Makepiece in the name of Fashion

Beate Kubitz, creator Makepiece

Trending away from the bright orange hues of much of the catwalk looks, Beate Kubitz opted for an elegant tonal palette in shades of mauve, purple, violet, lilac and indigo for the spring summer 2013 offering for knitwear label, Makepiece.

Established in 2004, with creative partner Nicola Sherlock-Windle, deep in the Pennines, Makepiece prides itself on its ethical and sustainable values. Crafting beautiful knitted shrugs, wedding dresses and capes from yarns garnered from their own flock of Shetland sheep, the garments are then dyed 20 miles from where they are knitted at West Yorkshire yarn dyer, Paint Box Textiles.

Producing capsule collections twice yearly for the Autumn and Spring seasons, the label presents a classic range of accessories, including innovative knitted shrugs, dresses and outerwear with the designs taking their influence directly from the stunning Pennine landscape from which the label originated. Beautiful imagery shot on location in the Calder Valley lends the perfect visual setting for this British company.

The brand has also added an interesting twist to its signature shrug, with their ‘shrug in a bag’ concept. Transforming from a discreet knitted bag into a sheer, go-with-anything garment, the shrug in a bag is being touted as the ultimate summer companion. Each and every garment is labelled with the company’s coveted wooden ‘sheep-to-keep’ tags and yarn wraps which ensure the knitwear can be fixed to give maximum wearability.

Transcending trends and making knitwear cool, the spring summer 2013 collection is available at the Makepiece shop in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and online at


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