It also made me think about the fabrics we use and work with in the collections at Connolly… and I wondered if you knew that every print we commission is created and designed especially for us by our designer, Marc Audibet. Working with mills in Italy and France these limited edition patterns and prints are sampled and produced each season for his designs .. the silk voile leopard print, the ikat weave and the stripes, dyed especially so the colours match exactly to an antique piece of fabric. We are so lucky to be able to work with fabric mills like Lanificio Subalpino and Taroni to create this beauty and I always wonder if the customer ever knows how many hours of thought and inspiration and hard work have gone into the choice of colour palette, of fabric content, of weight, as well as the actual design and scale. It's this sort of attention that creates a collection that lives longer than a season and signifies not only quality but is much more efficient to produce as the quantities made can be smaller and are tailored for our actual consumption and thus better for the environment.
"Because Connolly always sought quality over quantity, it's about me refining the pieces each season... evolving them over time... and the essence of simplicity. It's the prints that I create which become the emotion in the collection... the charm."
- Marc Audibet
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