Sprawling & Osborne was officially born early in the summer of 2019 however the initial idea for it began several years ago.
Growing up in rural Essex, my dad does a lot of deer stalking for conservation and educational purposes on local farms and estates. Every edible piece of the deer was being eaten by us or the dogs, including the antlers which make fantastic dog treats, meaning the skins were the only part that were being wasted.
I thought it would be a good idea to make something out of them but my parents weren’t too keen on me tanning them in the garden or the garage and I didn’t know anyone else who could do it for me so I forgot about the idea. A few years later, at the start of 2019, the idea came up again only this time, I decided that I would buy a cowhide, figure out what I could make with it and find a way I could use our deer later on (which I’m still working on).
A little while later a box of five cowhides arrived from my local abattoir and I chose my first one.
Having been taught to sew when I was much younger I was relatively well practised with the sewing machine and so I started seeing what I could make. My first idea was belts and after a lot of trial and error and many design changes I had the first ready to go belt.
Fast forward a few months, I had a website and was making a variety of different belts and matching bags.
The most important thing about Sprawling & Osborne was sustainability and this got me thinking about all the clothing and accessories aimed at the country market. Given that this is a sector that cares about sustainability of food and farming, it seemed bizarre to me that people weren’t choosing sustainable clothing. It also surprised me to see companies advertising some sustainable elements of their products whilst having plastic packaging or using sweatshop labour. After doing some further research, I also found that many of the fabrics highlighted as “sustainable” weren’t actually quite as good as they made them out to be. I wanted to change that, I wanted to create a go-to luxury clothing brand where sustainability would always be a given.
From here, we started with the release of our first 100% organic cotton t-shirt, the original Tilbury, in August.
Here we are, some time later and in 2020, with a whole range of unisex casual wear, our first womenswear piece, the Oakley Wrap skirt and so much more in the planning.
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