More tailored silhouettes with military, motorbike and rebellion themes influence next season’s ranges.
- Emanuel Mendes, Graphic designer
Design The collection is led by design, tailoring and the use of premium fabrics to create versatile, stylish and uniquely urban pieces. Developing the brand’s biker heritage with a focus on denim, autumn 13 also sees statement jackets in innovative quilts and more tailored versions of the heritage jean style.
Colours A military-inspired palette and classic rustic hues next to pop colour blocking feature across the collection. Colour-washed graphics and textured standout branding contribute to a versatile and recognisably wearable colour range.
Fabrics Key fabric collection elements include a premium, tailored approach to classic 883 Police pieces with an emphasis on quality fitted fabrics. Statement jackets feature bespoke fisherman-inspired quilting and versatile detachable sleeve innovations.
Silhouettes An increasingly fitted and more tailored silhouette, with cleaner, closer-fit styles, is seen across the collection, without compromising the brand’s unique detailing and rugged styling.
Prices They’ve remained similar.
- Richard Bacon, Designer
Design The design inspiration is really about what feels right at the time. We put things together that we would wear ourselves, and in some ways we try not to break the mould too much or try to be ground breaking. We appreciate ‘streetwear’ and where it comes from, and we want Known to be part of it.
Colours Apart from the key players of blacks, whites and greys, the palette is about a few accent colours each season, and this season it’s about maroon, Tiffany blue and navy.
Fabrics Our tees are premium bespoke 100% combed cotton jersey, sweats 80/20 cotton/poly blend. Moving deeper into 2013 we’ll be much more experimental with the fabrics we use on our five-panel caps. We’re starting off using melton wool and suede to continue the premium feel.
Silhouettes We’ve continued to keep the silhouettes simple and clean cut, focusing on the true aesthetics of streetwear, with added details concentrating on fabrics and prints.
Prices There is no plan to change our prices in the near future.
PEARLY KING JEANS
- Emil Veinedotter, Creative director
Design Pearly King Jeans was founded on the idea of creating a collection that embodied defiance and rebellion, so what better inspiration than 1963 film The Great Escape? It is a perfect blend of military and motorcycle influences. The collection features mixes of camouflage prints and black waxed denim, distressed chambray and antiqued leather. Pearly King Jeans’ biggest strength has always been our denims. It’s a melting pot of denim-based talent and experience, so naturally the jeans selection and denim shirts are always big sellers.
Colours The palette is muted tones such as khakis, burnt orange and camel.
Fabrics Our priority was for the fabrics to stay true to the theme of The Great Escape. Mixing waxed cottons with antiqued leather and heavily laundered corduroy with chambray, we wanted to create very robust and masculine pieces. The trims use hand-painted and distressed metal buttons and rivets.
Silhouettes Our biggest fit right now is Jagger Slim, but the time has come where the customer is moving away from a novel ‘skinny’ fit to a more tailored-looking slim fit. We take pride in our pattern department as we are one of the few remaining jean companies that still develops patterns by hand rather than a plotting machine.
Prices We plan to keep our range value for money and our prices low.
DUCK AND COVER
- Robert Beirne, Senior designer
Design Function and multi-function are at the heart of our design ethos. Our reversible sweats and jackets offer the choice of statement pattern or a subdued technical piece in the same garment. The key inspiration points are military surplus meets contemporary streetwear.
Colours Asphalt grey, deep navy and darkest olive punctuated by electric blue, vivid orange and hazard yellow.
Fabrics Soft-shell sweats and colour-coated technical finishes on outerwear. Mixing textures, ribs and structures on knits is a key focal point. Herringbone is used throughout the range.
Silhouettes The reversible flight jacket, utility donkey coat and the parka/duffle hybrid reflect the Duck and Cover design spirit. More dark washes on tapered denims.
Prices Broadly unchanged.
- Will Rigg, Creative director
Design We are combining a variety of themes from vintage skate punk/surf punk/biker culture and mixing it up with technical functionality. Pattern and colour from those themes play a very important part in giving the feel and vibrancy of those influences. We’re seeing customers becoming more adventurous in their approach to colour and pattern and a desire for a feeling of excitement and fun while seeking quality, functionality and identity. We try to cover all these points.
Colours Rust, indigo, mustard, red, olive and burnt orange.
Fabrics Technical outers with a natural feel; yarn-dyed wovens with bleached finishes; heavily textured wools; slubs; tie-dyes; and sublimation prints. Fabrics are functional with a natural feeling of a worn, lived-in look.
Silhouettes Slim, slightly longer silhouettes for autumn 13 give a flattering look but retain functionality of movement.
Prices We changed our price architecture for spring 13, lowering the key price points, making the brand more
accessible. We’ve continued this strategy for autumn 13, the first time we’ve been able to offer areas such as winter outerwear at improved prices.
- Sarah Mellor, Head designer
Design The inspiration for autumn 13 was the terrace casuals culture, with mod and music influences. We also looked at classic British sub-culture movies such as Quadrophenia and A Clockwork Orange. Film and music references can be seen in the printed tees.
Colours The emphasis is on cool tones of blue. Storm is a mid-tone greyed off-blue used on sweats and tees; marine blue is brighter, sharp and clean; chemical blue and inter blue all sit alongside navy. Rich and saturated reds are in the collection. A key colour is watermelon, a red-based tone of coral pink.
Fabrics Protective fabrics with compact and dense weaves add a clean, crisp line to the range. Linings are with texture to add warmth along with interesting and unique labels synonymous to Weekend Offender. Fleece is 100% cotton and has knitted-in stripes and texture.
Silhouettes Clean, sharp and functional.
Prices Competitive without compromising on design and quality.