As part of our Pre Spring 21 Capsule we collaborated with British artist:Kit Agarto create the KIT Sweater. The collaboration was born at the beginning of COVID-19. Co-founder: Catherine Carnevale states: “ I was inspired to create a vibrant and optimistic piece... something that would not only give the wearer comfort but some color-therapy! Despite the times continuing to create and collaborate in a positive way felt important and hopeful.” Catherine fell in love with Agar’s abstract, pebble-like prints. Agar is a Brighton, UK native - a city by the sea (where Catherine also studied for her Knitwear degree). Through this sense of place, an immediate connection was felt - the same familiarity you gain from the distinct pepple forms of Brighton beach you love when you reside there. Artist Kit Agar states: “At the time I created this pattern I wanted to explore uninhibited organic shapes that combined flowing shapes and colours as a sort of visual mediation”. The Kit sweater is sustainably hand-made in Peru by artisans in the softest air-spun alpaca yarns. Its hang tag is signed by the maker and an edition number issued to each piece to pass some of the handcrafted love to the new owner.SHOP HERE
This past April, Co-founder: Catherine Carnevale was due to travel to Lima, Peru on her biennial trip to meet with ELEVEN SIX artisan work-shop groups - new and existing. The trip was postponed due to the pandemic world-wide crisis. Catherine worked with one of her workshops to navigate getting some photo coverage and to conduct small interviews with the work-shop head artisans after Lima began to slowly open. “The artisans are the heart, soul and roots of the brand so it's important for me to try to share a small window into the ’behind the scenes’ and to show the makers 'in process' that craft the sustainable knitwear collections we proudly present” states Catherine. More than ever, we have been humbled and deeply grateful that these small family and safely quarantined, work-shops have still been able to continue to produce our knitwear through these unprecedented times.