Cornish Organic Wool is now suppling and working with a number of designers. We will shortly be in a position to dye on the cone, which will offer designers the option of producing machine knitted garments. For further details about this new product and the service we offer to designers please contact us via email or tel ++44 (0) 1736 350905.
Cuskina is a luxury design brand of handbags manufactured using the finest quality, ethically sourced, environmentally sustainable materials.
Company founder, Amanda Cuskin aims to show that sustainable fashion can still be luxurious and without compromise to design, fashion and craftsmanship.
Now based in the City of Durham, Amanda trained in bespoke handbag design, pattern cutting and construction, through a series of courses in North London with International design consultant and leather expert Anthony Vrahimis, who, has a notable range of clients from Mulberry to Tom Ford.
From there Amanda successfully designed and produced a small collection of handbags exhibited at Pret a Porter in Paris and London Fashion Week in 2009 for award winning ethical fashion company Izzy Lane. She then went on to develop her skills in machine knitting, exploring ideas to combine the interesting textures of wool and leather to create a distinctive look. The first selection of bags for the winter collection have recently been released and are available online at http://www.cuskina.co.uk/
Over thirty years Wendy Heyworth Keith was asked to mend a pair of men’s shooting stockings.
She grimaced at the prospect. The pair had shrunk in a 30% wash, and the wool had 'matted'... but the experience gave her an idea. That idea has blossomed into a highly successful and creative business with satisfied clients all over the world.
With an instinctive and deep love of the countryside Wendy has combined her flair for design, and her commercial experience to become a market leader in the production of hand-knitted shooting atockings, accessories and other distinctive country knitwear. Not withstanding the temptation over the years of sourcing abroad, Wendy has always insisted that 'flying the British Flag' is a vital ingredient of her marketing. Now the business is moving forward fast into entirely British Organic Collections.
We are delighted to say that the winners of the "Best Organic Textile Product" at the '2010 Natural and organic products Europe Show' in conjunction with the Soil Association was Wendy Keith who soley used Cornish Organic Wool for her designs.
To create luxurious ecological, British knitwear that is respectful of both the environment and the individual wearing it.
To dispel perceptions of what a ‘Green’ fashion label should be.
The collection will always be driven by good design and manufactured in the most socially responsible and ethical manner as possible.
Driven by design, ecological by nature
Jo Storie is a knitwear designer with over 13 years experience of working as a commercial designer and design director in London and New York.
Jo graduated from Heriot Watt University (formally known as The Scottish College of Textiles) with a First Class Honours Degree in Knitted Textiles.
She went on to design for prominent cashmere brands Tse Cashmere and Ballantyne Cashmere in London before relocating to New York to take up senior design posts at some of Americas most high profile labels, J.Crew , The limited and Ann Taylor.
On her return to the U.K in 2004 Jo decided to pursue her dream of having her own knitwear label and founded ‘Jo Storie’.
Lu Flux debuted at London Fashion Week as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s anticipated ‘Ones to Watch’ show in February 2009. After exhibiting under the Estethica initiative at Somerset House for two seasons Lu was awarded the Innovation Award in conjunction with the Ethical Fashion Forum celebrating her inventive and exciting designs in the world of sustainable fashion. In September 2010 Lu presented her SS11 collection ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo. For her third season of exhibiting in Estethica, Lu received expert support from brand consultant Yasmin Sewell appointed to her through the British Fashion Council’s Eco Fashion Mentor Programme.
Born on the Isle of Wight, Lu studied Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art winning the Ocean Terminal Scottish Fashion Graduate Award with her final collection. Subsequently she went on to work as a design assistant to Bernhard Willhelm in his Paris studio before returning to the UK to start her own label.
The Lu Flux trademark of familiar patchwork patterns fashioned into wearable garments continues to charm a growing customer base that has begun to extend to an international level. Lu currently lives and works in London.