When it comes to design duos, you know you've got a good thing going when the pair in question have known each other for X amount of years. Seven years to be precise for young designers Jenny Postle and Sam Leutton, who met on their Foundation course followed by a BA in Textiles Design at Central Saint Martins. Sam went onto work in China gaining some hands-on experience in knitwear production, whilst Jenny continued at CSM completing her MA in Textiles in 2011, where her final collection was brought by Mrs B's boutique of emerging talent, Browns Focus.
Inevitably, Jenny and Sam paired up to form Leutton Postle, presenting a well received S/S 12 collection at London Fashion Week's Vauxhall Fashion Scout in September 2011. Their intensely detailed knitwear stands the test of time (if you're after something a little offbeat) going beyond the boho-ethnic trends of recent. Unique colour combos and heaps of texture define the label's creative ethos as the pair bonded over a certain crafty aesthetic all those years ago. Not governed by fashions, they have long-standing relationship with knitwear that most established knitwear labels having nothing on.
While they may not be first friend-duo to hit the London Fashion label circuit, we can't fault them for their exuberant passion and labour-intensive detail, which is once again evident at their A/W 12 show in February. Some knitwear labels have a tendency to roll out samey looks. Not for Leutton Postle, as they wowed us look after look with an array of textures and reversed applique. Mask-like face motifs adorned pretty much every piece whether it was an all over pattern or a singular face with a weft of hair-like wool.
"We started off looking with looking at tribal influences, then we went a little crazy with the faces motifs. Pretty much every look has faces, we went all out!"
The muted colours lent itself to the largely graphic collection, which was offset with the brighter intense primaries.
"We wanted the colours to be muted earthy dirty tones but with colour flashes. Compared to our S/S 12 collection, it was more toned down in the overall look and feel for those pops of colour for A/W 12 really stand out."
They also collaborated with bag designers, Chiara Carnevale and Hannah Cope to create a tote, duffle and bum bag/clutch which incorporated the ruffle-like leather detailing.
"The layered leather applique really lends itself to the accessories!"
When we asked whether the pair had anyone in mind for future collaborations, they both answered in together, "SPICE GIRLS!!" We can definitely see Mel B or Geri in the label's bold playful looks (with their trademark Buffalo boots of course). We say Amen to that and here's to hoping!