“Last season we were in Peckham [the ‘new Shoreditch!’] but now we’ve jumped on the number 12 bus, moved up the road and got off at Elephant and Castle,” grinned Kit Neale. Known for his humorous prints and vibrant use of color, this time the intertwined elephants and castles across bomber jackets and track pants and also on Neale’s signature embroidered motif sweaters represent a last hurrah to the grotty South London shopping center with its kitsch statue of an elephant carrying a castle on its back.
The neighborhood is due to benefit from a massive regeneration program. All about the high-low vibe, drill jackets screen-printed with blown-up vase details from the British Museum are a nod to another oft-unseen element of London. Following a capsule collection with Opening Ceremony, his latest collaborative project is a line of accessories (backpacks to iPad cases) with Mi-Pac.