Nineteen//46 captures the spirit of 1946, the year after the war. Life was given back to everyday people and they were once again allowed to follow their dreams and create their destiny. It was a time of hope and optimism and very much about the future.

A Time. A Tale. A Truth.

Nineteen//46 was not just a year. It was the year. The year men returned from war and women struggled to return to how things were. In fact they didn’t. They were now fighters, survivors, and liberators. They held families together, stepped up to roles they had never had and realised they were capable of doing anything. It was a year that influenced a century.

Women celebrating Victory in Europe, Lambton Quay, Wellington, May 1945, Collection of John Dobree Pascoe. Used with permission from the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
Women celebrating Victory in Europe, Lambton Quay, Wellington, May 1945, Collection of John Dobree Pascoe. Used with permission from the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Nineteen//46 was not just a year. It was the year. The year men returned from war and women struggled to return to how things were. In fact they didn’t. They were now fighters, survivors, and liberators. They held families together, stepped up to roles they had never had and realised they were capable of doing anything. It was a year that influenced a century.

Welcome to Nineteen//46. Beautifully understated knitwear that celebrates liberation and gives you the freedom to be yourself. No dictatorship, no confinement. Each piece is designed to compliment your unique style, naturally fit your body and effortlessly enhance who you already are. Every garment only finds its full potential once united with its owner.

Designed by dreamer and doer Bronwyn Eichbaum, Nineteen//46 is steeped in the heritage of quality knitwear brand Silverdale. A loyal family company born in 1946 when Ted and Daisy’s sons, the Antcliff brothers, returned from war and never looked back. A cunning culmination of craftsmanship and possibility.

100% merino, 100% machine washable, 100% you, every year will now carry a little Nineteen//46.

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