My London: Kit Neale – Fashion Designer

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Kit Neale is an internationally renowned designer working in the fields of fashion, printmaking, interiors and creative direction. With a singular and inimitable style, Neale continues to push the boundaries of design with fearless determination. Kit’s latest collaboration is the Karabiner Collection for Mountain Warehouse. Designed for festival goers who enjoy looking good while they embrace the great outdoors. A passionate explorer himself, Kit draws inspiration from wherever he treads creating bold prints inspired by the sights, sounds and flavours of his favourite destinations.

The 26-piece collection includes T-shirts, jackets, wellies and a sleeping bag, amongst many other items. It is available now exclusively online and at the Mountain Warehouse store in London’s Covent Garden.

We caught up with Kit for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview collection.

 

Favourite neighbourhood:

I’m obsessed by Crystal Palace. Lots to do; excellent vintage hauls and treasure troves of junk.

 

Favourite place for brunch:

After home (we’re pretty good breakfast cooks at my digs) it would be The Wolseley or The Modern Pantry perhaps.

 

Best coffee in London:

I had a sexy flat white at Coal Room’s in Peckham last week.

 

Favourite gallery or museum:

Currently the Horniman museum, mainly because they have a Dodo made with a chickens head, geese features and an ostrich.

 

Tell us a secret:

I already have, Crystal Palace is amazing!

 

Favourite place to shop:

Crystal Palace is probably the only place in London you could buy rare mid-century furniture and a rare exotic reptile within 100 yards of each other.

 

Favourite place to find inspiration:

Anywhere that is not Google.com or Instagram. I preach that a lot to students. London has something inspiring around every corner as cheesy as that sounds.

 

Best London destination for a date:

I had the best date at Crate in Hackney Wick once. I sat on the barge with a handsome fella, ate Pizza, drink ale and then had to be carried home.

 

Favourite park:

Crystal Palace! I might be overly enthusiastic on the neighbourhood but where else could you find full-sized model dinosaurs with proportions incorrect by modern standard, alongside fountain towers designed by Brunel, some Egyptian sphinxes and a garden maze?

 

Favourite food market:

I’m not going to opt for another one of those street food stall places but suggest everyone take a visit to SeeWoo Foods in East Greenwich. Aside from ‘the worlds saddest aquarium’ with live lobsters and eels waiting to meet their destiny, it has best verity of ingredients for pan asian cooking and amazing staff.

 

Your sanctuary in the city:

Bed.

 

What inspires you?

I draw inspiration from a variety of sources. For my recent project with Mountain Warehouse it was travelling, a bit George Michael tongue in cheek references, David Hockney and being outdoors. You should check it out.

 

This season I’m loving:

That Karabiner collection Kit Neale has done for Mountain Warehouse (shameless self promotion!)

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