John Smedley AW14-1

A technicolour adventure to New York, Amsterdam and the mountains of Tyrol unfolded at luxury knitwear label John Smedley’s London Collection: Men’s showcase this week. Dubbed ‘The Journey’ and inspired by the well-thumbed pages of family photo albums dating back to the 1930s, the collection offers an international, contemporary twist on quality homespun knits. With over two centuries of heritage and a family-owned mill in Derbyshire, John Smedley balances its British identity with a global outlook, moving high quality yarns in fresh and innovative directions.

John Smedley AW14-2

Taking its cue from ski, cycle and city breaks across the decades, the range marries optimum comfort with utilitarian functionality, punctuated by retro sports accents: slope-worthy roll-necks, contrasting geometric patterns, classic European polo shirts and baby-soft cashmere tracksuits. A unifying palette of plums, forest greens and reds keeps things richly autumnal. Accompanying the collection is a rainbow of block colour scarves, Ultimate Travel Sets featuring decadent loungewear and accessories, alongside bag and blanket duos spun from Merino Extra Fine Wool.

John Smedley AW14-3

Words: Mary-Jane Wiltsher
Images: Hannah Kane

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