Fashion all stitched up

Sophie Galloway, Anna Carslaw and Tilda Hayward-Daventry model knitwear from Largoward designer Di Gilpin's LARGO range

Sophie Galloway, Anna Carslaw and Tilda Hayward-Daventry model knitwear from Largoward designer Di Gilpin's LARGO range

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It wasn’t quite the catwalks of London Fashion Week, but it was certainly good fun for north east Fife youngsters when they were involved in the launch of Largoward knitwear designer Di Gilpin’s new range.

Three sixth-formers from St Leonards School, along with two former pupils strutted their stuff in front of the camera to promote the new Largo range.

Sophie Galloway from Auchtermuchty and Tilda Hayward-Daventry from Kincaple, are studying for the International Baccalaureate, while St Andrews’ Anna Carslaw has just left St Leonards.

They were joined in the shoot by Luke Wiseman from St Andrews and Guy Wade from Den of Lindores, who has just left school and is enjoying a gap year.

Largo is Di’s first venture into a lifestyle and homeware collection – until now she has been known for her tailor-made, hand-knitted designer wear for women which retail of upwards of £200.

Her new collection is men and boys, for babies and the home, as well as for women and girls, and inspired by the scenery that surrounds her. Largo prices start at £10 for a lambswool iPhone cover, rising to £125 for the Eriskay snood.

Di describes Largo as: “a brand for those seeking affordable luxury”.

She added: “We’re providing off-the-peg clothing and accessories to a new market, alongside the bespoke, made-to-order hand-knits we produce under the original Di Gilpin brand.

“Largo pieces are designer-label cool without the designer-label price-tag.”

The first Largo items are being sold online via the Di Gilpin website: www.digilpin.com.

Traditionally Di Gilpin’s knitters produce to order high-end, luxurious designer pieces that can take some weeks to make, with a price tag to match the bespoke nature of the work.

Earlier this summer, Di’s designs led the parade at the opening gala of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival showcasing clothes she had designed and created herself, using the finest Chinese cashmere.

From a start in Skye more than 30 years ago, her business now extends worldwide, using 90 home-knitters.