So you guys know how much I love a stripe, right? I know: borderline obsessed! No surprise then when I write how hard I am crushing on Ian Mankin’s new ‘Britannia’ fabric collection as the brand is known for their iconic stripe patterns. Britannia is the most extensive collection to date from the British fabric house and it launches at Decorex this September. I like the introduction of the intense, dark blue to the brand’s more pared-back wider palette. In total there are 15 new fabrics in the collection as well as 15 existing and recoloured classics. The best part? They all mix together to create an effortlessly stylish array of navy, red and neutral tones that’s perfect for creating a nautical look even in the darker autumn and winter months.
Can we please discuss that incredible indigo stripe? So good. I love the idea of using Ian Mankin’s fabric to create a luxurious bed canopy like this – so indulgent and with a wonderful mix of grad-meets-modern. All of the fabrics are woven at the brand’s Lancashire cotton mill, and the signature stripes, checks and plains come in a range of weights and weaves. One of the unexpected highlights is the plain and striped velvet, which is a collaboration between Ian Mankin and the UK’s only remaining velvet manufacturer. While velvets are traditionally dyed once woven, Ian Mankin velvet is woven from the brand’s own highest quality coloured cotton yarn. This helps to ensure not only a richness of colour but also that the fabric is less prone to crushing and marking than usual velvets. I love how the blue centric scheme feels cocooning yet fresh all at the same time, while the raspberry red is warm and enveloping which is ideal for the coming autumn months. Which of the new Ian Mankin’s fabric colours and patterns are catching your eye? | Posted in collaboration with Ian Mankin; all views my own