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A blog for all our projects, inspiration and social happenings connected with Peregrine Clothing. Heritage knitwear and jackets made in the UK

 

Explore in Peregrine

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@Johnstevenmillington

 

The name John Millington means a few things to us; Lifestyle photographer, a modern day explorer and a man who likes to live minimally but maximizes what the world has to offer. We had a chat with him about his style and his travels and sent him a few garms to keep him warm on his adventures!

Describe the draw of the Highlands?

 - The Highlands for me are a magical place. As much as I love cities and the energy cities bring - I feel more creative and at home in the Highlands. Stripping things down to a minimum is something I deeply focus on and living here allows me to keep things very minimal, the day-to-day here is very relaxed and it is so easy to pull inspiration from your surroundings. The endless exploration of the Highlands is also a massive draw for me, there is always a new quaint little coffee shop or shoot location to be discovered! 

In your opinion, what makes a great photo great?

- A great photo for me is one that moves and evokes emotion from the viewer, albeit a negative or positive emotion, it is important for me to move someone or inspire someone. Other values I look for are subject matter, tones and composition - All these things for me create a great photo.

You have travelled all over and we love following your journey! What has been your favourite place to visit?

- My favourite places I have ever travelled to are New York City, Corsica, Rome and the Highlands. Each place had its own charm that is easy to fall in love with. Not sure I could choose just one! 

Describe your style to us in three words?

- Practical, Minimal, Versatile.

What does 'Made in England' mean to you?

- The words "Made in England" come with a massive prestige and heritage. Working with a brand like Peregrine, whose heritage dates back to the 1700's, with that comes a very deep and strong understanding of English tradition in regards to overall brand image and approach to creating garments. Whenever you see "Made in England" you know that the garment from the design process, to the shop floor has been thoroughly planned, incredibly made and ready to wear for years to come. Supporting independent British companies is also a great thing!

Whats on your agenda to explore in the near future?

- On my own agenda for the future is to see more of my homeland Scotland! I plan on visiting a lot of the isles and tourist destinations up north, to tick off the Scottish places I want to explore on my bucket list! I also plan on going to Copenhagen once my good friends Anthony and Caroline have settled in with their newborn son! 

John wears the Park Beanie in Cobble and the Cobble Cardigan in Bark

Know your Merino

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MERINO WOOL

Strong, soft and temperature regulating

The majority of our knitwear is crafted from premium Merino Wool which we source from Peru and Italy. This is then imported to our factory in Manchester where we spin the yarns ourselves ready to begin machine-knitting the jumpers. Read our break-down of Merino Wool to understand why you should be investing in one of natures finest materials


We love using natural fibres in our clothing and we use Merino Wool for a huge number of reasons...


NATURAL ELASTICITY: It is extremely soft and also has a natural elasticity due to its exceptionally fine fibres meaning your knits hold their shape for longer (just don't put them on a hanger as this can misshape the neck)

BREATHABLE: It is classed as a 'breathable' fabric meaning that it can absorb moisture and wont leave you feeling clammy like some synthetic fabrics do after being caught in a down-pour.

TEMPERATURE REGULATING: Merino Wool is a fibre often used in outdoor or sporting clothing as it reacts to the body's temperature cooling you down or warming you up upon requirement.

ANTI-WRINKLE: If laid flat to dry, and properly cared for, at no point will you ever need to let an iron near your wooly jumper... definitely a plus

NATURAL FIBRE: Merino Wool comes from Merino Sheep who, each year, grow a new coat of wool making Merino a natural fibre and also a renewable fabric. merino wool also decomposes in soil making it bio-degradable too. 

         Our yarn colour palette for our AW17 menswear 

         Our yarn colour palette for our AW17 menswear 

Oxblood for the bold

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The Marmite of the Bexley range is our Oxblood variation. A deep, ominous, purple-red with a bold black collar. Some of our retailers can't get enough of it and some won't go near it; it is the jacket that has polarised our customers more than any garment in the past. Crafted from 100% Millerain waxed cotton, the Bexley is completely weather-proof making it a great bit of outdoor gear for braving the elements. 

The colour derives from a time when Ox blood was used as a pigment to dye fabric, leather and paint. The blood would change from a bright red to a darker hue as it oxidised and then to a deep purple-brown with further aging. Thankfully,  no Oxen are harmed during the dying of our fabrics but it still takes a bold man to work an Oxblood jacket. 

Images c/o Steven Stone, a Bristol based model who we have used for our SS18 campaign - @stevenjistone

Peregrine x T.A.N.L.P

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We teamed up with the creative forces behind Sheffield-based Lifestyle Blog: The All Night Listening Post to style some of our contemporary outer-wear and tell us more about their blog and how they are inspired by the city around them...

Arran wears the Mens Cactus Bush Jacket - Shop Here

Fern wears the Ladies Clipsham Jacket in Gunmetal - Shop Here

How old is T.A.N.L.P and how did it begin?

The blog has been going just over two years now, it has really grown over the last six months mainly due to some of the collaborations we've done. As it's started to pick up pace we've both started working on it together, our skills complement each other quite well and there's no way one person could do it in their own. 

What does the name mean?

The All Night Listening Post is an eclectic collection of articles, essays and images from which to draw inspiration. In other words, the goal of the blog is to collate and share some of the most interesting content on the web as well as to produce interesting original content in the form of images and essays.

A listening post is traditionally a facility established to monitor radio signals and analyse their content in order to secure information and intelligence. As technology has advanced, listening posts have evolved but they still perform the same basic function, recording and relaying information of interest to their controllers. 

Listening posts operate 24/7 but often come alive at night, when clandestine operations commence and covert messages are transmitted. That's kind of how we work, hence, The All Night Listening Post. 

What inspires you about the city around you?

Mainly the history of the city and the way it's found itself again. It's changed a lot over the last twenty years but it's still undoubtedly Sheffield with its imposing modernist architecture and northern charm.

Sheffield is a city of makers, it always has been. Renowned the world over for its quality and capability, the city was once home to a thriving steel industry that was envy of the globe. In the latter part of the 20th century, cheaper steel from India and the Far East put paid to Sheffield's manufacturing prowess, foundries and steel mills closed as traditional businesses struggled to compete. Soon, all that was left of the once booming industry was a shrinking network of independent makers, known as little mesters, turning out small-batch pocket knives and bespoke fabrications in traditional workshops spread across the city. 

And yet, after decades of post industrial decline, the Steel city is having a bit of a revival. A new collective of brave new makers are embracing the city's long held tradition of craftsmanship and showing what's possible with hard work and a little bit of Sheffield grit.  On the back of this resurgence, a thriving creative community has developed and independent coffee shop and bars and starting to take over the city again. While it's very much a city in transition, it hasn't forgotten it's roots and it's proud of what it was and hopeful about what it can be. 

What did you think of your new Peregrine Jackets?

We were very impressed. The quality and attention to detail is unquestionable. We're big fans of well made, honest goods with a story behind them so Peregrine is a natural fit for us. It might sound strange but we're both hoping for a rainy day to test them out properly!

Factory Photo-diary

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It is of highest importance to us that you have the ability to see how a Peregrine jumper or jacket is designed and made. We visit the factory once a week, often to make adjustments to new samples or to collect a batch of finished products and just check in with the team. 

British manufacturing is often glamorised and portrayed to still be exactly as it was in the golden age or hay-days of the British textile industry. Alot of things have changed since then for worse and for better. We now have updated and more efficient machinery so that we can always ensure the highest level of quality as well as technical advancements that mean we can produce even more exciting and contemporary knit patterns.

Although a factory is generally not the most visually pleasing place (i.e a little untidy during busy times!) we are extremely proud of the British factory's we work with and the story they tell. We are very lucky to be able to offer a completely transparent view of the production chain and wanted to share some with you some of the little nuances of daily factory life and the fantastic workers that make the garments you wear and love.