Reflecting on recent media coverage of themes surrounding male identity, toxicity and wellness, Pansy looks at concepts of masculinity and answers the need to embrace the ‘feminine’ side of menswear. The name ‘Pansy’ here being a derogatory term for the gender non-conforming man as well as the name of a type of flower. With the mix of traditional gendered colours, imagery, and textures, this collection boasts the ideas that there are possibilities for the reinvention of a new modern man.
We are in an age of extreme waste within the textile industry. 100 billion new garments are created from new fibres per year (BBC 2018) and on our part, where we throw away £140 million worth of clothing per year (WRAP 2018). Pansy responds to this by repurposing the discarded yarn and fabrics destined for landfill to create a slow fashion menswear collection with exciting textured embroidery design with a seasonless approach.
The collection finds its inspiration within the contast of gendered imagery. The worn and weathered rugged masculinity and material in contrast with scenic pastel painterly textures, warm, earthy hues and floral colours.