Mount Snowdon has inspired many forms of creativity throughout the centuries, from artist J. M. W. Turner’s Mount Snowdon ‘Afterglow’ in 1798 to poet William Wordsworth’s ‘Snowdon’ in 1850.

For 2015 Mount Snowdon acts as a source of inspiration again in the Hardy Amies Autumn/Winter collection. Both poet and painter’s studies provided a foundation for Hardy Amies Creative Director Mehmet Ali resulting in his own response to their work, uniting a trilogy of great names.


The essence of Hardy Amies lies in contemporary tailoring, this season reimagined in Turner’s hues of dark conifer, mottled terracotta and clay blue. Fabrication and techniques tell the story for Autumn/Winter, with a mountaineering ‘tube rope’ commonly used by climbers reworked in printed flannel suiting as a graphic woven pattern.

This rope inspired effect runs throughout the collection, from down filled outerwear pieces in nylon technical canvas such as a fur trimmed parka and short mac, to chunky ‘tube rope’ knits.


This functional aesthetic is offset with softer boucle wool highlights, reminiscent of the Snowdonian landscape. Again, tailoring sits at the forefront of the boucle theme, introducing an oversized birdseye specked wool suit complete with Hardy Amies signature unstructured jacket and patch pocket detail.

Seasonal colours are continued throughout the boucle wool tailoring, with highlights including a checked terracotta single breasted suit. A fur hooded expedition parka in grey boucle wool continues the Hardy Amies made in the UK initiative, standing out with it’s Turner inspired central golden degradé detail.


A teasel effect completes the mountainous journey of the Autumn/Winter collection. Tailoring highlights include Ali’s signature take on contemporary evening wear, which for Autumn/Winter offers a jacquard silk jacket in the traditional house palette of French navy with undertones of grey, woven with the subtly distinguishable pattern of teasel heads.

The old English technique of teasel brushed wool continues this theme throughout, being deployed in degradé mohair knits and a double-breasted overcoat, styled with printed brushed cotton shirting depicting a teasel head motif.


Accessories for Autumn/Winter include an exciting new collaboration with renowned shoe manufacture Tricker’s. Topical mountain boots and mountain brogue boots are complimented by classics in seasonal hues, including velvet slippers in a rich conifer tone and brogues in clay blue.

Technical rope canvas backpacks and degradé boucle bags including a duffle bag and oversized zip top tote are the perfectly balanced combination of functional yet covetable, epitomising the versatility of the Hardy Amies collection.

Hardy Amies (8 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PE)