Finding Joy in the Unexpected at Colville

When designer Molly Molloy and stylist Lucinda Chambers left Marni after more than 15 years working together, they both knew it couldn’t be the end of their friendship and mutual collaboration.

And so Colville was born. Named after a street in London David Hockney used to haunt, the brand was established in Milan in 2018 and has become known for its rather unique and effortless way of merging a manifold of silhouettes, styles and colours.

“Colville is bold and beautiful. It’s complex and easy at the same time, it has a kind of twisted elegance that feels individual and unique to the person that’s wearing it,” said Chambers.

The brand has, since its beginnings, tapped into collaborations, becoming the home to a community of like-minded artists and creatives. 

“[Collaborations] have been the start of our initial ethos and the first thing we spoke about, we wanted it to be a collective, club Colville where we invite people to bring their magic in a very organic way,” stated Molloy.

Fresh from their AW20 collection presented at a small, colourful apartment near Villa Invernizzi in Milan, this time around, the team reflected on how silhouette, colour and texture could come together, as off-kilter elongated silhouettes were highlighted by contrasting prints and clashing boldly saturated colours. 

“It came together as a very evolved strong woman who loves design and is not afraid of it and yet has some classic pieces that are easy and informal,” explained Chambers.

For this season’s collection, collaborations included working with Colombian Wayuu tribeswomen on a series of woven bags and with Turkish rug makers and artisans, the latter of whom created the shaggy rugs presented in the brand's presentation space.

In addition to collaboration, a renewed focus on sustainability has been evolving season after season. “We don’t really have a plan as to what we are going to upcycle, it somehow just works its way into the collection as it feels right at that moment,” explained Molloy. And this season, it included upcycled vintage 70s and 80s tech coats and puffers jackets from the 90s. 

As their recent presentation marked their foray into home goods, plans for the future include keeping expanding in a way that feels very organic to them, so their love for homeware and collaborations will keep growing. 

“I think the brand has evolved hugely, it’s become very defined in terms of both style and in our way of working. We say a lot of the time “Oh that’s very Colville” and we know exactly what we mean.  I think that's becoming clearer and clearer, and not just to us!,” concluded Chambers.

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