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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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Meet Jo Ellison

We invited the celebrated Editor of the Financial Times’ HTSI magazine to guest edit our A/W 2022 collection and take us on a personal journey through modern office clothing. Read more for a wisdom-filled account of the contemporary codes of business attire.

 

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Recycled cashmere

As autumn comes, it’s time to turn to classic knits. Blended with RWS-certified merino wool for durability and strength, our recycled cashmere gives the luxurious feel and natural warmth of conventional cashmere, but with a lighter footprint on the planet.

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BREAD IN HAND

Together with ARKET’s new bread supplier – BAK, we are on a mission to showcase that the use of organic heritage crops and manual techniques not only makes sense from a sustainability perspective, but also because the final product simply tastes and feels better.

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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.