How it happened


Jess Linklater is a well known, experienced and established designer of womenswear.  Over the last few years, she has acquired an international reputation as a result of her "Scribble" design. 

Jess graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1999 with an MA in Womenswear. 

Since graduation Jess has held a number of positions as a designer in the world of Womenswear and Kidswear. 

Under the brand name Robe de Voyage, Jess sells a luxury range of lightweight, hand spun and handwoven travel robes and resort wear embodying the Scribble that launched in 2016. 

The RDV products are crafted from the softest, sustainable "Khadi" cotton and silk, and the collection has been designed to be lightweight, versatile and ideal to roll up and pack in the purchaser's carry-on.

Scribble, the first print in the collection, was inspired by ripples of sunlight on water and the vibrant colours of Zanzibar, Kyoto and Malabar. Scribble is hand printed on each garment within the RdV range and each garment is ethically sourced and produced. 

During 2012 Jess spent a lot of time travelling to Los Angeles and Cape Town with her husband and became fascinated by the scribbling, rippling lines that sunlight made when reflected on water and was inspired to design a scribble that could be applied to womenswear. 

Jess was also frustrated by the heavy dressing gowns in the hotels and wanted something lighter to wear to the pool. When she returned to London in 2013, these various ideas came together and so Jess set up her own company Robe de Voyage - which provided a range of light weight travel robes and resort wear. Jess created the design Scribble to launch the brand. 

The range of colours used in RDV products are also inspired by water and travel - the blue waters of "Zanzibar", the passion and heat of the dark pink "Malabar", and the cool white and black of "Kyoto". 

Between 2015 and 2016 production began in earnest in Delhi and the Scribble collection arrived in London in August 2016. Scribble was unique to the market when the robes embodying the design were first released and the print became instantly recognisable and synonymous with Jess and the RDV branding. 

From December 2016 onwards there was considerable press and media exposure of the collection, the first of these being in The Times, other articles appeared in Wallpaper, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and The Financial Times. 

Scribble has also appeared on merchandise prepared for the Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain and at The Pompidou Centre, and for Pink Floyd. A leading character in Killing Eve also wore one of the robes. 

Designed in London, tailored in Paris by a retired cutter from Dior and individually screen printed in India, each garment is unique: an original work of art that you will never want to travel without.