 100% merino wool. Take a look at the full collection here >>

    And read our handy guide on how to care for your wool garments >>

    We would love to hear about your favourite go-to winter layers, let us know about them in the comments…

    This seasons’ must-have prints

    From feminine florals to pretty polka dots, brighten up your wardrobe with this seasons’ must-have prints. Each piece has been designed with you in mind, providing relaxed, chic style that will effortlessly combine to form considered stunning outfits.

    Fresh and contemporary, these geometric separates can be worn together for a gorgeous eye-catching ensemble or paired with your basic plains for stylish informal dressing. Choose from the top, skirt or trousers made in wonderfully comfortable jersey.

     

    Smart and sophisticated, our vibrant printed shirt is made in a beautiful Italian crêpe fabric and can be worn buttoned up or over a t-shirt for extra warmth and a more casual appearance.

     

    Our polka dot cardigan is an impeccable wardrobe addition, made in a soft cotton jacquard knit with a crewneck style, patch pockets and natural shell buttons. Pair with skirts, trousers or dresses for a fashionably elegant and comfortable layer.

     

    With a delightful pebble print design, our lovely pull-on trousers and figure flattering dress are made in the softest crush-free jersey with a touch of elastane to keep them in shape. Complete either piece with the matching scarf too!

     

    Having a stunning go-to dress is a wardrobe essential! Enhance your silhouette in our flattering, easy to wear, pull-on jersey dress which features a beautiful russet leaf print and a knot waist.

     

    This gorgeously colourful Liberty of London brushed cotton twill skirt is perfect for the season and will complement your plain jumpers as well as basic tops perfectly. It is fully lined, with soft pleats at the front and back, in-seam pockets and has side back waistband elastication for ultimate comfort.

     


    Add a stunning finishing touch to your outfits with our printed scarves, including our superb silk twill square printed by our local a mill, Beckford Silk, featuring a refined classic dogtooth print and finished with a neat striped border and hand rolled hems.

     

    Do you have a favourite print from the new season? Let us know in the comments below...

    Fabric feature: Cotton

    At the beginning of the year, we explored the most popular trends for the upcoming months one of which being sustainable clothing.

    This is a trend that has been reflected globally and the necessity of ecologically sound fabrics is now more important than ever with the increase of fast fashion from retailers using low quality materials. Because of this, each year in the UK 350,000 tonnes (about £140 million in worth) of used but still wearable clothing goes to landfill.

    The sustainable revolution has further hit the fashion industry as it is now more aware of its own pollution and is beginning to improve manufacturing processes to reduce its global effect. In 2018, we saw an increase in sustainable clothing in the collections of major designers around the world as they included more recycled and au-natural fabrics

    Au natural fabrics are determined by whether they’re biodegradable, for example leather, wool, cashmere and cotton. While recycled clothing is made from recycled plastic such as water bottles which are collected, chipped, melted, and spun into yarn to live a second life as a t-shirt, jacket or even a pair of trainers!

    As a natural fabric, cotton offers lightweight breathability making it perfect for summer. It bears this unique ability because the fibres have a hollow centre which enables them to circulate air, as well as retain heat, meaning these beautiful investment pieces can be worn through all the seasons!

    Beyond the comfort, durability and array of styles cotton provides, why else should you shop the material?

    Well, the cotton plant is revolutionary as it not only provides the fibre for fabric, but all parts of the plant are used meaning there is little waste in its cultivation.  The cotton seed is fed to cattle and crushed to make oil, this cottonseed oil can be used in cooking and in products like soap, margarine, emulsifiers, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. While the linters (very short fibres that remain on the cottonseed after ginning) are used to produce goods such as bandages, swabs, bank notes and cotton buds. Moreover, the plant can grow in most conditions, although it prefers a warm and humid climate therefore, today, the major cotton producing countries are China, United States, Uzbekistan, Brazil and Turkey.

    Cotton is innately perfect for spinning into thread, as the natural structure of the fibre is spiralled. This means the surface of the fibre is rough, so when the fibres are placed together, they interlock and stick like Velcro. As Cotton in its raw state is not naturally strong it is essential that it is spun and then woven into cloth. Through the industrial revolution, today’s spinning process is highly efficient with a modern mill being capable of producing enough yarn or thread in 30 days to wrap around the earth 2300 times or to go to and from the moon 235 times. Once spun the yarn moves on to a loom machine to be woven into fabric which then goes on to be bleached, washed, dyed or printed.

    We have introduced some stunning pieces made from the natural hero in our summer collection…

    Our stylish cutwork blouse and decorative t-shirt are perfect base layers for summer. Each piece offers beautiful detail and are made in simple colours that easily combine with your existing wardrobe.

     

    As much as we hope for warm weather, sometimes you need a cover-up for those chiller days. Our refined combed cotton knit pointelle top and soft merino wool lace panel cardigan are lovely summer weight pieces and each feature gorgeous feminine embellishments.

     

    If you’re spending a few hours in the garden or want something a little cosier to wear, opt for our luxuriously warm polka dot sweatshirt that has a lovely snug collar and hand warming welt pockets.

     

    Is cotton your favourite fabric? Do you have a go-to garment in your wardrobe? Let us know in the comments…

    11 facts about paisely

    The heritage of paisley not only goes back many hundreds of years but also many thousands of miles. Starting as a modest emblem of spirituality and religion it has travelled from East to West, adorned aristocrats, bikers, hippies, cowboys and fashionistas. It has been an icon through the rock ‘n’ roll era and its recent revamp has seen the pattern back on the catwalk as part of Gucci, Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana collections.

     

    We’ve discovered eleven fascinating facts about the ornamental design:

    1. The original name of the design is ‘boteh’, meaning shrub in Persian. But as its existence evolved and became synonymous with India, the name became ‘buta’ translating as flower.
    2. The symbol emanates positive connotations as a Zoroastrian symbol of eternity and life.
    3. Originating in Persian culture, the modest motif is believed to have derived from the cypress tree which is often referred to as the tree of life, as it has provided copious communities with food, water, shelter and materials for weaving.
      (Cypress tree on a frieze at Persepolis)
    4. From as early as the 17th century in the most northern town of India, the boteh pattern was being woven into textiles made of Pashmina (a fine type of cashmere wool). Pašmina, meaning ‘made from wool’ in Persian came to be known as ‘cashmere’ in the West because Europeans first encountered this fibre in Kashmir.
    5. The town of Paisley in Scotland was a major producer of silk goods in the 18th and 19th century and quickly became the epicentre of European production of the pattern along with being the Anglo namesake. This began as the Napoleonic wars interrupted the importation of the shawls from India and Scottish manufacturing started to meet the growing demand. (Paisley Abbey - Scotland)
    6. Paisely can be seen as early as 1880 in the Liberty of London collection and was a favourite design of Arthur Lasenby Liberty.
    7. The Victorian Era saw the development of the pattern being wood block printed as well as weaved, further propelling paisleys popularity as it became available to the masses as manufacturing became cheaper.
      (Woodblock printing vs woven processes)
      Image credits: The Beckett BlogArty Crafty.
    8. The psychedelic pattern became intrinsically linked with the 60’s and 70’s being reintroduced in vibrant varying colours. Its popularity surged, being a favourable fabric of the Beatles and John Lennon even painted his Rolls Royce with a paisley design.
    9. The singer Prince paid tribute to the rock and roll history of paisley when he created the Paisley Park Records recording label and established Paisley Park Studios, both named after his 1985 song "Paisley Park".
    10. In the United States ‘Paisley’ is known among fabric designers as ‘Persian pickles’ or in the Welsh textile industry as ‘Welsh pears’.
    11. Through its roots in spirituality, art and free expression, Paisely has become strongly associated with Bohemianism, even being symbolic of the lifestyle.

    Take a look at the Paisley offerings in our latest collection >>

    If you would prefer to add a subtle touch of paisley in its historic form to your ensemble, explore our stunning scarves.

     

    Or for a showstopper wardrobe piece our Paisley jacket is certainly eye-catching and will beautifully finish any outfit.

     

    Our comfortable, soft paisley jumper is certainly the most versatile of all the pieces as it can be worn for both casual and occasion wear depending on how you pair it!

    Is the paisley pattern one of your favourites? What paisley pieces do you have in your wardrobe? Let us know in the comments below.

    The Art of Pleating

    As you look into your wardrobe, browse through an online catalogue or flip through items on a rail you may not know the intrinsic history of the piece you have selected. Each garment has its own unique story as involving individuals who have dedicated their lives to improve its existence.  For example the name origin of tweed derives from a misunderstanding of a London clerk transcribing the Scottish word ‘tweel’. Pleated fabric is among these items of interest as its process is as convoluted as its origin.

    The History:
    Pleats are a wardrobe staple whether in the form of a skirt, blouse, dress or scarf. In the UK there is an intrinsic link between Scottish kilts and pleats. However, the history of the design actually dates back to ancient Egypt.

    Before Anno Domini the Egyptians used the technique to decorate the ruler’s tunics and pieces were only created from natural fibers such as silk, cotton and wool. Pleating was made by hand and once the garment was washed the pleats disappeared, meaning the process had to be done all over again. Because of the time-consuming process and the luxurious materials used pleated clothing was a symbol of power and wealth.

    They remained an emblem of status into the Elizabethan Era, very much representative of the period; being seen in portraits of Queen Elizabeth and other nobles who were adorned in pleated collars known as a Ruff.

    The existence of pleats extends beyond the attire of royalty in Egypt and the UK. The fustanella, similar to the Scottish kilt, is a costume worn by the Greek National guard for military and ceremonial occasions. Its origins date back to 3rd century BC, evolving into its modern form from the later part of the Byzantine Empire. It is also theorised that the Albanians reintroduced the wear to the Greeks in the 14th century.

     

    The Now:
    Today our pleats remain in place wash after wash due to the modernisation of fabrics as well as the invention of heat treatments. The ‘Permanent pleat’ was developed after the second world war to exploit the thermoplastic nature of the newly invented nylon and polyesters. Pleating machines have also simplified the process and enabled mass production, although there are still many pleaters who create the molds and pleat by hand.

    The process:
    There are three main processes to creating pleats: hand, pattern and machine pleating.
    Each method enables different shapes to be created, as well as varying volumes, textures, colours and designs. Shades and patterns are wide-ranging from the way the material is manipulated, for example, when a piece of fabric is pleated it could become too striped, dark or light. This occurs as the pleating process highlights aspects of the pattern within the fabric which is why the material and process is carefully chosen to ensure the optimum result.

    Here at Cotswold Collections, many of our pieces tend to be designed with ‘fine pleats’ such as the accordion or sunray pleat. Although these designs require a large amount of cloth in their production the final piece is classic, elegant and provides wonderful movement when worn. Read on to discover the top seven popular pleat designs and see our current selection.

     

    Take a look at our current pleat offering from our Spring 2019 collection:

    Our check wool woven skirt is fantastic for summer or winter wear and a perfect example of the accordion pleat.

     

    For a more contemporary take on the sunray pleat, our Italian knit skirt is beautifully flattering and can be worn with the matching pointelle detailed polo top for a gorgeous outfit.

     

    Our fabulous satin crêpe pleated skirt adds a little fun to the classic graduated pleat with its pretty pastel blue and spot design.

     

    Similar to the graduate pleat, the bias pleat provides a lovely soft pleat which is wonderfully figure flattering and flaunts an elegant drape. Opt for either our delightful brushed cotton liberty print or our subtle striped floral skirt.

     

    Which pleat pattern is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.

    Fabric Feature: Tweed

    You would be hard pushed to find another fabric that has a more complex history than tweed. From its creation in Scotland in the 18th century, tweed has been a major class definer, a fashion staple through political upheaval and a statement piece in the modernisation of gender equality.

    Woven from pure wool, tweed is known for its insulating properties while also being weather resistant and hard-wearing. The cloth is usually woven in plain weave though there is a vast range including twill, herringbone and dogtooth, all of which produce varying flexibility, patterns and designs. Learn more about the process of making the fabric here.

    Its name tells a curious story of its own. The more popular theory is that the generic term originated from a misunderstanding of the Scottish word ‘tweel’ - the signature weave of the fabric - in 1826, when a London clerk accidentally transcribed the wrong last letter. Although it is also believed that it is named after the river Tweed.


    Here at Cotswold Collections we have incorporated some beautiful tweed pieces into this seasons range.
    The hardest part will be choosing which to buy!

    Our stunning double-breasted tailored jacket offers a classic look and rich colours. While our elegant brushed bouclé tweed jacket has more of a contemporary twist with its defined shaping and faux leather buttons.

     

    Perhaps a subtle hint of tweed is more your style. If so take a look at our practical and chic wax trim hat. Or accessorise with our gorgeous handbag, made in the famous Harris Tweed fabric.


    If you’re looking for a tweed wardrobe staple that you’re sure to wear time and time again, opt for our soft tailored tweed trousers that are fully lined to the knee and styled with diagonal hip pockets.

    Shop our tweed collection here >> 

    Has tweed stood the test of time in your wardrobe? Let us know in the comments.

    We have your Christmas styled

    The festive season is fast approaching and with it comes the dilemma of Christmas party outfits. Wouldn’t it be simple if someone kindly provided you with an elegant, but striking wardrobe go-to? Look no further than our luxurious and festive Devoré pieces. Incorporating this seasons ‘must-have’ fabric we have created fabulous wardrobe editions that will help you effortlessly add glamour this Christmas.

    The fabric is unique in its creation, as areas of the velvet are burnt away using acid to create a semi-transparent pattern. Read more about the intrinsic process and history of devoré here.

    For an everyday splash of the on-trend fabric, take a look at our devoré scarf. Handmade in England, our floral patterned berry silk scarf is simply beautiful and will add rich colour to your winter outfits.

    Shop our devoré scarf here >>

     

    Perfect for your festive occasions, our show-stopper eight-panel patterned devoré skirt is flattering and fully lined. We’re sure you’ll receive compliments galore in this Christmas essential, especially if matched with our stunning and superbly soft satin blouse.

    Shop our devoré patterned skirt here >>
    Shop our satin blouse here >>

     

    If you’re looking for bright, abstract patterns to warm up your winter wardrobe, then our devoré jersey skirt is an elegant addition. Its pull-on style and elastic waistband provide comfort, while its fully lined six-panels gracefully drape to accentuate a classic silhouette.

    Shop our devoré jersey skirt here >>

    Do you adore devoré? We’d love to hear which of our pieces are your favourites and if you’re already an enthusiast of the textured festive fabric.

    Fabric Feature: Boiled Wool

    There is much more to this refined fabric than meets the eye! Discover how boiled wool is made and why you should be investing in it this season.

    Why should you invest in boiled wool? Boiled wool is a more refined fabric that doesn't have the itchiness that is typically associated with wool and is warmer yet breathable, making it suitable for the changeable weather. The softness and comfort it provides are just some of the reasons why this stunning jacket makes the perfect layering piece: cut in a new shape, it is made from pure virgin wool and will take you from season to season.

    Wool is a wonder fibre! It's sustainable, biodegradable, insulating and breathable, making it the perfect fibre for transitional outerwear. For centuries boiled wool has been favoured for its superior properties. The process of creating boiled wool is similar to creating felt which was known as felting or fulling. Since the Middle Ages, we have records of boiled wool manufacture when it was referred to as 'feltaz' a Germanic word for felt. This beautiful illumination from a medieval manuscript depicts a woman weaving the wool before boiling.

    So how is it made? Boiled wool is made by knitting the woollen fibres together and it is then placed in vats of hot, not necessarily boiling, water. In the past, the fabric would be stirred by hand and then by mills but today giant machines, similar to domestic washing machines, spin round mechanically, agitating the fibres. It is the combination of movement and heat that causes the barbs on the wool fibres to lock together and become more dense and felt-like. This process utilises the natural properties of wool to produce a more resilient fabric.

    This process creates a fabric that is warmer, more durable, windproof and water-resistant, as the fibres are tighter and more compact. Dying the fabric can be done before or after the felting process. The fabric is surprisingly warm considering it is not as bulky as its unboiled counterparts, which is why it is chosen for sophisticated outerwear as you can create pieces that are flattering with all the benefits of wool.

    The result is your cool weather staple that is timeless and versatile. In a soft brushed boiled wool fabric, this jacket is fully lined and styled with raglan sleeves, gentle waist shaping in the seams, a neat collar and in-seam pockets. Take a look here >

     

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    Activewear: the science behind our designs

    Activewear is having a moment in the spotlight. Every store seems to sell an item of leisurewear, with the athleisure (wearing a combination of sportswear and smart clothing) trend growing by the season. This trend is encouraging more people to become fit and healthy, which is wonderful but it can be difficult to decide where and what to buy.

    Spring is the perfect opportunity to invest in leisurewear and with our new activewear range, we have plenty to choose from. 'Invest' really is the key word here. You wouldn't buy poor-fitting shoes or a flimsy coat so why treat your leisurewear in the same way? If you buy poorly made goods, they will impede your performance and enjoyment of your activity, whether that's because they are too tight, too loose, rub or wear thin after a few uses.

    That's where our activewear range shines. Specially designed for optimum performance, our activewear pieces are made from a technical fabric that wicks moisture away from the body, is quick drying and is odour-neutralising, so it stays fresher for longer. Not only that but the high-quality fibres are durable and allow for ease of movement.

    Our activewear is designed with you in mind, with a considered fit for the mature figure, including high-waisted trousers, elastication and flattering panels. We worked with our in-house fit model to design the correct proportions and fit for optimum comfort, so you can look and feel your best.

    Our panelled top features flattering side panels and a v-neckline. The matching trousers are pull-on with a fully elasticated waistband, a useful back zip pocket and piped contrast side panels. Both are made in a soft, durable fabric that wicks moisture away from the body, dries quickly and is odour-neutralising.

    A superb performance zipped top equipped with all the essential qualities for healthy exercise. The fabric wicks moisture away from the body, dries quickly and has odour control. This smart top features a warm collar with a zip front neckline, raglan sleeves, useful in-seam zip pockets and contrast panels with piping.

    A superb ultra-lightweight gilet with high performance interlining, giving the heat insulation of real down but offering rapid drying and breathability, as well as wind and rain-resistance. Featuring a honeycomb print and hexagonal stitching, this gilet is styled with a warm collar, a zipped front fastening, zipped pockets and stretch panels at the side.

     

    Our activewear pieces will take you anywhere. From figure-flattering side panels on the tops to useful pockets on the outer layers and trousers, every part has been carefully designed for optimum performance and functionality, so you can exercise with confidence!

     

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    The Print of the Season: Botanical Prints

    This spring season botanical prints can be found in abundance. A glorious nod towards the symbolic renewal that spring brings with it, these prints will breath new life into your wardrobe and they are not just for the statement seekers. We will show you how to add this flattering motif into your existing outfits effortlessly.

    This gorgeous print of garden flowers makes a beautiful skirt and matching scarf. Pair with a plain navy top, like this V-neck T-shirt so that your ensemble isn't overly busy. The subtle colour palette can be worn on a number of different occasions.

    Flattering and stylish, this blouse has a print of tropical leaves that have the graduated colouring of a pretty watercolour painting. Ideal to add interest to your outfits or you can wear with our cord trousers that highlight the purple hues on the blouse.

    A firm customer favourite, this best-selling style is back with a stunning new design of block-print leaves and an improved fit. Discover why this dress is so popular by ordering it here >

    A unique printed jumper that features a striking leaf print. This special piece is made from cotton and wool which makes it perfect for spring. With three-quarter sleeves and a crewneck, it is versatile and statement-making, so you'll want to wear it every day.

    This delightful leaf print jersey top is an elegant solution to introducing the print of the season into your outfit. In a pure cotton fabric, this easy to wear jersey top offers a sophisticated option for the coming months.

    Featuring a vibrant tropical print, this stunning scarf is designed to co-ordinate with the matching skirt (there is also a blouse in the same print. Click here to view >) and would look great worn together or you can team them with your existing wardrobe pieces to add a touch of spring vibrancy to your ensemble.

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    Fabric Feature: Tapestry

    Tapestry, jacquard, brocade; whatever form it takes these beautiful fabrics are very on-trend and can instantly elevate an outfit. We're focussing on tapestry, delving into its fascinating past, and the stunning jacket we've created for our Christmas collection.

    Tapestries have a rich cultural past, with one of the earliest fragments dating back thousands of years. It was a Greek tapestry that was discovered in China, illustrating their early status as tradable commodities.

    The word 'tapestry' immediately brings to mind the elaborate and intricate medieval tapestries. These were a portable show of wealth and extravagance as they could be moved from one residence to another and were also used to insulate draughty castles in the winter.

    During the 14th and 15th centuries, tapestry continues to be a luxury fabric, affordable to only the very wealthiest merchants and royalty.  Tapestry production moves on from wall-hangings and opulent rooms are furnished with damask and brocade. Arras, in France, becomes the centre of tapestry production and is synonymous with the word tapestry. So much so that the words are interchangeable and featured in Shakespeare's play 'Hamlet'. In Act 4, Scene 1, Queen Gertrude describes Hamlet's slaughter of Polonius:

    "Mad as the sea and wind, when both contend
    Which is the mightier: in his lawless fit,
    Behind the arras hearing something stir,
    Whips out his rapier, cries, 'A rat, a rat!'
    And, in this brainish apprehension, kills
    The unseen good old man."

    Sadly, many amazing tapestries were destroyed during the French Revolution, as they were burnt to retrieve the gold thread woven in them.

    The invention of the jacquard loom in 19th-century revolutionised production. Jacquard tapestries suddenly became very affordable and as a result, popular. William Morris, who lived in the Cotswolds, re-imagined medieval tapestries and popularised them with the help of Edward Burne-Jones.

    Tapestry continues to remain a fashion staple, enjoying a resurgence in shoes, bags and of course, jackets, where it adds a luxury feel. The New York Times describes jacquard tapestry as "a fabric synonymous with richness and depth", which succinctly describes this beautiful fabric and its fascinating past. Susan Iverson, a textile professor, articulates our feelings on this fabric: "I loved the substantial quality of a tapestry woven with heavy threads, its object quality." It's true - few fabrics evoke the feeling of luxury, heavy with craftsmanship and a storied past.

    Take a look at our gorgeous Jacquard tapestry jacket, tailored in London from beautiful cloth woven in Spain. Featuring a gorgeous floral tapestry jacquard design, with plenty of detailing, such as a flattering V-neckline, pockets with flaps and tonal button fastening. This jacket also has a full lining and with its seasonal and versatile hues, it is easy to wear and adds instant glamour to an outfit. Wear with a smart pair of trousers or block-colour skirt or dress. Keep rest of outfit plain to really showcase this beautiful jacket. This is a truly special piece that is soft and comfortable, in flattering colours. This timeless fabric meets modern tailoring for an elegant jacket that can be worn at any occasion.

     

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    Celebrating Wool Week in Colour

    To celebrate Wool Week, we're featuring pure wool garments that are bright, cheerful and guaranteed to lift any dreary winter day.

    What is the Campaign for Wool? "It is a global community of sheep farmers, retailers, designers, manufacturers and consumers united by their patron His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. It aims to educate as many people as possible about the incredible benefits and versatility of wool in fashion, furnishings and everyday life. This, in turn, supports many small businesses and local farmers whose livelihoods depend on the wool industry."

    Why is wool important? "Wool is a natural fibre. It has evolved to produce a fabric that has become one of the most effective natural forms of all-weather protection known to man. Every year sheep produce a new fleece, making wool a renewable fibre source. Woolgrowers actively work to improve efficiency and care for natural resources, endeavouring to make the wool industry sustainable for future generations."

    Wool is close to our heart as it's part of the heritage behind our brand, the medieval wool trade being the primary industry in the Cotswolds, and it also features heavily in our collections as we believe this natural fibre provides superior warmth, durability and comfort. Take a look at our beautiful pure wool garments:

    This exquisite leaf print scarf is made from pure wool and is printed on the shores of Lake Como. Make a statement with this striking finishing piece!

    Made from pure lambswool, this stylish cable cardigan is a customer favourite. Featuring shell buttons and useful patch pockets, this is a winter classic.

    Featuring a stunning embellished neckline of delicate sequins and beads, this jumper is made from extrafine merino wool and will elevate any outfit!

     

    In striking topaz blue, this textured lamsbwool cardigan features pretty leaf-shaped pointelle detailing on the front panels and shell buttons for sophisticated detailing.

     

    This super-soft lambswool jumper is incredibly insulating and with its classic design and lovely shade of marmalade, it makes a versatile and stylish addition to your wardrobe.

     

    This stunning outfit features an exclusive Binda print skirt, made from pure wool and a cashmere-blend textured jumper, both in rich shades of hyacinth blue to add colour to your ensemble.

     

    Chic and comfortable, this Milano knit jacket is made from pure merino wool and features beautiful buttons and tubular trims.

     

    Look pretty in pink with our cable cardigan and exclusive Binda print skirt, both made from pure wool. Guaranteed to brighten your day!

    Made from pure lambswool, this vibrant V-neck cardigan has been specially designed in a longer length for superior comfort and warmth.

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