PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND celebrates new cutting edge 3D knitwear technology and a re-launch of its accessory division with a temporary Store on the 2nd floor of the landmark, the iconic knitwear brand hosts a month-long temporary store to celebrate its collaboration with architect and material scientist Richard Beckett, who designed a series of garments for the brand’s AW2014 collection.
The brand uses a newly created, innovative 3D printing technique to create a stunning and inspiring collection that firmly places Pringle of Scotland as the world’s most innovative knitwear brand.
This season’s knitwear collection uses this innovative new technology, as each piece is made up of over 1000 individual 3D printed geometries that interweave together to create bespoke materials. The materials are then seamlessly integrated into the collection using traditional knitwear techniques. Natural movement, behaviour and aesthetic that work around the body is achieved through the design and engineering.
Each fabric has been designed and engineered to exhibit the required movement, behaviour and aesthetic in order to work on the body and as part of the seasonal collection. Typically such technologies have been experimented for commercial prototyping and architectural modeling and I wanted to explore a move away from the more sculptural costume approach of such pieces, towards a more material, haptic based approach.
Richard Beckett comments: ‘the experience and knowledge of head of design Massimo Nicosia ensured that such novel technology was complementary to his design process to produce beautiful garments that are technologically novel and maintain the quality of Pringle of Scotland.
This project appealed to me because it was an opportunity to mix three dimensional digital design with traditional tailoring techniques. This meant i could apply my design and technical knowledge in collaboration with Massimo who expertly incorporated this new technology to a heritage brand in a way that is relevant to wearable fashion’.