Here at Topshop HQ, we’ve been long time supporters of the amazing talent that comes from British turf. Although it’s not just the amazing creatives that are born and bred here, but the beautiful wares that are created solely and sustainably on our little island. So, when our ever-experimental design team came across British heritage tweed studio Dashing Tweeds, they knew they had to collaborate!
Founded by textiles designer Kirsty McDougall and photographer (and suit-obsessed!) Guy Hills, Dashing Tweeds is a textile company with a difference. Using all the best British mills and workshops Dashing Tweeds have collaborated with some of the biggest names in fashion – Henry Holland, Holly Fulton, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford (must we go on?) – to create vibrant, diverse and modern weaves for the slickest of suits.
For their collaboration with Topshop they created two full suits in slim cut blazers and ankle swinging cigarette trousers in a rich berry or navy blue zig zag weave.
We managed to grab five minutes with Topshop Designer Rachel McColloch to ask how the collaboration came together.
How did working with Dashing Tweeds come about?
We wanted to set up a project which specifically championed the amazing skills and talents we have here in Britain. We have such a vast heritage of British cloth manufacture and garment production and we wanted to create a small collection that celebrated that fact. We had heard about an amazing bespoke British mill called Dashing Tweeds which created really unique, exciting tweeds and so were desperate to work directly with this very cool, up and coming British Mill and all of their amazing cloths.
What was it about Dashing Tweed that stood out from other tweed makers?
The colours and patterns they use are really brave and totally unlike anything else we have come across.
What was the process like?
We were able to meet them and be shown a selection of their cloths and tweed designs. It was so inspiring, we ordered some sampling lengths immediately so that we could get them made up in our own pattern room here at Topshop.
What was the inspiration behind the collection?
I have been feeling inspired by the very masculine tailoring aesthetic coming through at the moment and loved the idea of a boyish jacket shape worn with slimming cigarette pants. This simple, directional silhouette teamed with these stand out cloths makes a great statement whilst being very premium. The suits have all been made here in the UK as well as having British woven cloth and we are really proud of that fact.
Do you have a particular favourite piece?
I like the blue and black zig zag suit jacket. I think this will be a piece that I will wear and love for years to come, it looks cool as a suit but would also be amazing dressed down with a cool t-shirt and mini skirt.