Baartmans & Siegel Announce Collaborations With River Island

British designers to launch new A / W collection with high street brand

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The London fashion industry has come of age. Dominated for all too long by party monster designers with plenty of talent but nowhere to channel it, increased investment and the introduction of schemes to support young talent has ensured that some of the most exciting, relevant clothing in the world right now is being produced in the capital.

Take Baartmans & Siegel, for instance. Helmed by British designer Amber Siegel and Dutchman Wouter Baartmans, the brand seasonally produces one of the most eagerly anticipated shows on the London menswear schedule. Describing themselves as “modern-traditionalists”, the pair’s Autumn Winter ’14 collection, showed in London last January, was a symphony of sharp tailoring, fur-trimmed voluminous outerwear and elegant shirting.

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Exciting, then, that the brand today announces its collaboration with high street stalwart River Island. A capsule collection of essential pieces for autumn winter ‘14, the 12-piece range has been inspired by the dark dystopian world of Michael Mann’s Blade Runner and features an immaculately tailored goose down filled blazer, an oversized parka with the brand’s trademark fur trim, slick double breasted tailoring and wearable covered placket shirts.

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“When working on the concept for the collection we felt it was important for us to carry through our identity of indulgent masculinity with our signature fabrications and refined classic silhouettes.” Says Siegel.

“River Island’s responsiveness and huge industry network has allowed us to maintain our high level of craftsmanship which has been most refreshing. We have also been able to explore new technical aspects that we have wished to create for some time, which has been key in helping to create an accessible wardrobe with effortless style.”

The Baartmans & Siegel and River Island collaborative collection will be available in selected River Island stores and online from September.