Former British VOGUE stylist Pippa Holt works with artisans to create handmade kaftans using traditional techniques. The kaftans are created with ease and versatility in mind - "they pack small, work day and night, on a beach, in a city, with or without a belt," she explains. This terracotta single panel version of No.39 is made from naturally dyed cotton. The terracotta colour is made using splintered oak logs which are soaked in room temperature water for a few days and the boiled for 2-3 hours to produce the dye. It is difficult to find the right bunch of logs which produces the exact shade that is required. Therefore no two kaftans are the same and terracotta kaftans are limited. +
The Pippa Holt kaftan label is a celebration of Holt’s love of indigenous textiles, bold colours and far-flung travel. Collaborating with a group of artisans in a remote part of Mexico (Felipa, head weaver has been weaving for more than 50 years), together they have created a range of bold, colourful and stylish kaftans that exude an understated luxury which works as well in the city as it does on the beach.
Holt's editorial background as a stylist at British Vogue, a degree in fashion design combined with her love of travel is very much evident in her collection. Growing up on the beaches of Australia, she was inspired by her grandmother's style of tropical dressing at her seaside holiday home on The Great Barrier Reef.