UK-based British design studio, Wallace Sewell, has collaborated with fashion designer Justine Tabak on a small range of Fair Isle jumpers. Taking its name from the tiny island between Orkney and Shetland, where it originated, the quintessentially British 'Fair Isle' type of knit pattern is a classic of British design, celebrated by both companies.
Justine’s design was for a soft relaxed jumper, knitted in the round with a rolled neckline. Wallace Sewell designed the pattern for the jumpers based on woven motifs from their own work. The jumpers come in two modern colourways - pairs of colours that play off each other due to the contrast in their hue - and are knitted in Shetland yarn from JC Rennie, an Aberdeenshire-based yarn spinners who are celebrating 221 years.
The jumpers are available from Wallace Sewell’s online store along with the company’s selection of homewares. Combining innovation with practical solutions, Wallace Sewell are known for their use of colour, structure and yarn in surprising geometric formats. Inspired by paintings, they create individual contemporary fabrics with strikingly bold, asymmetric blocks and stripes of varying scales, which bring together a plethora of elements within one piece.
Justine Tabak's grandfather was an East End tailor and after graduating from the Royal College of Art, where she studied Fashion and Textiles, her career has included Italian catwalks and the commercial British High Street. Her own label clothes are inspired by, fashioned and made in the British Isles. Made entirely in the UK, Justine sources British fabrics where possible and produces via small local manufacturers. Her designs are simple and easy to wear, often inspired by vintage finds but with the ease of modern cut, shape and fabric. In keeping with the British weather, clothes are trans seasonal and introduced across the year to be layered.