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ABOUT

 Luxury British knitwear and accessories, made by hand in Cumbria.

The AUTUMN/WINTER 2014 collection was shot by ADAM KAPPA PHOTOGRAPHY.

 

THE STORY OF OUBAS

Oubas Knitwear began in Autumn 2012, after founder and designer Kate finished a period working for lifestyle brand Toast in South Wales. She moved back to Cumbria to begin her own business, which is currently based in a small studio in a market town just outside the Lake District National Park.

Oubas Knitwear is a luxury label, aiming to outlive seasonal trends by creating contemporary products made with yarns of the highest quality, from carefully sourced British and Italian spinners. Oubas only uses natural fibres, with inspiration taken from the rich landscapes of Cumbria.

The name 'Oubas' is derived from 'Oubas Hill', the area where all pieces are designed and created in Ulverston, Cumbria. Kate's family have lived here for generations, with her grandfather owning a motor car garage on Oubas Hill.

Everything is designed and made by hand, giving attention to detail in design and finish. Knitted in a small studio, the pieces are created on both industrial fine gauge machines, and on domestic standard gauge machines. Once knitted, the pieces are washed gently, pressed and labelled.

Oubas is passionate about altering the landscape of the fashion industry today. However slight, this collection of high quality, handmade accessories and garments aims to offset the vast quantities of mass produced garments on the market today.

              

 

ABOUT KATE

Owner and designer Kate Wilson graduated in 2010 from Winchester School of Art, with a BA(hons) in Fashion Knitwear. Gaining valuable experience whilst working for Toast, she then moved back to Cumbria to found Oubas Knitwear. All the pieces in the collection are currently knitted and finished by her in the studio.
                       

Her interested in textiles began at a young age, when her Gran taught her as a child how to weave on a loom. Her passion for textiles and design developed throughout school, and was established when she studied in Winchester.

Kate began Oubas Knitwear from a passion for texture and textiles. A fascination developed particularly with knitwear, and it's ability to create structures within a fabric, alongside the pattern and silhouette of garments and accessories.

She is passionate about the shift needed in today's clothing industry, and strives to support British mills and other businesses in the every day running of her own business.