We chat to Rebecca McGeogh the founder and creative force behind cult classic Gasparre Cashmere.
What was the inspiration for the collection?
What I started with was all these mood boards, I did all these colour palettes, and if you actually look from my inspiration boards to the collection- its changed 360 degrees.
The inspiration was really that electric Korean and Japanese fashion that I saw in Seoul and Tokyo- the neons, the jumpers with little neon detailing that my eye was picking up on, and its changed my aesthetic. Each piece is quite punchy.
Each season I have evolved the shapes to be still classic but with new cuts. Things I have learned like women like tops to be a little longer at the back.
The majority of the collection is hand washable or you can do it in a machine, which was a big thing and very important for us.
You like to get technical with your garments, what are some of the techniques you are using for this collection?
I want people to come to me for really innovative knitwear. When I go to conventions its all the international players learning about the same technique, so you will have ACNE learning about the same technique as me. So I want to be in the forefront.
The techniques that we are showing the buyers they have never seen before, like a custom dye for each colour, I work in a colour lab before each collection to figure what I want to do.
We have also incorporated different ladder effects with nylon and each fabric is sampled eight times to make sure its durable.
Key pieces from the collection?
Definitely the neon trim pieces.
What do you draw inspiration from when designing?
I have this one rule when I am designing, I will only wear my own collection- it has given me the discipline to know my range and I learn what the gaps are in the collection- though it can be tough when there are weddings or that sort of thing!
I have a group of very eccentric girlfriends where I am based in Hong Kong now that really inspired me, one is from Tokyo and another from Korea and they all have labels that they introduced me to in their hometowns, and just the way they put things together inspires me.
They push me to do things I wouldn’t normally do, and it’s opened my mind to different sense of style.
I love walking down the street and every second someone catches my eye. Even if I am getting a coffee in my morning and I see a cool knit, I occasionally take sneaky photo.
Check out some snaps from the Spring Summer Gasparre Lookbook or head to the website HERE for more!