It was during London Fashion Week back in September 2012 that the buzz building around designer Sophie Hulme reached near-deafening levels. Every chic editor worth her salt arrived at the shows carrying a handsome black boxy leather tote in the crook of her arm. There were no lables, no 'look at me' styling - just subtle but distinctive gold plates around the handle. The bag was both chic and practical - a killer combination and everyone wanted one. Within two weeks, it was sold out everywhere, world wide.
Womenswear designer Sophie Hulme is a habitual collector. From toy robots to 1940s clothing, Sophie is devoted to finding the perfect piece to add to her hoard. From the converted toy factory in Islington that she calls home, collectables spill from cupboards and drawers, acting as a source of inspiration for the seasons ahead. "My obsession with collecting stated when my nan gave me a charm bracelet as a child and encouraged me to add to it. I began to look at things in a new way and sourcing other items which I found beautiful, fun or functional.' says Sophie. Accompanying the hand-made outerwear, dresses and leather accessories Sophie designs, each season there is a chosen trinket which helps illustrate the story and inspiration for the season. These have becomes collectors items in themselves.
Born and raised in North London, Sophie graduated from Kingston University in 2007 awarded Student of the Year and Best Collection. Seven years on and Sophie Hulme is stocked in some of the worlds best department Stores and Boutiques, and was awarded the 2012 British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent - Accessories