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Raf Simons collection for Kvadrat

Art enthusiast and fashion designer Raf Simons is well known for his menswear line that he launched in 1995, along with his career as the creative director for Dior woman and his love of collaborations; one of the most recent being with textile experts Kvadrat.

Flash back to A/W 2011, when Simons was designing his collection for Jil Sander and was at a loss for heavier weight fabrics, as his usual suppliers where unable to provide anything suitable; Simons thought outside the box, improvised and fell in love with the Kvadrat fabrics that provided him with ‘the quality, density and colouration’ his pending collection craved. And so the idea of collaboration between the two parties was born.

In A/W 2014 at the Paris showcasing of his new collection with Sterling Ruby, Simons teased us with a preview of his upcoming collection with Kvadrat. In a sea of overcoats, 70-plus variations of striped patches of flecked Kvadrat fabric were featured; a range of diverse yet contemporary tones weaves and textures. The result was a collection with a different dimension to the competing fashion lines and working with textiles from outside of the fashion industry gave Simons and Ruby greater flexibility in terms of colour and quantities they where able to use.

The Raf Simons and Kvadrat collection is sophisticated, playful and distinguished by the innovative blending of colour and materials. Simons wanted a collection that featured the sturdy re-working of boucle’s and tweeds and splashes of very particular, intensely pigmented, hot colours. The collection works perfectly in a wide range of interiors and can work beautifully together in a variety of inventive combinations.

In 2015 the collection won the Wallpaper* Design Award and has now go onto release three new upholstery textile designs along with the options of cushions and throws. The result of the collaboration has been a mutual appreciation of quality, elegance and fine craftsmanship, which is reflected in the beautiful collection of unique but stylish textile fabrics.

Insight by Charlotte

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