This autumn–winter Bamford has turned to the fields and farms of England and the wild landscapes of Scotland with a collection that draws inspiration from the resource that gives life to its creations – the earth’s soil.
Rich tones of peat, truffle and clay inspire a colour palette that reflects the darker and earthier hues of the autumnal British landscape; while natural yarns left undyed and bare, in the neutral tones that nature intended, offer a softer complement in tone.
This is also a season that looks to the past: to a heritage in textile production and to the skills and craftmanship of the generations of British makers on whose expertise we rely; communities whose livelihood and future are so precariously balanced upon the survival of their craft. Amid a world of rapid change and reliance on technology, our support of these factories and the artisans that sustain them, are as important to us as the fibres we work.
From the soil
There are many intersections between what we put into our bodies and what we put on them, but what unites them unequivocally is the need for fertile, nutrient-rich soil to grow their sources. As a champion of sustainable, regenerative agricultural practices through her organic farm in the Cotswolds, founder Carole Bamford had been a strong and ardent voice in the battle to raise awareness of the need to protect our soil and build its fertility for over 40 years. Her values direct and inform the way we design and create our products.
‘Our designs and focus in creating Bamford’s collections since its inception has not simply been about lightening our footprint and striving to help prevent a worsening global crisis; it has been to use our collections and the way they are produced to regenerate and give back. Through this collection we hope to support and highlight the quieter voices in the growing conversations around the textile industry – the artisans whose lives are centred around its crafts; the farmers who work the land that provides for it; and the soil that gives life to the fibres from which it stems.’
Made in Scotland
Our choice to work with Scottish producers ensures us quality that is unrivalled. The knowledge and understanding of wool and cashmere and their intricacies and fluctuations is unique, and while historic methods are not promoted at the expense of progress or excellence, there is a value in the traditional means of spinning yarn, hand-linking garments and the choice of timeless stitches that allows us to create long-lasting, inherently beautiful knitwear.
Since Bamford began creating clothing, we have always celebrated the beauty in natural tones. From inky charcoals to chalky whites our pieces have embraced the breadth of tones available to us from nature. Over a third of our collection this season uses fibres that have been left in their raw, natural state.
For this season, alpaca wool has become a resource we’ve leant on more heavily as one that draws on the world’s soil more sustainably. Alpacas’ natural habitat is high up in the Andes; at this altitude the water supply is natural and the land is not generally suitable for agriculture. It’s a philosophy that mirrors our own: the choice to support limited, carefully managed quantities; a traceable, fair process; and a source of creative fuel that regenerates and gives back.