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BEHIND THE DESIGN:

THE ART OF A JACKET


June 15, 2016

The iconic jacket. It’s the one key piece found in every woman’s wardrobe. The coveted essential she builds upon season after season. But what makes a St. John knit jacket so unique? From the very first sketch to the yarn development and final assembly in our own Southern California workshops, our heritage comes to life through each tailored piece. See how our craft becomes couture and how it can only happen here. Shop the Textural Twill Frayed Knit Jacket.


Model wearing red Saint John knit jacket


 




Seamstress pinning jacket pattern on manican





 

A unique stitch is developed in-house with a collaboration of our designer and textile designers. During this process development can take up to 6 weeks to get the initial stitch just right to inspire the initial sketch.



Designer sketching red Saint John Jacket





 

Meticulous attention to detail is made with the pattern creation.



Photo of yarns being twisted to create knit





 

An innovative multi-step process twists various yarns to create exclusive blends that are used to create knitted fabric.



Close-up shot of knitting process with yarn





 

The yarns are dyed in-house to create the rich colored hues. From start to finish the yarn goes through the spinning, dyeing and coning process for onwards of up to 4 weeks.



Photo of jacket being made with advanced knit machine





 

Each jacket is knit sequentially with our own yarn on our own highly advanced knit machines from the same cone of yarn to ensure color consistency. This approach to creating knitted fabric has remained constant for the past 53 years and counting.

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