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CASE STUDY: Katharine Hamnett


Establishing her eponymous brand in 1979, Katharine Hamnett firmly placed her stamp on the fashion industry and anti-war, anti-nuke and pro-environmental movements with her boldface lettered slogan T-shirts.
As an avid political campaigner, Hamnett endorses her activism through her utilitarian and graphic ready-to-wear lines; first seen in her AW83 collection ‘Choose Life’ and most notably her ‘58% Don’t Want Pershing’ T-shirt carrying an anti-nuclear message towards the installation of US warheads on British Soil which garnered high publicity when she wore it to meet Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Downing Street who was sanctioning the stationing.
Throughout the 90s Hamnett’s awareness of the fashion industry’s devastating impacts on the ecosystem increased which culminated in her swap to producing 100% organic clothing which included a full commitment to fairly farmed cotton after being exposed to the true cost of cotton agriculture on a trip to West Africa with Oxfam in 1993.
Today, Hamnett continues her sustainable approach to production with a focus on utility fabrications and a unisex sensibility. Her AW17 collection, exclusive to LN-CC, features pieces based upon archival collections including silk padded dressing gown coats, recycled nylon bomber jackets, signature V-neck detail crew sweaters crafted from organic cotton and relaxed fit pants with functional hardware. Explore the limited collection online and in-store.

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Images: Katharine Hamnett Archive