Throughout its 200-year history Pringle has proven that knitwear is not just for winter. Originally hosiery was the company’s speciality, outerwear and the brand’s famous cashmere twinsets came much later. But with the technical knowledge and expertise to work with all types of yarn and gauge, Pringle pioneered knitwear for all seasons and weathers.
Spring/Summer ‘18 is a celebration of the beauty and versatility of yarn, sweeping across the spectrum of knitwear from the artisanal to the highly-technical. The looks are laid-back, effortless, feeling at home as part of a natural summer conversation. This is knitwear for balmy days rather than cosy nights.
The collection’s rustic textures were inspired by ‘kishie’ – baskets woven from straw or field- rush, originated on the Shetland Islands. Hand-knitted pieces use raw silk and a drop stitch to create the rugged, twisted texture of the baskets.
At the other end of the scale are contemporary, featherweight pieces, almost other-worldly in their translucent delicacy. Pushing the boundaries of how we see and engage with knitwear, these pieces use fine gauge celluloid yarn in candy and citrus tones for a thoroughly modern update to classic silhouettes.
Reinterpretation of Pringle’s beloved Scottish heritage remains at the heart of the design philosophy. This season it’s Scotland’s sweeping landscapes shot by Harley Weir rendered in abstract form, that feature digitally-printed onto intarsia argyle and superfine knits.
We go to the Shetlands for our styling story. Betty Mouat was born in 1825 and earned her living by knitting. In 1886 Betty took her wares on board the Columbine coastal boat for the 25-mile trip up Shetland’s eastern seaboard. The weather turned bad, the skipper was lost overboard and the crew lost touch with the Columbine. Betty drifted alone in the boat for 9 days before running aground off the coast of Norway, with all her knitting still intact. The collection’s impeccably crafted yet organic, unfinished style is a tribute to Betty’s ‘shipwrecked’ stoicism.
Fran Stringer, Womenswear Design Director:
“Pringle’s history is testament to the breadth and versatility of knitting and yarn. As the company evolved through different manufacturing techniques it pioneered new interpretations of traditional fabrics – always pushing the boundaries of what knitwear represents to those who wear it. Today, knitwear is no longer just for keeping warm and cosy, it’s an integral part of women’s lives and wardrobes all year round. As always, we match our enthusiasm for exploring the possibilities of yarn with our passion for Scottish storytelling and a celebration of our heritage. For us, Pringle’s legacy as both craftsman and innovator will always be the driving force for new collections.”