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Over the past two years it's seemed as if Pringle of Scotland has been on a never-ending project of transformation, from 196-year-old Scottish heritage brand to relevant and fashion-forward knitwear favorite, beginning with the adoption of Tilda Swinton as face of the line in 2009, not to mention the appointment of former Balenciaga designer Alistair Carr as design director earlier this year. This week the label has launched the Archive Collection, a capsule collection in collaboration with Central Saint Martins MA Fashion students which sees the students revisit the depths of the company's archives in an attempt to create a modern update on the company's cashmere knits and prints.
In total 12 pieces were created by five design students under the supervision of course director Prof Louise Wilson as well as knitwear experts from the company. The collection features many of the hallmarks of Pringle's traditional style, including cashmere twinsets, the company's signature lion motif and lots of bright patchwork argyles - but, of course, with a far more refreshing and modern slant. The idea for a collaborative collection came after students in the BA Fashion History and Theory program were invited to catalogue the company's extensive archives at a Day of Record at Pringle's Scottish headquarters last August. As many Central Saint Martins design grads go on to very high places in the fashion industry, it'll be interesting to see where the five students involved in this project - Viktor Smedinge, William Hendry, Estefania Cortes, Timur Kim and Yeori Bae - will land once they've graduated.
Prices for the Archive Collection start at £275 and the collection is available online now, as well as at a pop-up shop at Saks Fifth Avenue from the 2nd to the 15th of September. — Ana Kinsella
— The Archive Collection [Official Site]