To kickstart the new year, Browns Fashion have decided to take a step back from the whizzy pace of fashion, instead taking some time to be grateful and reflective, with their latest capsule collection exploring the very concept of what it means to be thankful in today's society. Wittily titled, Gra-T-tude, the capsule collection involves some of today's star designers; Bethany Williams, J.W. Anderson, Martine Rose, Phipps andRobyn Lynch, each referencing what they are grateful for this year through a limited-edition t-shirt.
Deciding to put their spin on what gratitude means, each designer's references circle far and wide, appreciations differ from each other, while gratitude remains the key thread that pulls each design together. Bethany Williams takes the opportunity to pay homage to her community; J.W. Anderson decides to focus on reflection, adopting the mantra 'Keep Looking Up'; Martine Rose expresses gratitude for her children, who have also taken part in the design process; Spencer Phipps of Phipps has decided to focus his attention on our planet, creating a multicoloured hand-dyed organic cotton t-shirt that 'celebrates some of the fundamental ideas that help to form my own sense of gratitude towards the universe' and Robyn Lynch looks to her family home in Ireland, designing a graphic in the colours of the Irish flag: white, green and orange.
Although the world has seemingly been in disarray for longer than we would like to admit, the current turbulence in Britain can be felt stronger and stronger day by day. Rather than constantly looking to 'what's next' (a trope fashion is very guilty of), it's good to slow down, take some respite and some time to think. Gratitude is a beautiful thing and, once realised and put into practice, has the power to heal and help people grow. Realising this, all designers have collectively expressed gratitude for our planet through designs that are friendly to the planet - whether that be Martine Rose utilising her deadstock fabric or Robyn Lynch looking to sustainable supply chains in LA; there's a sustainable-friendly design for everyone.