While some brands trumpet style, quality, exclusivity or a designer name the focus with LoveHate is on unconventional and environmentally sound materials. They are not alone among Australian brands in looking to be “green” (see Tightology), but by manufacturing locally rather than importing tights complete from Italy they take the concept further than most.
We have to start off by being critical. The website of LoveHate is a triumph of design over function, in part I think because LoveHate are not hosiery specialists. What we really need to see clearly laid out is the price, denier, fibre mix, the colours available and a size chart. On the plus side this lack of information gives us more to say.
You can’t tell from the look and feel of these tights where the fibre was sourced so you have take it on trust that it is an ecologically sound source if that is important to you.
Detailing is pretty standard for fashion opaque tights. The legs are unshaped and finished with a plain toe detail. The pattern on the leg is knitted in and runs up to just below gusset level where there is a change of knit. The panty section is plain and features both flat seams and a cotton lined gusset which we are delighted to see.
The test of any tights of course is how they look and how they feel to wear. We have no guidance on sizing but assuming they are the typical one size then they are quite generously sized if you use all the stretch, 32” leg and 40” hips being the realistic upper limit. Fit is good and thanks to the gusset and flat seams they are comfortable too.
The real surprise is how they look, in our main picture it looks like a simple black on red design but look closer and the design is far more complex. Within the red there are both lighter and darker stripes giving a very sophisticated effect.
The patten is reasonably clearly defined, you need to get this close to see the jagged edges of the black stripes. Incidentally you can never get a clean edge on the diagonal of a knitted pattern. The material of about 50 denier covers well and is a great weight for year round wear in the UK if perhaps a little heavy for places that have a summer.
All in all a very well designed and made pair of tights. We love the tin, it may not appear environmentally sound to use metal but it is recyclable and years from now you will still be using it to store things in.
1st January 2014