Model and Artist Kesewa Aboah Lives In The Open in our Fall/Winter 2021 Collection.
The sounds of the forest. The smell of damp moss. The sight of clouds reflected in the glassy surface of a lake. Undoubtedly, there is an overwhelming sense of joy that comes when the magic of nature surrounds us. This feeling proved to be the ideal inspiration behind our new Fall/Winter 2021 Collection: A capsule of performance outerwear, which aims to motivate people to “Live In The Open” and embrace the outdoors in all its beauty.
To capture this feeling of euphoria, we sent model and artist Kesewa Aboah to the stunning natural landscapes of Scotland. We encouraged her to reconnect with nature with a bit of adventure. For Kesewa, getting outside is integral to her creative process as an artist. “I don’t reference nature in my work,” she says. “But having time outdoors is crucial to my practice. Otherwise, I burn out.”
Like Kesewa, many of us are more likely to live near a busy urban street than a rural highland, but our connection to the outdoors is still intrinsic to our humanity, and it plays a critical role in our mental health too. “Traveling between the city and the country makes me feel the most like myself,” she says. “I need to come back home and have some time in London to feel grounded, then go back out there and do it all again.”
Our new FW21 Collection of puffers, lightweight down fleece, and technical knitwear expertly capture this duality. When worn in nature, products like our sleek-fitting Cypress Puffer allow adventurers to bring their sense of style with them; when worn in the city, styles like our waist-cinching Mckenna Parka elegantly signal an active outdoor life. The collection features innovative, ultra-soft performance fabrics, marrying classic details with new vibrant color offerings that riff off natural landscapes. Professional explorers and everyday enthusiasts favor our new collection, protecting from the elements wherever someone may find themselves.
So, what does Living In the Open mean? “Freedom,” says Kesewa definitively. “That feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, cheeks flushed and the air so fresh and crisp, that it takes my breath away.”
That’s a mood we can certainly get behind.