Hello to any new followers and journal readers! Today I thought I’d reintroduce myself & my brand ethos.

I’m Rosie, I’m 31, and I started my business 8 years ago. As you might already know I design & knit cashmere accessories in Scotland. I’m passionate about manufacturing in the UK & preserving the skills we have here on doorstep, especially those in the Scottish Borders where all our products are knitted.

Textiles is in my DNA – my father and both my, maternal and paternal, grandfathers all worked in textiles. After school I went on to Chelsea college of art in London for my foundation course, then Northumbria University to study fashion design where I specialised in Knitwear. I started my business about a year and a half after leaving University and it happened very organically and just felt like the right time to launch it.

There is such a wealth of skills in Scotland as well as a rich history with manufacturing that when I started my business it didn’t even occur to me to consider manufacturing anywhere else. I want to support local industry and utilise the highly skilled workforce that have been in the industry for generations. I think the “made in Britain” or “made in Scotland” labels are a stamp of quality known around the world and I am proud to be part of it.

If you’d like to know more about the the brand, product journey or the manufacturing process please do email me your questions (info@rosiesugden.com) as I’m planning on doing a Q&A blogpost later on this year.

Introduction | Hello to any new followers!

Below: My co-workers Daphne & Edith!

Introduction | Hello to any new followers!

All photos by Paula Russell.