THERE ARE REQUIREMENTS FOR SURVIVAL – AND THEN THERE ARE REASONS TO LIVE
HOLLAND AND HOLLAND is a brand rooted in adventure and, this season, Stella Tennant and Isabella Cawdor have transported its British eclecticism into new terrain. Finding inspiration in the furthest reaches of Mongolia, each piece in their collection is as suited to distant plains as the Yorkshire moors, and as fit for ferocious winds as April showers. These are clothes designed for days of exploration: layers of cashmere can be peeled off as the sun rises; stormproof trenches might turn to picnic blankets by lunchtime.
SPRING/SUMMER 2018 is presented through a series of images captured in the same region that informed its design. “Stella and I are naturally inquisitive; we love to see how people live in different cultures, with different languages,” explains Cawdor. “We’re intrigued by human nature, especially in places where people are so in tune with the natural world.”
Nowhere is better to prove these pieces fit for purpose than amisdt the vast Mongolian landscape – but while resolute practicality is at the very core of the brand, so too is the careful refinement of a luxury house.
Alongside insulation thermal knits, cosy woollen socks and reversible outerwear; versatile aertex shirts and lightweight linen shorts come ties hand-embroidered in Parisian ateliers, uniquely developed tweeds and silken scarves decorated by Hugo Guinness. “These are clothes for someone who sees a distant horizon, who wants to travel and explore the world,” says Tennant. “But when you’re in the wilderness, you want to feel that the human hand is close.” After all, there are requirements for survival – and then there are reasons to live.