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The classic white cotton shirt from Palmer / / Harding’s Spring Summer 2012 Collection

Image sourced from Palmer / / HardingWebsite Photographer Duane Nasis

Welcome to the world of Palmer / / Harding, a women’s and men’s designer label launched in 2011 by a innovative duo Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding. With pieces being featured in Vogue Italia, Instyle, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle UK just to name a few, the UK based label has quickly risen to fame. The two designers met at Central Saint Martins in 2007 after Palmer moved from Dallas, both left as MA graduates to conquer the quest for the perfect white shirt. Their love for the white shirt has been the catalyst and the driving force behind the label creating effortlessly beautiful and timeless pieces. Matthew expressed to 1 Granary in an interview with Altynai Osmoeva how the white cotton shirt is a vital part of their label We strive to add modernity to something that is so classic. When you understand the language of the shirt, you see that there can be some design details that you are not familiar with, but at the same time, it is a cotton shirt and a lot of them are white, so you have a language of how to wear a white cotton shirt.” (Read full interview on 1 Granary here)

Their collections are constantly evolving keeping the fashion world enticed by their chic tailoring and minimalistic approach to design. The impressive Autumn Winter 2013 women’s collection was a clear reflection to label’s growing success, when they strayed away from being strictly shirts. Monochromatic elegance was showcased in perfectly crisp shirts, tailored black pants and sculptured skirts as seen below.

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Models walk the runway in Palmer / / Harding white and black elegance

Image sourced from Palmer / / Harding Website

These talented craftsmen have won the NEWGEN sponsorship with their outstanding presentation at London fashion week with their first collection, which shined a bright spotlight on the label. It’s events like these that have won over the hearts of high-end retailers Moda Operandi, Dover Street market, Fivestory and Louis Boston. Most recently Palmer and Harding have taken under new sponsorship with Cotton USA, propelling the brand to reach greater feats of success. Matthew shared one of their highlights from the sponsorship with Cotton USA on their website “They’ve really kindly sponsored us with, this really luxurious soft cotton that’s twice the thread count as previous fabrics we’ve been using and it’s just a real pleasure to work with.” (Learn more about Cotton USA and read the full interview here)

In their most recent Spring Summer 2014 Women and Men’s collection, the creative duo presented a euphoric blend of blues and whites. Their women’s wear collection created a beautiful story that showcased white shirts, cool blue tailored dresses and water flowing skirts, paired with a natural make up palette.
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Palmer / / Harding Spring Summer 2014 Runway show

Image sourced from Palmer / / Harding Website

Palmer and Harding played with their iconic white shirt representing it in cool blue shades and monochrome in their Spring Summer 2014 menswear collection, as shown below.
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Image sourced from Palmer / / HardingWebsite Photographer Cecilie Harris

Continue to fall in love with the white shirt and keep yourself up to date with Palmer / / Harding by following their Facebook, Instagram or just by visiting their website here.

Words By Fashion Writer: Aicha Robertson
Editor: Florence Bailey