Gandys unveils AW16 collection at Spitalfield's store launch
Gandys will unveil its first-ever winter collection this evening when it officially launches its new London store in Spitalfields.
The brand, which was started by brothers Paul and Rob Forkan in 2012, began life producing high quality flip-flops, with 10% of the profits supporting the brothers' charitable foundation Orphans for Orphans.
It has since evolved into a more fully rounded lifestyle brand for men and women with items for autumn including the Cocoa Classic Windbreaker Jacket (£80), the Coated Urban Parka (£145), the Cotton Coated Urban Gilet (£75), the Wool Blend Cable Knit Jumper (£45) and the Bali Authentic Voyager Backpack (£75).
For Spring/Summer the brand expanded into beach towels, sunglasses and eyewear, which became John Lewis' best selling beachwear range of the season.
Travel is at the centre of the brand's ethos, which reflects the Forkans' bohemian upbringing (their parents removed them from structured education in England and took them on a round-the-world trip). It was while travelling with their parents and siblings in 2004 that they lost their parents in the Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka.
The tragic event inspired them to set up their brand to fund their foundation and on the 10th anniversary of the Tsumani in 2014 they were able to open their first Orphans for Orphans children's home in Sri Lanka.
Their new AW16 collection will be on sale online and in Gandy's new bricks and mortar stores. Its Spitalfields store, which was opened at the end of August at 105C Commercial Street, will be officially launched with a party this evening. It is the second store the brand has opened this year (the first is in Fowey, Cornwall and opened this summer) with more planned, such as Tunbridge Wells which is due to open by the end of the year.