Jessica Schule-Lewis, 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.
To create wearable, special, contemporary pieces from high quality natural materials, sourced in an environmentally conscious, ethical, and socially responsible manner. Elevating classic shapes, with playful colours and detailing.
All Orwell + Austen pieces are made using the finest grade natural fabrics. Knitwear is created using yarns which have a lower environmental impact than pure cashmere - such as recycled 100%, and cashmere and fine wool blended yarns. The brand also produce a range of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified 100% organic cotton printed t-shirts and sweatshirts. Orwell + Austen works closely with its carefully selected manufacturers to ensure that each and every piece is finished to the highest standard, with care and attention going in to every detail.The desire through the collection is to create fresh and inventive luxury fashion pieces, to be loved, worn, and admired for a lifetime.
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.
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