I spent my childhood in the beautiful English Peak District and then, when I was 12, moved with my family to Malawi. I completed my schooling at Saint Andrew’s International High School there before returning to the UK for university. I did an Art Foundation course in Farnham at the College for the Creative Arts and then went on to graduate from the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course at the University of Westminster in London.
After graduating I started work as a hat designer at a fair trade Panama hat specialist in Derbyshire, and it was for a trip to visit our weavers in Ecuador that the first Hugget jacket was made. I wanted something that would keep me warm and cosy on the long flight, but also enable me to look smart and professional while there. After shopping around unsuccessfully I concluded the only way to get this garment was to make it. After trying out many different designs I came up with the Hugget jacket! It did the job of being both cosy and smart on my Ecuador trip better than I could have imagined. When I wore it into the office after the trip my colleague and good friend loved it and asked me to make one for her. We found the fabulous sheep print fleece and the first Hugget jacket was sold! After that, I got more and more requests from friends who wanted to buy them, and I realised I should share the Hugget jackets with anyone who wants a hug and a jacket in one: view our Shop page to join this cosy club!