>> Some of you may have seen that I've started to pen a column for the much-respected (and rightly so),the Business of Fashion entitled Bubble and Speak (geddit, geddit?)  I'm not sure who to credit for that bit of clever punnery but it makes for a catchy title for a column about introducing young designers.  For my first bit of Bubble and Speaking, I talked up the knitwear duo Leutton Postle aka Jenny Postle and Sam Leutton, who caught my attention ever since Jenny Postle's Central Saint Martins graduate MA collection in 2011.   

During the summer, whilst the duo were working on their S/S 13 collection, which they showed as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout in September's London Fashion Week, I went to visit their wonderful cavernous studio.  It was a hive of knit trick activity.  I've stored up all these photos of a real work in progress, which don't necessarily relate to the final S/S 13 collection that was shown.  Ideas get scrapped.  Decisions change.  Directions can swerve in the course of the build-up to the final collection.  However, these pics do show that Leutton and Postle are constantly experimenting with a combination of hand and machine knit techniques, incorporating different yarns together as well as materials.  When I went to visit, they were fixated by hammer beads, the sort that you meld together into different formations when you're a kid.  A lot of these experimental samples didn't make it into the final collection.  It's hardly a wasted effort though.  What didn't work this time round is kept in Leutton and Postle's big basket of sample squares and could potentially be bought out for future collections.  The sketches shown here were also initial ideas for S/S 13 that were then scrapped.  To me they look like fertile ideas to pursue later down the line.  Leutton Postle are evidently in the fortunate position of having excessive creative output, which they can then edit down when it comes to the final collection.   

They even had time to knit a wonderful baby blanket in anticipation of the birth of Mary Portas and Melanie Rickey's baby (Rickey gave birth in September).  Read the full article on Business of Fashion to find out more about this knitwear duo.  Suffice to say, I believe them when they say there's so much more experimentation to come.  

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Comments (16)

  1. malu says:

    Lovely pics :)
    xx
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  2. Angela says:

    Awesome post!

  3. Sarah-M. says:

    This looks so interesting.
    I love the colours!

  4. jennifer_nelson92@hotmail.com says:

    Whats the name of that sparkly yarn? I’ve been dying to use it but don’t know where to get it/what its called!

  5. susie_bubble says:

    It’s a lurex. You should be able to find it in haberdasheries/knitting shops.

  6. zee says:

    are those perler beads i see? lol i just bought a pack and i’m going insane making stuff, just bows though, I’ve never seen them incorporated as actual beads before; clever idea

  7. kat says:

    I thnk those are Ikea Pyssla beads, lol, like for kids! will they melt though if u wash the stuff? lol, lol!

  8. vicki says:

    oh wow that are amazing patterns!! xx

  9. What fun pieces! I especially love the sketches. Thanks for sharing.
    Love, Jamie Herzlinger

  10. Handbags says:

    Great work. A nice colourful post.

  11. Samantha says:

    These looks like digital clothing pixels and grooves.

  12. The Provoker says:

    I saw this on BoF, really great piece on Leutton Postle. I remember seeing this collection at VFS super early in the morning and assumed it wasn’t gonna be a great show considering they were serving alcohol that early and there were no seats and the lack of professional cameramen, but damn the show had great pieces and strong separates, even though the models took a while to change, they were strong and the clothes definitely spoke for themselves #statement. Btw, I recently did a giveaway featuring an authentic Maison Martin Margiela piece, NOT a Margiela for H&M!
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  13. Very cool patterns!! I loved all the process!!
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  14. Tara says:

    Such bold and eclectic prints – I can’t quite believe that something so ambitious, yet very grounded, smart and professional, has come from a duo who’s graduate collection only premiered last year.
    “Much more experimentation to come” – I certainly hope so.
    Best Wishes,
    Tara

  15. Lady Vintage says:

    It’s my paradise! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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