MARGARET HOWELL Fall/Winter 2013

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  1. FlyingMonkey

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    Thanks - I would guess it was the latter. I very much doubt she has her own factory (whether owned or sole-contracted)...
     
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    Pretty sure she does have her own factory.
     
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    Having had a look around, you may well be right. I'd imagine it was located in Filottrano because of the existing tailoring tradition and talent there.
     
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    MHL stuff is certainly a pretty noticeable drop in loveliness. Some nice designs though.

    Is the cardi 100% cashmere? I'm tempted by the 70% merino/30% cashmere jumper in the current collection.
     
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    Yes 100%.

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    Sample sale in London tomorrow and Friday. Anyone going?
     
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    I believe it's a mix. She has her own production facility, but not everything is made there (factories often specialize in one category, like wovens, knits, leather, tailoring, etc. because each can require specialized knowledge, and maybe more importantly, specialized machines which can be very expensive, though of course there can be overlap). John Smedley does her knitwear, for example, or at least did as of 2008. Don't know if the tailored pieces are made in a separate factory, like the Lardini one sipang mentioned, but I would think that would only be the case if it's fully canvassed and all that (edit: looking at the pics above some of it obviously is).

    I've read a little about the brand here and there because anytime I see it in person, like at Barneys, I always think it looks nicely designed and made. It can come off as a little bland sometimes, especially in pictures, but up close it reads more as understated than bland. It doesn't draw much attention either because it doesn't change much season to season. I think the only reason it doesn't ignore the fashion calendar totally is probably just for business reasons. That said, I thought the recent spring show was so good. What did sipang call it? boring done well, I think. :)
     
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    She does have her own Factory in London, however it is generally used exclusively for Mainline shirting. They also make the Shirt Blazer there (the summer weight ones). I don't believe the Factory in Italy is hers, she uses many contract suppliers, many of them based in UK. John Smedley don't make all of the knitwear, just the fine weight stuff. Some jackets are made in the UK, the suiting is made in Italy, Portugal and the Czech Republic (it's all written on the labels).

    The Margaret Howell 2013 Calendar features 12 of the the British manufactures she has worked with over the past 40 years; these include:
    Harris Tweed
    Whitehouse Cox (bridle leather goods)
    Stephen Walters (silk weavers)
    Mackintosh
    James Grove *& Sons (buttons)
    Ercol
    Scott & Charters (cashmere knitwear)
    Branksome China
    Corgi Hosiery
    John Smedley
    Fox Borthers & Co.
    Margaret Howell (shirts - Edmonton - London)
     
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    Sample sale was poor. Mainly suiting and in large sizing. Pricing was surprisingly high as well :\
     
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    is the thread for the Ladies or everyone?

    Regarding The Shining Margaret Howell cord bomber jacket:

    this was remade 2 years ago; however it was not made in the burgundy cord and quite a lot of the detailing was changed.

    it was made in two fabrics: a grey marl wool and a petrol blue garbadine – I have both : )

    see picture of grey bomber below

    I thought the Sale was OK, picked a couple of pieces - not as good as the last one though.


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    Some new knitwear up on http://www.margarethowell.co.uk/. All from natural (I guess that means undyed?) shetland wool.

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    I have one of the merino/cashmere saddle crews and really like the fit/shape. So I was looking at the natural shetland ones, I would love to see what the black looks like in person/other light.

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    I have one of the merino/cashmere Saddle crews that I picked up at Sale last year and agree the fit and quality is great.

    My worry about the natural Saddle crews is they are going to itch like mad.
     

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