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Summer Stock Now In

Caitlin Charles-Jones

We've got lots of new exciting products for you this summer - as a knitwear designer summer can be a bit of a battle.  Convincing people they want lovely woolly jumpers and scarves in 25 degree heat is no easy task! 

So this summer we're bringing you the ULTIMATE organic cotton Tee - fitted and super flattering and finished with hand sewn lace flowers - is there anything better??! Probably not. But there is also the signature stripe knit updated for summer in a cute crop jumper.  This piece is SO versatile. Amazing layered and amazing on its own.  Finally there is the sweetest lace crop vest finished with knitted rib trims.  Not just any lace either - Sophie Hallette lace - think Kate's wedding dress lace. Dreamy.

CC-J KnitShop

Caitlin Charles-Jones

Introducing CC-J KnitShop, the new accessories diffusion line from Caitlin Charles-Jones.

CC-J KnitShop aims to combine Caitlin's signature craftsmanship and style with fun, easy to wear pieces at an affordable price point.  The pieces are mostly made using surplus yarn helping to further Caitlin's aim of a waste free studio, and also enabling the price point to fall into the easily treatable category!

First to make their debut are the new beanie hat - easy classic wear with a CC-J twist.  100% super soft acrylic with handmade crochet flowers.  Grab one now and show us how you wear yours! x

Open Studios Event!

Caitlin Charles-Jones

0Stop by my studio at Cockpit Arts in Holborn for some fabulous Christmas shopping! I've got some amazing new accessories on sale with stocking fillers starting at £10.   

Knit Workshops!

Caitlin Charles-Jones

Calling all students, rusty knitters and keen creatives!

Knit workshops with Caitlin in her studio in Holborn are now available to book.  Caitlin offers one-to-one sessions or sessions for up to two people on her hand operated knitting machines.

Whether you think you need a crash course, a refresher session, a beginners guide, portfolio advice or a mix  - get in touch via the contact form to book.

All yarn, equipment and tea provided - check out the flyer for more info!

 

The Countess

Caitlin Charles-Jones

I've been adding to my machinery obsession with my recently acquired domestic linker - it's far more beautiful than I expected in its fancy colours. It's an Italian make and pretty old.   

So....meet The Countess! 

 

 

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Open Studios

Caitlin Charles-Jones

My first open studio event at Cockpit Arts is happening right now!  

As well as a mini sample sale of near extinct Window of Sky pieces, I created some exclusive new accessories - neck warmers, wrist warmers, iPad sleeves and of course...pom-poms.  

Stop by today and tomorrow 11am-6pm

Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP

 

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Live from LFW

Caitlin Charles-Jones

This is Day 3 of LFW and it's been a really great experience so far. This is my first season exhibiting in the BFC Designer Showrooms which is part of the many reasons my label has definitely taken a step forward this season.

Friday was my first day where I met lots of interesting press and talked non stop about my collection. In the evening we had the launch of the sparkly new initiative between the BFC and Boden, Future British, which I am very honoured to be part of. It was held at the Union Club in Soho and I had an adorable little library room at the top of the building in which to show off my work. We transformed the space into a simple yet effective expression of my collection and aesthetic by recreating my signature stripes using the books on the shelves. We had framed Lookbook photos as well as amazing signs designed by Ventura Signs - mine was in Helvetica, naturally.


LFW // AW16

Caitlin Charles-Jones

It's 3 days until I show my second collection.  A lot has happened since 'A Window of Sky,' and while AW16 is definitely a step forward for me, I will always have a special love for that first collection - not least because the name was inspired by my Grandfather, who just happened to lend me the right book at the right time.  

I think he loved that he was part of that collection and he definitely revelled in coming to fashion week and showing off all his fabulousness. Although he didn't quite get to see AW16, I'm sure he would have liked it too.

So, for AW16 expect to see a gloriously bold lookbook, with big typography and shots of acid yellow, expect to see my signature clean shapes and some new ones too, along with delicious merino wool and fluffy mohair.  In short, as my boyfriend described it the other day - it's got 'tude.

I'm excited to show you this new collection and also to show in the BFC Designer Showrooms for the first time.  Although he won't be there this year, I'll be picturing my grandad, strutting around, making friends, looking glorious and above all making everybody smile.

'A Window of Sky'

Caitlin Charles-Jones

Making my first collection out of university was a very new experience for me.  I was used to having weekly tutorials, guidance from tutors and peers as well as regular fittings and critiques.  This time I had to trust my judgement implicitly, work to a schedule that was entirely my own and have the confidence to make tough decisions.

In addition to all this, this new collection was different.  It couldn't be a self indulgent exercise in creativity, it didn't just have to appeal to people, it had to appeal to them enough to make them want to buy it.  Suddenly I had to think about balancing my creativity with commerciality.

Surprisingly I found this a really enjoyable challenge.  My aesthetic naturally leans towards the commercial in terms of silhouette, so I decided to balance this with considered fabrications, unique construction and bold colour placement.  And being fiercely organised working to my own schedule suited me rather well.

Working out my knit patterns always hurts my head - but it's so satisfying!

Working without a linking machine meant I had to be creative with my construction.

Hand-made crochet flowers made by local craftswomen.

Making sure the garments are beautiful inside and out.

THE LABEL

Caitlin Charles-Jones

It's been a long time since my last blog post.  Since then I have graduated from the Royal College of Art, worked for Missoni in Italy and made the monumental decision to start my own label.

During my studies, like most of my peers, I was always determined that I would be sensible, work hard and land my dream job after graduating.  It turned out that I did land the job that I always thought I wanted, and it was amazing - but I began to  have this nagging feeling that it wasn't me.  So in January I returned to my family home to set up my own label.

This year I've had times where I've been run off my feet with freelance work, and times when I wonder what on earth I'm doing.  But regardless of those scary moments this past year I've been so happy, so fulfilled and so empowered.  Most of the time I'm winging it, but I don't wing the same thing twice.  I've learnt so much this year and done things I've never thought I'd be able to do.

I made the decision a few months ago to apply to Fashion Scout  to exhibit a collection at London Fashion Week.  I was offered an exhibition space and so I began working on my first collection as a graduate (and a grown up!).

 

My studio - with my pride and joy 12gauge knitting machine.  ft. Missoni cushion.

My hard working studio assistant - Morse

The beginning of the new collection.

Spinexpo Photo Shoot

Caitlin Charles-Jones

This is the outfit I made for a project aimed at showing the new and modern ways we can use cashmere.  The idea was to create light and airy summer pieces to move away from the idea of woolly jumpers!

The outfit along with other pieces created by my fellow students is being exhibited at the Spinexpo trade show in Shanghai on the 11th of March.