The Colour: Indigo

Indigo. Lingering between blue and purple. The colour of deep tropical waters, cloudless summer evenings.

Oliver Spencer Buffalo Jacket Kildale Indigo Rinse

In dark shades, it’s a smart twist on classic navy – a bit more vivid, a bit more summery. Take our Kildale Indigo Rinse fabric. The indigo dye gives a deep, rich hue – and we enzyme wash it for incredibly soft finish that enhances the complexity of the colour.

We also have some light indigos this season. Fabrics like Kildale Indigo Light are, again, that bit punchier than a pure pale blue. There’s an underlying warmth.

Oliver Spencer Grandad Shirt Kildale Indigo Light

Indigo is one of Oli’s key colour’s for SS17. The gravitas of pure blue, but add a dash of purple’s extraversion. A colour that’s easy to wear, but subtly set apart from the norm.

Indigo Insight

Indigo is one of the oldest textile dyes, with a history as rich as its colour.

Originally extracted from indigo and woad plants, indigo was known throughout the ancient world for its ability to color fabrics a deep blue. Egyptian artifacts suggest that indigo was employed as early as 1600 BC, and it has been found in Africa, India, Indonesia, and China.

We love the way indigo develops and ages beautifully as you wash and wear it. One thing to be aware of is that a brand new indigo garment may 'bleed' a little blue dye onto lighter fabrics (or your skin). To guard against this, give it a wash or two before you wear over any pale clothes.


From our earliest days, we’ve adopted a business model that incorporates environmental and social responsibility at every step. Each season, we increase the proportion of ecological, organic and recycled fabrics and will continue to do so until they represent the entirety of our collections. We also ring-fence a proportion of our revenue to put towards planting trees with the Woodland Trust.


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