Skjöldr Jacket

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Inna Race Photography

I’ve often noticed how a winter landscape looks simple at first glance, buried under snow and barren without foliage.
Barren, until we teach our gaze to see the interlacing of tree branches braced to hold the bowl of sky, or notice the myriad subtle tones of the deadened grass poking through the blanket of white.

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I enjoy the way winter’s starkness highlights the subtle textures of life, how looking more deeply reveals levels in the seemingly-simple landscape. In this tone-on-tone world, varied textures become the focus; Light becomes its own entity, shadows highlight. The tiniest fragment of life or motion is magnified by the blank-er canvas.  Click here for snowscapes

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I find Norse design to be similarly satisfying with its curved, organic minimalism. In a past rife with cold, harsh environments and experiences, ancient Norse people still took the time to create beauty within function. That idea that function can be beauty, and beauty can enhance function resonates through the centuries to me. Simple, functional, and strong, yet alive with homages to nature’s forms…   Click for Norse design
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editorialThe Skjöldr jacket and skirt brings textural detail and clean silhouette together into one. At first the structured silhouette and cutaway hem of the Skjöldr jacket with its bold shoulders greets the eye with simplicity of a winter landscape.

When drawing closer to the wearer, the seams and tone-on-tone panels burst upon the viewer, especially the unexpected back view with its rounded paneling…

and finally, when standing up close to the wearer, the hidden subtle textures of the fabrics delight; brocade with floral motifs, subtle leafy jaquard, herringbones, and even the texture on the shoulder buttons.
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Jim Cottingham Photography

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This jacket with its modified raglan shoulder line, deep wrist openings, and cutaway angled hemline is flattering to many figure types, it moves the eye instead of visually cutting the wearer in half.

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Jim Cottingham Photography

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The jacket’s curved seaming and tone-on-tone paneling move the eye around the body in simple, bold lines, referencing the figure while adding structure to the body.
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The linework on the matching skirt lines up with the paneling on the jacket, creating bold shapes referencing the great shields that inspired this design. (Skjöldr means Shield)

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The precise top stitching of the seams provides both visual and structural strength.

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Jim Cottingham Photography

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Inna Race Photography

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The bold button detail hearkens to the shoulder brooches in Norse costume, and to the shield designs that decorated with functional beauty the sides of the great Long Ships.
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Made of cashmere blends, textural brocade, and jaquard wools, this jacket tops a pencil skirt, trousers, or sheath dress equally well, and looks stunning worn opened or closed.

 

Available in black floral textured Wool Brocade on black/grey Herringbone, and cream Wool Jacquard with cream/beige Cashmere herringbone, both jackets have silk linings and gunmetal separating zippers.
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Skirts are available by special order in these same exclusive limited-edition fabrics.

As with many Granaté Prêt pieces, this can also be made at a custom level with fabrics sourced for the individual client.


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