Brethyn Clwyd came about as a collaborative idea between the Clwyd 2020 President Elect and Patrick Joseph.
We wanted to mark Clwyd becoming the feature county for the RWAS in 2020.
We started with the idea of creating a landscape print of the Vale of Clwyd.
We commissioned the Welsh artist and print maker Ann Lewis. Ann has taken the view from Rhuallt Hill as her start point for an artists lino cut print.
We had the idea to create a garment and have it made in Wales. We looked at the iconic and much loved classic Gillet and decided that it would be the perfect canvass for our print development.
We began reworking the age old garment with the purpose of breathing new life into this much loved classic by reengineering every aspect including the fit, shape and each fine detail. This is where Patrick went through a long list of his suppliers. We decided to use real horn buttons and selected a very traditional cotton cilecia to be the garment lining.
There will be three editions of Brethyn Clwyd.
Edition One is being made from a cotton moleskin which comes in three colors; Deep Claret, Forrest Green and Gunmetal Navy. Each colorway has its own contrasting lining.
Edition Two will initially be available in two colors; indigo and soft tan which are made from hand loomed organic Indian cotton. The fabric Is sourced through Patrick’s fabric supplier in Machynlleth, Mid Wales and is a partnership between them and a GOTS certified mill in Kerela, South India. These garments will be lined in a cotton lawn digital print.
Edition Three is currently in development. This is will be the first garment to be lined in the Brethyn Clwyd digital print. There will be several options for the outer fabric, from smart to workwear.
Brethyn Clwyd will be available for purchase at Clwyd 2020 and RWAS events. Garments will also be available at open days at the Patrick Joseph Studio in St Asaph (Patrick Joseph website link with open day details to be added)