ESPRIT has announced its second collaboration with the Royal College of Art London.
Called the Esprit RCA Limited Edition, the collection celebrates creativity and style. It also gives a nod to the brand’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.
Postgraduate design students were challenged to create an innovative collection of must-have garments and designers were also tasked to consider a unique approach to sustainability, tapping into the zeitgeist of their generation, whilst answering the question: “Can fashion be sustainable?”
“The final results turned out fantastic,” says Jasmin Elfving, head of design trend at Esprit.
“It is essential for companies like Esprit to encourage emerging talent. It not only supports the graduates but they bring in a fresh approach to fashion and new ways of thinking that keep companies strong and up-to-date.”
Ryan Mercer’s abstract prints take inspiration from paint residue left behind in an artist’s studio, resulting in contemporary yet beautiful patterns that transform simple pieces.
“I wanted to make things that people will fall in love with and treasure,” says Mercer “Something that has a life beyond one or two seasons”.
Knitwear designer Julia Mackenroth re-worked traditional aran patterns and textures into modern hand-made knits.
“I really enjoy knitting and working with my hands,” says Macenroth, commenting on the handcrafted element of her designs.