Izzy Lane AW12 Knitwear
I’ve had a rather exciting couple of weeks recently, which have led to a couple of unexpected adventures. I’ve been following ethical knitwear brand Izzy Lane for a while since a trip to the Lake District to stay in a Tipi. I became interested in how a country with so many sheep and such a history of wool production could be in a position where farmers were losing money by shearing their sheep. I started looking for people that were working on reversing this trend and making the most of the good natural resources that we have. It seems scandalous to me that there must be such a store of skills somewhere that are simply not being used because production got transferred to the cheaper labour markets of the Far East.
Izzy Lane has a herd of sheep that have been rescued from becoming lamb chops that live in her sheep sanctuary in Yorkshire, they live out their natural lives without being forced to breed intensively and support themselves by using their fleeces to produce wool for the Izzy Lane clothing range. The fleeces are either spun into luxury woven fabrics or used to produce classic knitwear styles, which embrace the concept of slow fashion. They are designed with the intention that each item will be pulled out of the wardrobe again and again and still look as good as the first day it was bought.
I was asked to create a selection of knitwear designs for Izzy Lane, which lead to a trip to a Scottish knitwear factory to develop the styles and my jumpers being showcased on their stand at EcoLuxe.