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Designer Spotlight


01 December 2013
Botanist Top, Sketch, Partimi SS14
Botanist Top, Sketch, Partimi SS14

“I think what Eleanor is doing at Partimi shows that great clothes can come with great, sustainable processes and materials – you can feel great wearing one of her t-shirt dresses not only because of how it was made, but because of how it makes you look!” Caroline Issa, Executive Fashion Director, TANK Magazine

PARTIMI was founded by London-based designer Eleanor Dorrien-Smith. Eleanor graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Fashion and Print in June 2008 and she worked for Mary Katrantzou, John Galliano, Eley Kishimoto and Tata-Naka before setting up PARTIMI.

Stemming from the architectural term parti (being the conceptual starting point of a design project) the PARTIMI label was formed to create striking, uncontrived designs, defined by intriguing concepts and an inherent environmental edge.

PARTIMI’s latest collection was influenced by Eleanor’s childhood spent on the Island of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly. “I spent 11 years of my life there. It’s very rustic, coastal and so this is kind of the reason for the landscape print. It’s not a very picturesque cliff face, but it’s very wild. I like the imperfection, I just think that’s very beautiful.”

The breathtaking Gardens at Tresco Abbey formed the basis to the unique summer russet print of the Garden Kaftan, whilst the quietly vivid hues of watercolour comprising her sketch print were inspired by arranging book covers and then hand-drawing the resulting collage. “They’re actually my favourite books from the time: JD Salinger’s ‘Nine Stories,’ Kerouac’s ‘Lonesome Traveler’ and Hemingway’s ‘Old Man and the Sea.’

“Like every great buy, Eleanor’s clothes represent far more than the sum of their parts, containing memories, moments and imprints of experiences; a unique emotional patina that’s a secret share between you and the garment.”  Alex McIntosh, Contributing Writer to i-D online.

Summer Russet Kaftan, Partimi SS14
Detail, Partimi SS14


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