Merchant Archive AW18

January 2, 2019

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Merchant Archives AW18 


The Merchant Archive AW18 collection centres around a blanket, found on the last page of a children’s book Sophie Merchant reads to her one year old daughter each night.  The Paper Dolls, by Julia Donaldson.

This is a lead on from the Pre-Collection, which is inspired by the book.

A patchwork blanket is the starting point for this collection. Colours imagined in hues created with the help of the passage of time. The loving hands of a kindly grandmother.

These muted tones are interspersed with inspired punches interjected from a 1930s crochet cushion found in a market in Somerset.

Knitwear is reintroduced this season in cashmere blends, using four knit stitches to create a patchwork with arun references.

Print in this collection speaks of the journey the paper dolls take in the book, a landscape painting in colours of the collection.  The childlike reference is introduced through print in the form of a dab dot painterly spot as if created by a child hand.

This collection considers the naivety of the start of life and the wisdom of later years. The extraordinary connection between the two.

Shapes as ever are both full and fluid with refined historical references. From the archive.