“We read that the Arent & Pyke girls had an interest in textiles and decided to contact them to see if they’d be interested in a collaboration. Never in a million years did we think they’d say yes! From the first meeting, it was on – we all had so many ideas, but were somehow all on the same page. It’s been 18 months in development and the hardest part was editing the collection down. We wanted to run everything!” says Kate Pascoe Squires, one half of the Kate & Kate design duo.
With hand-drawn pinstripes, pom-poms, linen and woven bed linen, the winter collection certainly is a textural treat. “The range captures the joy of gathering together, the convivial delights of a shared table, a picnic under the shade of a gumtree; all with the homely embrace of luxurious yet robust cottons, wools and linens. The collection is a celebration of celebrations, both jovial and nostalgic with classic geometrics complemented by painterly and spirited prints,” says Kate.
“It was such a thrilling process working with Juliette and Sarah-Jane. Their knowledge is endless and they really know what will work in a room. It was such an inspiring team to work with and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results,” says Kate who is particularly fond of the brand’s new linen collection.
“The Festive Twist tablecloths are to die for, with a hand drawn pinstripe in both black/white and rose/white. The Pom-Pom artwork is so much fun as it’s totally unique and has a gorgeous sense of nostalgia. The Floss hand woven bed throw is stunning too — the misty rose colour looks incredible with all the woven textures,” says Kate.
Fans of the brand’s alpaca blankets will be thrilled to hear there are new designs for winter, in shades of green, grey, snowy white and mist. “The alpaca blankets sold so quickly last winter, so I think they might be a hit again. We’ve also created a baby alpaca blanket this season and it’s beyond lush,” says Kate.
We particularly love the fact that two pairs of female friends who are also business partners, have come together to create something so gorgeous.
Photographer: Jason Loucas | Stylist: Claire Delmar