This year we were lucky enough to work with a very promising CSM MA student called Andrew Totah. We produced a series of embroideries for him which feature in his final collection which are so vibrant and exciting, we couldn’t wait to share them with you.
Andrew Totah’s collection is based on his travels through South Africa and features a wonderfully vibrant colour palette which reflects the culture. Andrew’s collection is very much about telling a story through his designs so his girls are superheroes of a kind who modify their clothes and empower themselves by take back control of their city in the night.
We produced a series of heavily machine embroidered patches to compliment his collection, all of which were his own graphic designs. Most of the embroideries are raised from the surface of the fabric, that combined with the punchiness of the colours makes a strong impression.
To see more about the collection and the inspiration behind the designs, as well as the embroidery on the garments shown in the show at the end then have a watch of the video below.
Today marks the first day of trading of the new Hawthorne & Heaney shop which can be accessed through the top right hand corner of our site. We will be selling stock items from old squadrons, universities and associations. These items include blazer badges, cap badges, tie pins, cufflinks, plaques, buttons and much more.
If there is anything you would like that you can not see, please get in contact as we will be building the stock and are very open to suggestions. We will advance into other military accoutrements and military regalia so stay posted for updates. Please enjoy these examples of the items we currently have in stock and have a browse of our new site.
Looking at AW15 London Collections: Men it is clear that texture is a key theme for the season, being keenly explored through fur, wools, brocades and more. At Hawthorne & Heaney what has really caught our eye is the use of embroidery in menswear. It can sometimes be a hard balance to strike, with an area that is so closely associated with femininity but there were some well integrated pieces that go to show that embroidery for menswear can be just as beautiful.
Antonio Bizarro and James Long took more of an appliqué approach to their embroidery with Bizarro applying large areas of intricately patterned brocade to his jacket using a contrasting satin stitch edge. James Long provided a touch of androgyny to his collection using chunky guipure inspired lace motifs to offset the sportswear cuts.
There was also an abundance of pop details such as these embroidered badges which were seen at both Kit Neale and Topman. This slots cleanly in with the customisation trend that has been dominating our catwalks and long may it continue.