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Cornish Summers

Cornwall has always been the backdrop to creativity at Seasalt and for SS19, their design team explored the special connection between their coastal home and pioneering sisters, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.


The carefree childhood summers they spent in St Ives made a profound and lasting impression. Away from the confines of their London lives, the girls flourished in the creative and physical freedom of Cornwall. From their daily walks in West Penwith to sea swims and rock-pooling at Porthminster Beach, Virginia remembers these summers as, “the best beginning to life conceivable”.


This season, Seasalt designers delved deep into the works of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell to create a collection steered by artistic visionaries and literary landscapes.


A vivid new colour story draws on the gorse blooms and granite of Gurnard’s Head, the vibrant streets and studios of St Ives and the uplifting colours of Vanessa Bell’s paintings.


In their prints, Seasalt reference the places Vanessa and Virginia treasured, throughout their lives. Their new wave print is inspired by the crashing seas at Godrevy Lighthouse, later immortalised in one of Virginia’s most famous novels. Expressive florals and abstract patterns are a nod to the wild gardens and colourful interiors at Charleston, the country home of the Bloomsbury Group, where Vanessa lived for 40 years.


It’s a collection that captures the mood of Cornish summers gone by, offering an effortless wardrobe of complementary styles for the sun-drenched days to come.