I find it hard to imagine anyone who upon meeting Aymee, wouldn’t be instantly charmed. Softly spoken, she speaks with conviction about her love of minimalist Scandinavian and Japanease design, organic fabrics, zero waste production and cats. It’s impossible not to love her.
Charlton’s come a long way since I first girl crushed on her a year and a half ago. She had launched a collection of kitten inspired scarves so I knew from the start we were on the same wave length, though when she sent through images of her latest collection? Well if my love hadn’t been cemented already it was now. She wants to create something that is anti-fast fashion but still at an accessible price point. So often it seems like shopping ethically and shopping within a reasonable budget couldn’t be at further ends of the spectrum but Charlton puts that to rest. Using organic, ethically sourced fabrics, Charlton has created a collection that starts from £20 for accessories and £75 for clothing, putting it in league with the likes of your premium high street.
It’s a gorgeous collection of heavy textured fabrics from thick cottons, bamboo fabric and boiled wool. Most of them are in their natural state but those that weren’t have been dyed using organic matter. Designed for versatility and gender fluidity in mind, THREE can be worn layered up and on different parts of the body to build completely different looks. It’s a capsule wardrobe inspired by raw coastlines, the highlands with more than a nod or two to Yohji Yamamato and Vika Gazinskaya. In short, it’s kind of perfect.
Aymee’s website launches next Thursday, 9th of July at 7pm, with the collection available to buy there and then. There’s never been a better time to invest in Scottish design.