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THE OVERSHIRT

Knowledge Modern overshirts are inspired by functional workwear and utility garments, including the French blue work jacket, military jackets, and artisan smocks.

The versatile overshirt is a synthesis of several different utility and workers’ garments – worn by artisans, farmers, engineers, and officers, to protect their clothing from stains and wear, or as an insulating layer in cold weather. Wool and flannel versions have their origins in mid-20th century naval ‘CPO’ shirts, while lighter multi-pocket cotton shirts borrow designs from the French ‘bleu de travail’ and similar chore jackets. Traditionally, labourers and engineers wore blue jackets; black was used for carpenters’ and roofers’ clothing, while stonemasons, bricklayers and painters were dressed in white.

Minimally detailed and cut with extra room, the modern overshirt can be layered over shirts or knits as an adaptable alternative to tailored jackets.

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FOOD

AWAY FROM THE THROWAWAY CULTURE

Understanding the links between ecosystems and human welfare quickly leads to questions on farming, cultivation and how we manage our waster resources, says professor Line Gordon, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Center.

 

 

People

THE NEED FOR A NEW NORMAL

More sustainable design shouldn’t be an indulgence, but the first and easy choice for anyone who wants to live consciously, says ARKET Head of Growth & Sustainability, Ville Klemming.

 

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GOTLAND WOOL: A RESCUED RESOURCE

Our new knitwear collection is made using undyed Gotland wool, a Swedish variety named after the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The project supports small family-owned farms and saves premium-quality material from going to waste.

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The grid is an essential element of our visual identity. It represents the notion of the archive and is used to organise and display information ranging from the names of plants to fabric weights and different types of materials used in our collections. These nine squares symbolise the separate parts that together form our world, and they are also the areas where we strive to make a difference.