The 'Roberto' collection takes inspiration from the work of Brazilian artist and designer Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994).
During a vacation to Rio de Janeiro, Keddie became inspired by the work of Roberto Burle Marx. Staying on the beachfront of Copacabana, she was inspired by the modernist promenade designed by Burle Marx. Researching further into Burle Marx's work she became fascinated by the way Burle Marx preserved and cultivated his native Brazilian flora whilst offering a new modern perspective on landscape design. Keddie creates her 2nd collection influenced by his ideas and design philosophy.
Wanting to create a collection that reflected the modernist nature that was present in Burle Marx's work, Keddie creates a collection of interconnected bags which are cut in classic and clean silhouettes. The bags are designed so that they are practical with useful pockets but still offer a playful minimalist vibe.
Reflecting Burle Marx's concept of interrelating one form to another, Keddie designed the collection to include bags and protective cases which can be connected with each other to offer organisation within the bag. Laptop and tablet protective cases can be snapped into some of the bags, allowing contents to be organised whilst offering versatility to remove them easily when needed. Another interchangeable design detail within the 'Roberto' collection is the silver magnetic key fob which features on all the bag styles allowing keys to not only be easily found but easily moved between bags.
Burle Marx's ability to combine delicate nature with hard man-made materials, is contrasted through Keddie's use of mixing heavy weight natural fabrics for the outer shell and lightweight polyester for the inner shell. Keddie continues her use of native Scottish fabric Harris Tweed as the predominant fabric within the collection. Harris Tweed is mixed with water resistant heavy duty cotton canvas to create strong durable bags with structure. The textured lining features tiny black and white woven squares that reflect a pattern similar to that of Copacabana.
The colours of the collection reflect the famous mosaic-tiled promenade with the use of the black and white lining. Using shades of black for the outer shell, a hint of the vibrant colourful Rio streets and is seen through the use of a small patch of tartan.
Keddie identifies classic bag styles and cultivates them by taking inspiration from the geometric shapes and patterns of Roberto Burle Marx to create a collection of bags that are contemporary and timeless.