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Knitwear is quite literally in the blood of the Paine dynasty, Alan’s Father, William, famous for in the 1920’s, invented, the ‘club colour trim’ this was added to a plain sweater and the club colours were worn by many rowing, tennis and cricket club plus sporting men and women, including King Edward VIII, who saw this style of knitwear to be the height of fashion at the time. Records of the many different club and college colours were carefully recorded and specially dyed wools were stocked to match the club silk ties.
However, its not just sportsmen who have bought into Alan Paine knitwear over the decades, many explorers have benefited from the nature & warming qualities of in lamb wool. So for Autumn, the brand have launched the ‘English Explorer Collection’, the Explorer range is directly inspired by the exploits of George Mallory the noted explorer and mountaineer. From direct photographic evidence taken on his last and ill fated Everest attempt they have been able to reconstruct a number of the items worn by Mallory and other members of the expedition. All the fabrics used are as close as is possible to get to the fabrics that would have been worn at the time.
Now, to mark this collection Alan Paine will launch their first London pop up store, housed in what is becoming a must for anyone thinking of a pop up shop, 47 Lamb’s Conduit St. The store will also be stocking a new range of tweed jackets for AW12. Each style has been designed with the modern English gentleman in mind and will be complimented in store by the trademark Alan Paine 45 colours of cashmere and lambswool jumpers.