Harrys of London
As with any modern European brand, contemporary shoe and accessory designs are advanced by technology and innovation. What sets Harrys of London apart is it’s innovative incorporation of fabric technology that enhances their products comfort, quality and performance. With previous collaborations with Vibram, the well-established Italian manufacture of rubber outsoles, Harrys of London is celebrating Spring/Summer 2018 with a collaboration with Technogel. By the same people who designed the anatomic contoured pillows and seat pads, this particular range of shoes is designed to provide supreme cushioning with an innersole that will remember every dimension of your feet. The technology itself is, of course, discreet and invisible. And should you prefer, you can purchase the innersoles by themselves for £35 (which will make you feel more at ease for those 9am lecture walks!) on the official website, with additional styles over at Mr Porter.
Having had her previous collection described by Vogue as ‘action-ready’, English is a leading designer in wearable and unobtrusive clothing. In other words, her designs can be described as modest and utilitarian. English’s presentations quite literally convey the same idea – last season had her models doing the housework quite literally by dusting the presentation floors. This season, English transformed her presentation space into a pottery class with the models shaping clay in relaxed cotton joggers and mandarin collar shirts. And as a reflection of functionality, the colour palette ranges from off-whites, muted greens and French blues. Even though English’s designs may not be the first thing to catch our attention, we can imagine them being quite practical, for those long hours at the library, and definitely comfortable.
London-based, Leicester-born, Central Saint Martins graduate, Nigel Cabourn trained, is young designer Nicolas Daley. Upon showing his graduate collection, which was not fuelled to satisfy the masses’ definition of crazy and experimental, his designs were quickly picked up by Japanese buyers. The Japanese market remains to be one of his largest, with the appreciation of British fabrics and craftsmanship. Daley cites his intrinsic multicultural background as his influence. With thanks to his Jamaican Father and Scottish Mother, Daley has no doubt had a very diverse upbringing and many of his collections reflect on his travels. Unique pieces from his Spring Summer 2018 collection are those that explore both his Jamaican and Scottish heritage, such as the tartan explorer jackets and bespoke, updated Kilts.
Text by Jocelyn Yih
Picture research by Donna Darafshian; featured image from Pinterest.