Fall Winter 2019/20: Ireland

The Wicklow Mountains from the largest continous upland area in the Republic of Ireland. They occupy the whole centre of Country Wicklow and stretch outside ist borders into the counties of Dublin.

The mountains are primarily composed of granite. Surrounded by an envelope of micaschist ad much older rocks such as quartzite.The mountains owe much of their present topography to the effects of the last ice age, which deepened the valleys and created corrie and ribbon lakes Several major river systems have their source ind the mountains. Powerscouts Waterfall is the tallest in Ireland at 121 metres. The Wicklow Mountains experience a temperate oceanic climate with mild, damp summers and cool, wet winters.

A poem by Austin Clarke, that surfaces on our phone screens a few days later reflects the melancholic atmosphere well:

 

When the black herds of the rain were grazing,
In the gap of the pure cold wind
And the watery hazes of the hazel
Brought her into my mind,
I thought of the last honey by the water
That no hive can find.
Brightness was drenching through the branches
When she wandered again,
Turning sliver out of dark grasses
Where the skylark had lain,
And her voice coming softly over the meadow
Was the mist becoming rain

 

(The Lost Heifer by Austin Clarke)

Can Pep Rey Fall Winter 2019/2020 Travel Diary

Saturday morning in January, shortly past 8am, Dublin. 

The sun is shining but a strong cold wind from the east keeps those that can under a blanket.

To the sound of seagulls flying along the Liffey we head south. Empty highways and country roads lead us to the beach of Bray. The rough sea is contrasted again by the friendly sunshine, which, given the time of the year, is not strong enough to bring real warmth. We stroll along the beach, fighting not to loose our hats and keep our clothes in place. 

No chance. 

                        

We move on, back into the country side, up the narrow winding roads of Wicklow. Soon the sounds of seagulls are forgotten and replaced by golden fern, gorse and heather swinging in the wind. We reach the heights overlooking Lough Tay, one of the many lakes in the area. We dare a brief exit in heavy knitted pullovers and blankets. 

The wind brings a swift change in weather and our benevolent sunshine is replaced by hale and heavy rain. It is time to seek shelter, so we head to a local pub in Roundwood, crowded with locals and travelers pushed together by the weather. One woman at the bar wears a thick corduroy jacket with matching pants in a rusty brown, another man sitting at a table close to her, probably a local farmer, is dressed in a jumpsuit and Wellington boots in dark navy. Another visitor, probably a local is dressed simply in jogging pants and matching sweatshirt. It is an interesting, contrasting yet complimentary group of individuals and clothes. 

As the wind blows away all clouds for now we pay our tea and head back out to inspect the highest waterfall of the country. Here the wind does not reach us and we can sit down and enjoy the scenery again surrounded by fellow explorers. Here a woman with a large turtle neck, there a man in a sturdy coat. 

                                   

We head back to Dublin with the sunset.

 

Can Pep Rey Fall Winter 2019/2020 Interpretation

 

When we started this collection we were inspired a lot by Scottish, Irish and English fabrics. Corduroy, Moleskin and kilted materials combined with Italian virgin wool in form of heavy Fishermans knit pullovers sounded to us like the perfect fall winter set up, resistant and cosy, elegant yet forgiving, easy and comfortable. A collection which would bring warmness in to the melanconi c of Austin Clarcs poem.

For this season we again had a more gender inclusive vision in mind. The idea of a shared wardrobe prevails throughout different layers of the collection and gives way to different ideas and interpretations. Light cotton cashmere knits and cupro compositions underline the feminine silhouette while the heavier fabrics such as moleskin, wool and corduroy allow for a mixed approach. 

The accessoires of the season are heavy beanies and scarves and recycled wool blankets that we sourced from Scotland. 

All goods were manufactured with utmost care in Portugal, Italy, Japan and Belgium. 

Please contact us via contact@canpeprey.com should you have any questions about this collection.