The ESP scarves and bags are part of Kristine Five Melvær’s collab with ESP and Røros Tweed. The collab is launched as part of the ESP AW 2019 collection. ESP is the fashion brand of Elisabeth Stray Pedersen, an entrepreneur who also runs the Lillunn factory in Oslo. Since both the factory and Melvær had a history with Røros Tweed, and valued their exquisite quality, it was natural to ask them to produce the textile.
This means that the garments have a full Norwegian value chain. A carefully sorted blend of Norwegian lambs wool is carded, spun, twisted, dyed, woven and finished at Røros Tweed´s facilities in Røros, before the textile is sown into garments at the Lillunn factory in Oslo. The textile is specially designed for each product, with graphic motifs that relates to the three-dimensional shapes. This acts as a visualization of the close dialogue between and geographical closeness of the three partners, and is also a contrast to the repetitive patterns of fast fashion.
The inspiration behind the garments is about strength. The expression is graphic and powerful, inspired by athletic motifs such as the seam of a baseball and the lines of sports fields. The bags also have names inspired by this theme, and their function is ment to help to get things done. Whether you carry what you need for a meeting in the large Getting There Bag or have your arms free when using the smaller On Track Bag, or use the yoga belt that acts as a carrier strap on the Time Out Yoga Bag during your training. The Gear Up Scarf can be used as a scarf, cape or small blanket, adapting to the different situations of everyday life.
Photo: Torjus Berglid
Model: Silje Mari / Heartbreak
Styling: Elisabeth Stray Pedersen
Makeup: Charlotte Wold
Producer: ESP / Røros Tweed