Every layered cake needs a cherry on top, and I felt our FW16 collection was missing that cherry. I was wrapping up design for FW16 and wanted to work on a shearling piece, but that’s not something we could produce at the highest level in small quantities, so my team and I started looking for a U.S.-based brand specializing in sheepskin. After a bit of research, Cockpit USA became the obvious choice.
We reached out and they were very responsive from the get-go. That was the start of what was, in my opinion, the most balanced design process I’ve been involved in. I came up with the idea of building a more fitted shearling jacket based on one of their classic women pieces, Cockpit USA founder Jacky Clyman understood what we wanted straight away and came up with idea of sourcing a colored skin rather then the traditional tan, and after a bit of back-and-forth we settled on navy. The tonal patchwork was also inspired by a women’s piece.
I’m very proud of how it turned out, and working with the Cockpit USA team was a treat. We were fortunate to get amazing feedback from retailers and press over the last few months.
The cherry of all cherries as far as our Fall ’16 collection is concerned.