The Prince of Wales’s charity The Prince’s Foundation has launched a luxury capsule menswear and womenswear collection with global online fashion retailer Yoox Net-A-Porter.
Heir to the throne Charles, who has won plaudits for his own sartorial style, said he was “enormously impressed” by the 18-piece ready-to-wear sustainable range and that it was “fascinating to see the end result”.
The Yoox Net-A-Porter for The Prince’s Foundation label is the culmination of The Modern Artisan project, which gave students from the UK and Italy the chance to design and make the sustainable line of outfits as part of a new textiles skills training initiative.
The sleek, stylish clothes – 10 pieces of womenswear and eight of menswear – were inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci, from his knots to his studies of drapery, engineering and anatomy.
Prices range from £395 to £1,295, with each item crafted to last a lifetime – in keeping with the heir to the throne’s belief that there needs to be a different approach to throwaway clothes.
Among the womenswear pieces is a rust-coloured pussy-bow silk blouse priced at £635; a navy pleated silk midi dress costing £795; checked cashmere wide-leg trousers (£895); a navy double-breasted herringbone cashmere jumpsuit (£895); a belted double-breasted Merino wool camel coat (£1,295), and a cable-knit turtleneck sweater for £395.
The menswear includes a grey padded cashmere bomber jacket (£1,250), a cream cable-knit rollneck sweater (£510) and grey Merino wool blend casual drawstring trousers (£695).
Six Italian students from the Politecnico di Milano designed the clothes, while the Foundation worked with six graduates from the UK, who took part in a specially designed training course in luxury small batch artisanal production skills and traditional craftsmanship at Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Scotland.
All profits will go to The Prince’s Foundation to support its training programmes to help preserve traditional skills.
The prince said of the collection that he was “enormously impressed by the effort that’s gone into it and by the ideas, the visions that these students have had”.
He added “The key it seems to me is to rediscover the importance that nature plays in all this and where the natural materials come from.
“It seems utter madness to have this approach which takes, makes and throws away.”
The range is made from all natural fibres including cashmere and wool from Scottish textiles firm Johnstons of Elgin, organic eco-silk sourced from Italy, and mother of pearl button fastenings.
Left-over scraps of fabric and offcuts were used for school and sensory projects to ensure there was no waste.