PATTERN IN KNIT: 5 Fantastic Knitwear Designers

Braving the icy cold air this winter would have been impossible without some warm knitted layers, and in true Syndicut style bright colours and bold patterns are essentials in our wardrobe!

Included here are some of our favourite knitwear designers, whose exciting work provides both comfort and protection from the bitter conditions outside while ensuring you’re never short of a statement woollen scarf or jumper to cheer up your outfit during the gloomy winter blues.

Quinton Chadwick


Photo credits: Quinton Chadwick

Established fifteen years ago by designers, Jane Chadwick and Jess Quinton, today Quinton Chadwick is a modern and respected knitwear brand, championing the use of quality British manufacturers and high attention to detail. Quinton Chadwick go further than just designing the aesthetic of their knitted garments, they have perfected every stage of production, including carefully selecting the best wools, yarns and dyes to ensure the optimum comfort and customer satisfaction. We love their quirky, eye-catching designs, linear patterns and fun colour palettes, all of which are inspired by a commitment to support traditional knitting techniques.

Coohem


Photo credits: Coohem

With an extensive background in knitwear manufacturing in the Japanese fashion industry, Coohem’s unique products are created using an innovative weaving technique called kóuhen, which involves the intricate interweaving of several different yarns, resulting in fascinating textures, varied colours and organic patterns. We love Coohem’s refreshingly playful approach to textile design, which combines skilled handicraft with advanced digital technology.

Orley


Photo credits: Orley

Founded by Matthew, Alex and Samantha Orley in 2012, their eponymous brand is truly a family business which seeks to combine youth and sophistication while upholding the highest quality and production standards. Orley captured our attention with their bold colours and busy patterns, teaming clean, refined shapes with a retro aesthetic – we love their classic, slightly old-fashioned style and the luxurious knitted textures found in each of their Italian-made garments.

Akiko Kingsbury


Photo credits: Akiko Kingsbury

Akiko Kingsbury’s textile practice is influenced by her textile and graphic design studies at Tama Art University in Tokyo, after which she specialised in dyed and printed fabrics and learnt many traditional Japanese printing techniques. In 2002 Kingsbury started her own business in London producing knitted fashion accessories and soft furnishings with patterns and colour palettes inspired by her time in Asia. We love her vibrant knitwear and its signature geometric repeat patterns, as well as its luxurious, silky textures resulting from thorough material testing and exploration.

Leutton Postle


Photo credits: Leutton Postle

Leutton Postle is a collaboration between friends and designers, Sam Leutton and Jenny Postle, who met while studying at Central Saint Martins in 2005. They launched their label’s first collection at London Fashion Week in 2011, defined by distinctive, organic patterns and an inquisitive approach to texture, materials and techniques. Here at Syndicut, we love their characteristically abstract, organic forms and dynamic, linear patterns combined in Leutton Postle’s knitwear to create a sense of fun and an informal approach to textile design – we can’t wait to see what is in store for next season!