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Ashfield, the first wool collection from fabric house Ian Mankin, launches at Decorex this September. Synonymous with British-made natural fabrics, Ian Mankin is the first port of call for classic contemporary cotton stripes, checks and plains. Woven in-house at parent company John Spencer Textiles’ family-owned mill in Burnley, Lancashire, Ashfield is the fruit of a recent investment in jacquard looms, facilitating the production of reversible patterned wools.
The eminently usable edit of classic motifs includes a paisley, houndstooth, stylised damask and honeycomb-inspired geometric, as well as the brand’s signature checks, stripes and plains. “While the designs and the fabric composition are new, the Ian Mankin ethos of timeless, natural, British-made fabrics remains,” explains MD David Collinge. Introducing a deep burgundy to the pared-back palette of sage, charcoal and navy, Ashfield is woven from melange yarns using Shetland wool spun at one of the few remaining wool mills in the Pennines, creating a softer colour which blends easily with the existing ranges.
While the collection is named after the mill founded by Collinge’s great-great-grandfather in the 1860s – today, the last surviving mill in Burnley - the ten new fabrics are named after Yorkshire towns and villages. “Lancashire was the birthplace of the industrialised cotton weaving industry, whereas Yorkshire was the home of hard-wearing, cosy wools.
Ashfield is our homage to Yorkshire’s industrial history and expertise and represents a coming together of old rivals across the Pennines,” continues Collinge. In keeping with the Ian Mankin aesthetic as well as the country’s – and the Collinge family’s - industrial history, Ashfield is designed to stand the test of time.
Ashfield will be previewing at Decorex and available to order online or at the Ian Mankin London showroom from September.