At the end of the 19th Century the Chilean government looked to put a railway through the sky-high, impossibly imposing Andes to neighbouring Argentina. And so they turned to the renowned engineering skills and pioneering spirit of the British.
The Transandine Railway was the result: a high-altitude stretch of train tracks joining Chile with Argentina through snow-capped mountains and glimpses of sun, cutting through like a snake and slithering through valleys.
Bold was the challenge, resilient were the men, and colourful was the surroundings offered by Mother Earth.
Jump aboard and join us as we tame some of the trickiest, most trying terrain in the world in the company of the men of the Transandine.
The Richard James AW15/16 Transandine collection hitches this exhilarating ride, embodying the pioneering spirit of the men who beautifully crafted their work, to produce a bold and distinctly durable collection.
Base colours of granite, blue-grey and earth brown evoke the solid, unmovable essence of the Andes, while darting accents of blood red, fuchsia, burnt yellow and turquoise capture the vivid, deep-dyed costumery of the indigenous people’s Incan heritage and the almost sparkling, wind-scattered flora that dots their heart-stopping homeland.
Soft, wonderfully warm all-wool flannels and richly textured Saxonies and bouclés feature prominently throughout tailoring, and sharp, intensely coloured digital prints add a diverse, sharply lifting note to shirtings and accessories.
The exhilarating, altogether off-piste skiing that the engineers introduced to the Andes as a way of both going about their work and winding down lends a clear touch of sporting heritage and intrepidness to casual wear.