Portraying a strong heritage aesthetic with a contemporary characteristic this brand is producing traditional shapes and styles that are enthusing again; with versatility in mind at the commencement of the design process, each style is developed as a transitional piece between rural and urban environments. Practicality and style are two key elements of the collection; their combination of innovative design with durable, showerproof fabrics have created true investment pieces for this year’s Winter season.
The inspiration by Peregrine’s Menswear collection is predominantly drawn from nature; notably oriental gardening, with a colour palette consisting of overtones of sand, brown and grey, as a much more minimal collection in comparison to previous seasons. Key pieces that feature this influence include the ‘Cactus quilted shirt’ using a very simple structured paired with a vibrant sandy hue designed to complement any look. Within the knitwear we see influence of this visually calm design aesthetic influencing the traditional Aran cable, as the ‘Coombe crew neck jumper’ uses optical perspective to create cabling that flows from a fine to a thick knit; resulting in a visually pleasing piece with a beautiful finish, one that has become signature to the Peregrine brand.
Further pieces with the collection see the re-fashioning of classics, such as the traditional ‘Wooly Pully’ previously used as uniform during both World Wars by the Navy, RAF and SAS. 100 years ago J G Glover would manufacture these garments and have now chosen to include this timeless classic in a contemporary style as an everyday piece with a strong heritage. The injection of colour reminiscent of the 60s brings more and more Peregrine classics style back to life, the introduction of stripes features heavily, while contrasting fabrics and follow suit from the contemporary twist on traditional Menswear, which has become recognised as one of the prominent behaviours of the Peregrine brand. Overall, the Men’s colour palette is both rustic and muted with shades of Ochre, Shiraz, Bark, Navy and Humbug.
AW15 Womenswear shows flashes of bright colour also influenced by the 60s with the use of lime and orange block detail in the Women’s 12gge lightweight crews; a progressing interest presented by Peregrine as trans-seasonal elements to modernise the Women’s collection, catering for the more fashion forward woman. Melanges and indications of rich ochre also feature heavily, whilst they continue to offer complimentary muted tones of soft greys, Navy and Ivory for the lady looking for a classic look. Loose layering is closely considered throughout the winter collection; hints of block colour are also evident throughout the accessories, new bobble hats with fur trim embellishment complete the collection.
We are also seeing movement from the more traditional style of Peregrine, welcoming pieces like the Clipsham biker jacket; a cropped, slim-line statement piece that is both elegant and stylish, produced from British Millerain wax cotton, this style is complimented by a tonal Tweed lapel that is both flattering and minimally chic, yet true to the brand’s style.
Lifestyle imagery was shot at Wick Court, a manor house found in Bristol where the Peregrine brand now resides. Featured alongside the gardens and heritage interiors of the house, the surrounding colours compliment the collection, illustrating how the garments can be worn on a more personal level.
Peregrine hopes to energise today’s British manufacturing into an innovative future, ultimately backed by sound investment in clothing made within our shores. Working with longstanding British companies, fabrics range from British Millerain waxed cotton to Hainsworth Melton wool and hand woven Harris Tweed.
Peregrine label began life in 1956, but the manufacturing business at the heart of it, J.G. Glover, dates back to 1796 and remains within the family to this day under eighth generation, Tom Glover. Peregrine is the evolution of the Glover family’s dedication to superior knitwear, expanding its markets to Japan in recent years; whilst keeping all the production based in the Midlands.