The Heritage Behind Our Brand

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Discover the heritage behind our brand, from its very beginnings to how it influences our collections and our collaborations with heritage mills and factories today.

Sheep

Our story begins with sheep. In particular the Cotswold Lion Sheep, which is thought to have been introduced by the Romans. Prized for its long fleece with a high growth rate, this breed of sheep shaped the Cotswolds as we know it today.

Cotswold Landscape

The name Cotswold literally means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides". Its lush, verdant landscape that the sheep fed upon fuelled the textile industry, turning grass into gold.

Wool

From these humble beginnings a textile empire was built. In Tudor times it was said that "half the wealth of England rides on the back of sheep." It is a sustainable resource that was was transported to London on the Thames and then on to France, where it was sold for high prices, due to lack of French farmland.

Wool Church

Churches and mills were built in abundance from the profits of the wool trade, shaping the region we see today. Wool churches were built by the merchants, who hoped to elevate their position in society by donating to the Church. Above is a magnificent example of a wool church in Northleach.

Mill

The final stage of the wool cloth production is fulling, where water is used to cleanse away impurities and results in a thicker cloth. Due to an abundance of water in the Cotswolds, water mills are used and dot the landscape, such as this picturesque water mill at Lower Slaughter.
William Morris

The rich history of the Cotswolds inspired artists such as William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Morris, one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts movement, was so enchanted by the Cotswolds he made it his permanent home and drew inspiration from the surrounding countryside and architecture for his designs.

 

Cotswold Buildings

From this well of textile and artistic pedigree that the Cotswolds produced, we create designs and styles that reflect the surrounding area and its heritage. The yarns and colours used in our collections are directly inspired by and drawn from the pallette of the Cotswolds, from the honey-coloured stone to the vibrant greens of the flora.

Skirt

We work with British fabrics, mills, factories and artists to produce exemplary products that showcase the best of our heritage. Designed exclusively in-house in the Cotswolds, we use the best fabrics and yarns, ensuring you have the best quality wardrobe for the season.

Tree

The Cotswolds is "the most English and the least spoiled
of all our countrysides." J.B. Priestley

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4 Comments

  1. Most beautiful place
    By Mary Brown - March 30, 2017
  2. Bourton-on-the-water is my favourite Cotswold town
    By Lynda Morton - March 30, 2017
  3. I did enjoy reading the history of the Cotswolds. It is encouraging that there is still some British industry thriving and proud of its heritage.
    By Eve Isaac - April 3, 2017
  4. Love Stow on the Wolds
    By Maureen Smith - April 15, 2017

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