Fashion designer and ski enthusiast Neil Barrett has put his unique spin on traditional skiwear with his debut winter activewear collection.
The Devon-hailing designer, who studied fashion at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, is known for the minimal language he developed while Senior Men’s Designer at Gucci, after which he established menswear at Prada. Since launching his eponymous menswear line in 1999, that stripped back approach has combined Italian craftsmanship with high-tech sportswear – a duality that’s particularly apparent in his new athletic range.
Barrett, an avid skier who takes to the slopes of Cervinia, St. Moritz and Gstaad yearly, has created a collection comprised of hoodies, quilted outerwear and ski-pants. High-performance materials were given a dash of luxe Italian flair by the way of bold graphics and subtle tailoring details. Hoodies are emblazoned with silver thunderbolt motifs, elsewhere ski-pants feature front pleats and tuxedo stripes and jackets include bold chevron stripes, giving the collection a retro-futuristic feel.
Clothes fit for snow-keen Barrett fans – and no doubt set for a workout from the designer himself come winter.
Neil Barrett’s ski collection will be available from December at Harrods and Selfridges.