There is an anthropological aspect to the work of British born Claire Campbell, in particular an interest in the cultural and sociological history of clothing. HIGH by Claire Campbell demonstrates an acute understanding and knowledge of work wear, utility clothing and uniform. The HIGH USE design philosophy highlights the traditional links between garment and purpose, between the physical body and activity. Rather than following transient fashion trends, Campbell is concerned with quality and craftsmanship, clothing that is durable, functional and relevant to everyday life. Combining utility with beauty constitutes the core of the house’s design philosophy, along with a commitment to a programme of research and development into the latest fabric and clothing manufacturing technologies.
The Falun mineworker became something of a national figure over the centuries. The highly skilled free workers earned themselves a historic reputation for technological innovation, bravery and hard work. It is this commitment to work and enterprise as illustrated by the history of Falun’s copper mine, that HIGH USE pays tribute to. The concept of Everyday Couture, represented in these collections, is based around an exceptional combination of craft and conscientious design. Claire Campbell produces pieces for HIGH that are durable, practical and beautiful, carrying the heritage of utility clothing forward into the twenty-first century.