SCOTLAND YARN: Nick Wooster is looking at Pringle of Scotland’s men’s wear with fresh eyes, and putting a new spin on some old favorites. Wooster, a retail executive turned brand collaborator, has been working on 15 to 20 styles with an old-school feel that will make their debut at the Pringle of Scotland runway show during London Collections: Men on Jan. 10, and later that month at Pitti Uomo in Florence.
Styles include chunky, textured crew neck cardigans — a few of which will be part of twinsets — a zip-front turtleneck, and Henley sweaters with suede details. They’re all made in Scotland from cashmere and lambs wool and look as if they could have been worn by Ernest Hemingway or James Dean. They will be worn by models at Pringle’s fall show, and the aim is for them to become part of the core collection.
“We wanted Nick to contribute to Pringle’s knitwear core, to create new staples, new Pringle essentials. Nick has such broad background and a different mind-set from me, but we see what we are doing as very complementary,” said Massimo Nicosia, Pringle’s design director, during an interview with Wooster at the brand’s studio in west London.
Wooster said he relished the thought of reviving classic styles and creating, “the stuff you want to live in, unfussy staples.” He said he wanted to transcend the notions of young and old, masculine and feminine, and prove that good style endures. He and Nicosia stuck to a muted color palette of navy, gray, loden, military green, burgundy, with pops of bright orange.
He and Nicosia have also played on Pringle — which just marked its 200th birthday last year — as an heirloom brand, creating some sweaters and scarves that have been artfully distressed, with ladders, holes and rough edges, so they look time-worn. “But don’t worry, they’re only made to look that way, and they won’t unravel,” said Nicosia.