When two talented creative minds hook up, the result simply must be convincing: London-based denim designer and aficionado Kelly Harrington developed a limited edition denim capsule collection for Mona Jensen’s Norwegian lifestyle brand Tom Wood. The pieces are made of Italian denim by Candiani and are all cut and sewn in Italy. The 16 items including accessories offer fits for both men and women. Some styles are designed to be worn as unisex garments and some designed as matching men’s and women’s sets. The retail price points will range from $95 to $850.
We had a chat with Harrington to further explain the project that is currently being presented in Paris and will hit stores in August 2018.
What’s the basic idea behind your collection for Tom Wood and what distinguishes the styles from other denim collections?
The idea behind the collection is actually a very personal one. In the past I have been the designer behind the scenes. For this capsule collection I have physically put my name to it, so I wanted to make sure this collection reflected me and my personality. Each piece of the collection is named after a family member; it embodies my quirky spirit and my love for oversized proportions and layering. The pieces in the collection can be worn individually or layered together, creating double, triple or sometimes quadruple layered looks. I’ve never been one that’s favored a less is more look!
Where does all this inspiration come from?
I collect a lot of vintage kimonos, happi coats and hanten jackets from Japan so I felt that a nod to my obsession with this wonderful country should be a key influence.
How come you have this connection to Japan?
Japan is a place that holds my heart, every corner you turn you find something new to explore. It holds a great deal of memories for me. Japan oozes a mix of old and new traditions-from the bright lights in Akihabara to the small back streets of Shimokitizawa. This contrast inspires me and this is in a sense what I have tried to rekindle in this collaboration.
You are quite known through your Instagram account @kellouhar. Did this also lead the way to the collaboration?
It did! It came about over Instagram of all places. Isn’t it amazing how the Instagram community opens so many doors? Tom Wood contacted me with a proposal to team up on a limited capsule collection based on denim. After a few Skype calls I flew to Oslo to meet the Tom Wood team and ever since I have been flying back and forth from London since October 2017. The idea was to create a unique fun collection that was less conservative and more experimental with shapes cuts and finishes than their previous Scandinavian roots.
Your Instagram dedication also shows in the idea behind the lookbook pictures...
Yes, indeed-the idea behind the lookbook shoot that took place in New York was to turn the camera around on the street style photographers that usually photograph me. I find that they are incredibly inspiring travelling the world to attend every single fashion week. Their schedule is relentless. I wanted to put them in the limelight for a change. I think street style photographers in a whole are not given enough credit for their contribution to the fashion industry. So I am happy to give credit to the models who are all fantastic photographers with their own style (@le21eme, @styledumonde, @modehunter, @nyavgjoe, @thestreetsensei, @eva.al.desnudo, @bleumode) and @Moeeztali who shot the story.