əʊˌbɑːs : pronounced 'oo-bas'
Named after 'Oubas Hill', Ulverston, Cumbria.
We are passionate about producing knitwear in Britain.
Since 2012 we have been creating our own designs using the finest natural fibres.
Kate Stalker, founder of OUBAS.
'I have a strong love of community and a real connection to relationships through my work with OUBAS. I believe that we can continue building a regenerative business that gives back to the local economy, provides purposeful work to local people and opportunities for other creatives to collaborate with us. Moreover, I hope we can provide clothing that lasts, and that people enjoy wearing. It is a close relationship with a textile you choose to have close to your skin.
I feel a connection to the ancestry in these lands...remembering the old ways...the natural, rhythmic seasonal bonds. Creating clothes and textiles as a mindful and conscious practise, not a purely commercial one. I follow a holistic and open approach, and believe in using our business for good.
I began OUBAS when I was 24. After school I moved away from the area and studied at Winchester School of Art graduating in 2010 in Knitwear for Fashion. I worked in Wales for a lifestyle company which gave me insight into the commercial world of clothing design. I was pulled back north after leaving this job, sourcing an old vintage knitting machine from the borders and working initially in a spare room at home.
Over the past couple of years I've trained in design programming and machine handling of the computerised knitting machinery we now have in the studio, meaning we are able to develop creatively and also in the quality of the items we create.
Living in the Lake District now, I enjoy spending time in the fells, swimming in fresh water here and enjoying being close to nature. There is a vibrant arts scene in Ulverston and the area; there are so many different festivals and events. I grew up in the area, in the town of Ulverston where OUBAS is now based. I spent summers camping, walking, enjoying the area and have always called the county home. I enjoy discovering new places to walk and enjoy the strong independent spirit that the area has. There is also a strong sense of community here which makes it really special.
I’ve always loved history and felt connected to a sense of heritage locally in my area of Cumbria, and within Britain. The textile industry is so creative and so important; I remember reading articles about numerous mills closing and leaving Yorkshire and the Scottish borders, and all those skills going too.
I hoped we could work to alter that, not simply out of romance for our history but in embracing innovation and changing technologies, altering the way we purchase clothing and offering an alternative to global supply chains. Rebuilding community and an appreciation of our clothing and how it's made.
OUBAS knitwear designs appeal to those wanting subtle and understated elegance, with an appreciation of colour and detail. For those wanting to invest in pieces they will have in their wardrobe for a long time.
Learn more about our heritage here.
Our studio is open to the public if you would like to visit us.
Read more about the natural yarns used within our design process.
Oubas Hill and Hoad Monument, Ulverston