Working with a member of the family could be a dangerous transfer, however while you’re the McCartney sisters, it simply is sensible.
Drawing on their shared historical past of youthful years spent in Scotland, designer Stella and photographer Mary have teamed up with whisky model The Macallan to design TOGETHER: A Assortment for The Macallan by Stella and Mary McCartney, a life-style assortment that enhances the spirit’s heritage. Assume stylish homeware, a ceramic flask, brass items and a comfy blanket to wrap up in when the celebration inevitably strikes exterior.
To mark this collaboration – a primary for the sisters – we caught up with Stella and Mary to listen to extra about what it was like designing these luxurious items with the legendary distillery, in addition to what household holidays within the Scottish panorama had been like and the way these reminiscences have instantly formed their careers.
Your connection to Scotland is deep-rooted – are you able to inform me extra about that?
Stella: We grew up spending lots of time in a small Scottish farmhouse in the course of nowhere with solely our dad and mom, our siblings and nature for firm. When the Beatles broke up, we mainly moved there. It is the place Mary and I return to to recollect the happiest moments of our childhood. It impressed the whole lot.
Mary: Once I first visited The Macallan property in Moray, the environment took me proper again to the time after we actually bonded; the 2 of us simply wandering round as youngsters, daydreaming.
S: Mary and I are solely two years aside, so we share the identical reminiscences – of rocks, streams, horses and countryside smells. It was our escape. Individually, these reminiscences have been an enormous affect in our careers, so to return again collectively and use them because the driving inspiration for our collaboration with The Macallan has been easy.
M: Via this partnership we really feel like we’re honoring our sisterhood and our creativity, in addition to The Macallan’s historical past.
Working with a sibling can generally be difficult. What was it like working collectively?
M: There’s at all times been a sisterly competitiveness between us, however when Mum handed away, lots of that glided by the wayside. As we have grown and had households of our personal, we respect and love one another greater than ever. Working collectively, we complement one another.
S: We labored collectively on Mum’s vegetarian meals model [Linda McCartney], and Mary has shot a few of my finest style campaigns. With earlier initiatives, we have performed totally different roles – I do the design and Mary does the pictures – so there isn’t any battle. With this newest mission, I believed we would fall into our regular patterns however I used to be pleasantly shocked by how a lot Mary received concerned within the precise product design, from the finishings to the colours.
M: As sisters, there is a shortcut in the best way we converse to one another – we needn’t verbalize lots of issues. We have now related tastes too. We grew up in an inventive household, visiting museums and seeing lovely art work at dwelling. We wished this to be about collaboration – each us as sisters, but in addition reflecting the partnership between Scotland and The Macallan.
Are you able to inform me just a little bit in regards to the TOGETHER assortment?
M: We wished it to characterize a house bar, with the equipment symbolic of our relationship. The glasses are spherical on the backside and sq. on the prime. To me, the circle displays Stella and her circularity in the best way she works with style; the sq. is consultant of my photographic composition.
We have built-in the amber coloration to characterize the whisky and inexperienced for the character on The Macallan property. Even the blanket is predicated on the reflection of leaves within the lake. We’re at all times fascinated about the narrative, the story and the “why”.
Sustainability is within the McCartney DNA – how does that translate into these items?
S: I have been working with [sustainable] supplies for 25 years. The truth that we now have applied sciences and innovators who’re making fake leathers out of apple skins – a way used for this assortment – is so thrilling. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless extremely exhausting. It is essentially the most difficult means of working but in addition essentially the most inspiring and vital.
M: The whole lot is handmade. The amber hue is a drop of titanium within the glass course of. The third coloration within the assortment is The Macallan purple, a burgundy, so the ceramicists got here up with a particular purple for us that does not include lead.