I founded Orwell + Austen in late 2012, after embarking on a city career that left my creativity suppressed, and my wardrobe craving colour! From the very beginning I knew I wanted to create beautiful, and playful cashmere pieces, with a focus on environmentally conscious, sustainable, socially responsible, and ethical production.
As the brand continues to grow, so too has my continued commitment to creating an environmentally, socially responsible, and sustainable brand legacy.
The brand philosophy
All Orwell + Austen knitwear pieces are made in Nepal, a region renowned for producing some of the finest cashmere and knitwear in the world. The brand works collaboratively with a small, ethical, family-run producer in the Kathmandu valley in Nepal, who specialises in creating hand knitted sweaters using traditional techniques.
From the outset the brand ethos has been to utilise the skill, expertise and craftsmanship of these Nepalese artisans to bring exceptional quality cashmere knitwear to the global fashion market, whilst ensuring that the people who make our pieces are paid fairly for their skill, expertise, and craft.
Our GOTS certified 100% organic cotton t-shirts and sweatshirts are produced by a specialise ethical t-shirt and sweatshirt Fair Wear Foundations (FWF) producer, who works in compliance with the FWF Code of Labour Practices in accordance with the International Labour Organisation’s conventions.