Brand Watch: Five of Us
If you're of a slightly nostalgic disposition, you love Anne of Green Gables and the idea (although not the practicality!) of heading to the general store to buy yards of organdie and poplin to run up a dress, appeals, then you will love new made-to-order label, Five of Us.
Designed by founder Queralt Ferrer, an experienced global design and creative director, the collection is inspired by her fond childhood memories of growing up in Barcelona as the youngest of five children - hence the name!
The collection is made from sustainably sourced fabrics and has a distinctly hand-made feel, featuring time old traditional finishes such as delicate lace detailing, pleats and intricate knitting patterns. Many of these finishes are made by small family-run businesses and artisans that have specialised in their skill for generations. Although we'd say most of the pieces in the collection refer to charming vintage silhouettes and details, there are some more contemporary items including two jumpsuits, a cropped blouse and some relaxed pinafores that would work just as well over a t-shirt as they would over a lace trimmed blouse. Parents will also be pleased to know that every piece is machine washable!
What stands out most about this brand for us, is the stunning fabrics used to create each garment. The subtle, delicate patterns look as if they've been waiting patiently in great grandmother's linen store, while the soft hues and dimpled muslins feel light and fresh with a beautiful softness about them. The knitwear made from recycled Italian Merino wool is also particularly beautiful with a high quality, substantial feel. A wear with everything cable knit sweater in grey and an oversize ribbed cardigan stand out in particular.
As well as being beautiful to look at, this collection is incredibly well considered. Each piece can be adapted with a choice of collars and fabrics or personalised with initials and every item has been designed with maximum longevity and comfort in mind; adjustable drawstring waists and straps extend the lives of each dress, skirt and jumpsuit and a generous 10 centimetres is factored into hems so that they can be lengthened as children grow. Brilliant!
Five of Us is a beautiful, sustainably made collection that will be handed down through families and very special friends - if you can bear to part with them.