Indigo KIT Jacket Hand Painted by AIF
A special limited edition collaboration with our friend and local artist Amy Isles Freeman: hand painted KIT jackets with Amy's own incredible freehand motifs in an all-over print.
These jackets are unique. Works of wearable art. Each one is different, a product of the magic of Amy's mind and her skilled hand and our desire to re-work and re-fresh our existing designs to create sustainable, circular pieces. Amy's designs explore "female sexuality, joy and freedom", with motifs from the natural world: blissful faces; peace doves in flight; beating hearts. The pieces celebrate Mother Nature's beauty in all its forms. The jacket itself is a unisex utility jacket with three pockets and wooden button fastening. They have been handmade in London using deadstock denim and dyed by hand near our studio using natural indigo dyes.
Discover more of Amy's incredible artwork here: Amy Isles Freeman
ABOUT AMY ISLES FREEMAN /
"I've never been afraid of being decorative.
When I finished my degree in drawing at Falmouth Art School in 2014, I felt fed up with flat work. Entangled in a group of young makers, jealousy burnt my fingers as I watched them make objects, things that existed. I itched for a practical skill, so a friend handed me a chisel and a piece of wood, and showed me how to use his lathe.
My work explores female sexuality, joy and freedom, and this theme began in art school, when I dove into the world of feminist art. I loved the raw emotion, but whilst the anger in the work resonated with me, it didn't come naturally in my own expressions. Then, in 2013, I visited an exhibition of Dorothy Iannone's work, and that changed everything for me. Colourful, cheeky and hilarious, I walked around the empty show with my laughter bouncing off the walls. She used the best communication tool to carry her message - humour. From then on, I felt the freedom to make work that would illicit at least a smile, if not a chuckle.
My work now encompasses my hand turned, hand painted bowls, as well as my hand painted clothing, printed illustration and murals. I love the progression of the theme, and the fluidity of being in charge of my own practise."
ABOUT KIT CLOTHING /
Designed with clean lines and simple cuts, our first clothing line has a workwear aesthetic that complements our clogs and reflects the durability and longevity of truly hard-wearing, quality, handmade items.
Each garment is designed and ethically made by hand here in the UK, supporting local makers and traditional crafts close to home. We have loved staying connected to the pieces at every step of their journey, ensuring the highest standard of quality and care and creating a collection that is truly close to our hearts. Classic shapes and unisex patterns make a timeless collection of wearable every day staples to love and live in.
Each piece of #kitclothing is carefully constructed from dead stock organic cottons sourced in the UK and handmade using small batch production in London. The small batch production and our use of dead stock means that there are only a limited number of pieces available at one time. The garments are then given to our friend and local craftsperson Laura, who uses indigo dye to colour each piece by hand using traditional methods. Our KIT labels and wooden buttons are sewn on by hand to finish each piece and give our own stamp of quality approval.
Variations in colour and evenness and gradual fading are characteristic of traditional garment dyeing. The raw base of the fabric may peek through occasionally at the seams, this shouldn't be considered a defect but rather a part of the charm and uniqueness of the garment.
One size, please see measurements below. Loose, boxy fit. Should fit UK size 8-14 women and a men's small/medium. In the images below Jess is a 5'7" and approx a UK 12, worn oversized here with layers underneath for Winter.
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