I happened upon an age-old woolen mill in Scotland that maintains an enormous library of traditional family tartans for every genealogical lineage ever to inhabit the British Empire. I was fascinated with this entire world of familial colors and was lamenting that in our world of modern American sportswear, we make no allowance for heritage and have very little reverence for tradition. It’s a fashion world where nearly everything goes. My mind began to wander into a scenario where an American modernist was forced to live in a traditional manor in the English countryside. Just how would these two aesthetics marry…What would her wardrobe morph into in seasons to come?
This season, look for tartan plaid trousers and skirts paired with English chintz printed poplin shirtings, bias tartan trimmed lace pleated skirts and lace smocks reminiscent of delicately crocheted doilies for the English influence. The American modernist aesthetic is evidenced in sleek, body conscious suits, woolens silver foil printed to look like chromed metal, jackets pared of detailing to the point of having only a pin for closure, or a skirt constructed of a single seam.
About R. Scott French
From panties to pants… In early 1999, co-founder and designer of the French Jenny Lingerie collection, Scott French sold his stake in the multi-million dollar company to pursue his dream of designing men’s wear. Since then, the R. Scott French label has developed into a complete collection of better men’s and women’s sportswear that strikes a balance between item driven diversity and a cohesive development of a designer look.
A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Scott was first introduced to sewing by his grandmother who would regularly include him in her quilting circles. Not only did he quickly become adept with a needle and thread, but he immediately realized that this new- found hobby served as a creative outlet as well. To this day, Scott credits that experience with having shaped his acute understanding of the geometry of design, and instilled in him the a deep appreciation of an American art form, as evidenced in his sleek & linear sportswear designs.
A graduate of Albright College in Reading, PA, Scott honed his skills in the fashion industry with an eclectic experience ranging from retail and wholesale, to design and production. Scott has a solid understanding of every aspect vital to any collection’s success. Globally sourced and manufactured, the collection perfectly marries the use of the richest European fabrics and yarns with a distinct American sportswear sensibility.
For Fall/Winter 1999, the R. Scott French Collection debuted at the height of New York’s fashion week with a stellar 7th on sixth runway presentation. Entitled “Real Men, Real Style”, Scott showcased the collection on men from all walks of life which included Tony Award Winner Alan Cumming, major league baseball players Bret Saberhagan, John Franco, Scott Erickson & John Valentin, FDNY firefighters & a full-time father, among others, to illustrate how the collection’s style complemented any individual’s personal aesthetic.
Having received a healthy endorsement from some of the country’s most prestigious specialty retailers within its first season, the R. Scott French collection strives to maintain an accessible price range, without compromising its level of forward thinking creativity or its ever present sense of fun! Scott charted new ground for the Fall/Winter 2001 season with his addition to his first full collection of women’s wear. Designed with the same trademark driving principles as the men’s wear collection, his women’s collection was an instant hit with insiders.