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From the New Forest to New York – designers Sara Tiara and Kate Collison to showcase clothing at fashion show in US

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A NEW Forest tailor has teamed up with a local tartan designer to collaborate on a clothing range which is set to make its debut at a high profile fashion show in New York later this month.

Tailor and milliner Sara Tiara, who runs a boutique in Lymington High Street, has partnered with New Forest Tartan designer Kate Collison for the show on 23rd July.

Sara’s signature garments in Harris Tweed, which are finished with exclusively designed silk lining, are inspired by both the countryside and by metropolitan, avant-garde and historical influences, bringing a quintessentially British style to life.

Sara and Kate's winter collection from last year
Sara and Kate's winter collection from last year

Kate, who founded New Forest Tartan in 2017, went on to win the New Forest National Park Authority’s award for outstanding contribution just a year later. She has five different styles – the original New Forest tartan, plus four different shades for each season.

Their designs, inspired by the local area, will be showcased at New York City’s Dressed to Kilt show, an annual fashion extravaganza co-founded by Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery in 2003 that raises funds to benefit military families including the Navy SEAL Foundation.

The theme of this year’s show is ‘Dress for Adventure – From the Highlands to the Hamptons’, and will feature clothing for outdoor activity and entertaining.

Models in previous shows have included Sir Sean himself, as well as actor Gerard Butler, singer Rod Stewart, rugby player Thom Evans and actress Andie MacDowell.

Sara will travel to the US for the event, taking with her five female outerwear looks, made from her trademark tweed designs as well as Kate’s tartan – which she calls “tweed with a twist”.

An outfit from last year's collection
An outfit from last year's collection

“I was introduced to Kate by a mutual friend around four years ago and we did a winter tartan collection last year,” she said.

“I was invited to exhibit at the Dressed to Kilt show and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use Kate’s tartan. Her whole ethos fits in with mine as we are both into heritage fashion, and we are both passionate about the New Forest.”

Sara added: “We used to have a shop in Portobello Road in London so we have always had a lot of American customers who love tweed – I am sure they will love Kate’s tartan.”

Fresh from returning from New York, Sara will join Kate at the New Forest Show to jointly exhibit their designs, which will include a specially designed equestrian show jacket.

Kate, who is sponsoring the show’s daily grand parade, told the A&T: “From the New Forest to New York and back - it is really exciting. I have had international customers before and have sent items to private customers in America, Canada and Australia; but it’s great that the tartan is going to be on display on a catwalk in New York.”

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