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Alistair Carr Plans to Launch Pringle Handbags and Shoes, Says: "I Don't Want to do a Heritage Line"

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Back in 2002-2003, we spent the entire school year following Alistair Carr around Central Saint Martins for a shadowing project we'd been assigned in our first year on the MA Fashion program there. He's one of the best people ever, we love him and one day we'll digitize all those photos we took and publish them (with his permission, of course, maybe). Anyway, we're excited to see Carr getting so much attention at his new post as design director at Pringle of Scotland. WWD features an interview with him today:

“I won’t be doing rustic, woolly grandma knits, but very beautiful clothes that women want to wear. I want them to buy into the brand. I’ll be bringing back color, and playing with the argyle and the twinset — but not in the obvious ways,” he said.

Carr said Pringle’s heritage will play an important but limited role: “I plan to go through the archives in Scotland, and I think it’s important to respect Pringle’s heritage, but I don’t want to ‘do’ a heritage line.”

There are also plans to launch accessories—including shoes and handbags—in the near future. This is excellent news because Carr was previously head designer at Balenciaga, and worked at Marni, Cacharel, and Chloe—and all those fashion houses have killer accessories, so we can just imagine what he has in mind for Pringle.
· Pringle aims for update [WWD]