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Renée Bedell: new English fashion talent celebrates the Indigo tradition

Kingston University graduate celebrates the ancient craft of Indigo and tailoring in her Autumn 2014 collection “On Indigo”.

Renée Bedell, recent menswear fashion graduate had her graduate collection snapped up by London-based concept store LN-CC, as prominent “new talent”. More than lucky, a matter of acknowledged talent and more: focused in denim directed to menswear tailoring.

Her A/W 14 collection takes inspiration from two seemingly different craft traditions, firstly the ancient craft of indigo in China, and secondly the craft of tailoring – both of which reflects part of her own identity. Immaculate suit jackets, slouchy trousers and elongated shirts are crafted from a stunning selection of tribal fabrics that are between 30 and 80 years old, each piece was made on hand looms in narrow pieces that are stitched together. The fabrics feature patterns symbolizing migration, stories and ancestry marked in batik and hand dyed in natural Indigo ink, as has our “Etnotech” trend. These stories, that tells a little about Renée Bedell’s origin, echo throughout the rest of her collection also; in laser cut suede and denims.