For their AW17 collection, Brixtol are channelling their inner adventurer.
The Swedish label’s latest line sees them drawing inspiration from Sir John Franklin’s failed search for the infamous Northwest Passage in 1845. After just two months, the expedition – which included 24 Royal Navy officers and 110 men aboard two ships – had completely vanished. Several rescue missions embarked to no avail, until, in 1857 Captain F. L. McClintock discovered the remains of a camp along with a note detailing the fate of the lost crew.
According to the note, Sir Franklin had died in June 1847 with command passing to Francis Crozier, who had attempted to lead the 105 survivors through the arctic wilderness and back to the mainland. Nothing is known of what happened to Crozier and his crew, though many speculate they lived aboard the ships until as late as 1950 before they eventually sank the depths of the sea.
If that all sounds a bit morbid, it’s because it absolutely is – but you only need to watch an episode of The Killing to understand that Scandinavians enjoy that kind of thing. Brixtol’s collection hones in on the mythology of the tragic mission, diving into the archives and artefacts that accompany the expedition’s story in order to present a range of outerwear fit for the most brutally intrepid of journeys. It looks nice, too – which is always a plus.
Take a peek at some images from the lookbook below.
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Words by Niall Flynn