C.P. Company turns 40 in 2015, a milestone that will be celebrated throughout the year. First stop – a presentation of the AW15 collection during London Collections: Men. We caught up with co-designer Paul Harvey at the event to talk about the latest textile innovations and the overall mood of the collection – as well as Harvey’s personal take on menswear today. Interview by Emma Holmqvist Deacon

Since the start in 1975, C.P. Company has pushed forward with an experimental approach to textiles. Which innovations take center stage in the AW15 range?
The new woven jacquards are interesting; we’ve taken traditional men’s tweeds such as herringbone and translated them via digital photography into very fine weaves. They are very soft and light and lend themselves well to the down puffer jackets within the range. There are also some bonded pieces created using the same concept; in this case we’ve bonded the jacquard with very fine mesh, a method resulting in a waterproof material used for both parkas and jackets.

Which colors are key for fall?
This season, we’ve used three very bright colors from the world of active sports – bright blue, scarlet and acid yellow – and mixed them with with military hues and black.

C.P. Company keeps developing, both in terms of technical advancement and design. What defines the aesthetic right now, and indeed for fall?
We’ve fused influences from the worlds of tailoring and military for some time now, but we’ve started to bring in active sports elements on a greater scale as we believe these three style references need to co-exist. The AW15 parka featuring a body in black and white tweed jacquard and a hood taken directly from the pattern of an American military garment serves as the embodiment of this three-way blend. The result is interesting; it’s not about a specific look anymore – it’s the way you put it together that really matters. The fact that the seasons aren’t so defined anymore has made us rethink the design, making it more flexible. We’ve created many pieces with multiple purposes in mind, allowing customers to wear a single layer at the beginning of the autumn and add another when temperatures drop.

Would you say that this philosophy applies to the menswear mood in general?
Definitely– layering is an important aspect of menswear today. Active sports influences in general are becoming increasingly important and layering is an inherent quality within it. Patagonia has done interesting things with layering forever and now it’s moving into the fashion sphere in a major way.