Our Preview Collection has landed, and with it a bumper crop of fresh new prints. Set in an old orchard in the English countryside, our evocative designs help to conjure up the late summer harvest, with an abundance of ripe fruits and orchard flowers coloured in sun-dappled shades. Here’s a taste of our new Preview prints.
England is famed for its traditional apple and pear varieties and old orchards, so our starting point for the collection was to design a hero print featuring an abundance of these favourite fruits. Inspired by our collection of vintage fruit prints, we’ve created Apples and Pears (above), applying the classic painterly artwork style we often use for our floral designs to this fruity new subject. The fruit has been carefully painted with colourful brushstrokes so that you can almost feel the sun ripening it as a breeze rustles the leaves. Pick your own on new bags plus a collared dress and full skirt in soft cotton.
As usual our orchard theme inspired several different prints, so joining Apples and Pears are a couple of fruity new spins on our classic graphic ditsy florals; Apple Ditsy, featuring apple silhouettes brimming with little flowers, and Little Fruit, a fruit machine full of colourful mini apples, pears and cherries. Find Apple Ditsy on kitchen essentials and kit for kids, and Little Fruit on accessories for children and grown ups – there’s even an apple-shaped key fob!
For fashion, we’ve cherry-picked a sophisticated fruit silhouette print with a subtle nod to Forties tea dress prints. Find Cherry Stamp charcoal on vintage-inspired frocks and blouses that will see you through summer and into autumn, plus a soft cream colourway on frame washbags (above) that will bring a touch of vintage glamour to your dressing table.
Our fruity Preview prints needed some floral friends to complete the collection, so we created some new designs also inspired by orchards. Orchard Bloom (above) is our latest full bloom floral, a big, bold design that references antique upholstery fabric and is coloured in sun-bleached late summer shades. We’ve used it for home and fashion, on everything from plump cushions and kitchen textiles to a favourite dress style and our essential foldaway travel bag.
Fans of our classic midscale florals such as Spray Flowers and Kingswood Rose will love Thorp Flowers and its fresh and cheerful colour palette of apple red and green. Besides our bestselling zipped handbag, backpack, carry all bag and busy bag, we’ve put these pretty blooms all over our new clear Birdcage umbrella – just the thing for brightening up a rainy day!
We also thought of the beautiful blossoms that cover fruit trees earlier in the year, creating our own take on Orchard Blossom with a carpet of pretty, sketchy blooms in three rich colour ways for late summer and early autumn. Find all three on a variety of accessories, from wallets to luggage tags, plus the charcoal version on a chic, leather-trimmed cross-body bag (above) and oversized tote, khaki on a flippy skirt and sleeveless dress and cobalt on a soft shawl that will look great with denim.
Our final floral features more pretty blossoms, as well as our classic roses. A star of the latest Cath Kids collection, Orchard Ditsy looks lovely on frocks with fluttery sleeves, girlie handbags and mini rucksacks (below).