Oubas Knitwear was founded by designer Kate Wilson in Cumbria. Oubas craft beautiful and timeless knitted pieces primarily using Merino Lambswool which is naturally renewable, biodegradable, breathable and non-allergenic.
Based in their Cumbrian studio, Kate’s small team carefully knit and hand finish all their designs to the highest standard. They also work closely with carefully selected manufacturers in Scotland, to ensure the ranges can be produced with the best finish.
Kate explains, ‘Oubas Knitwear values a slow-fashion aesthetic; our ethos being that the quality of design and materials used in our products are central to it. The garments and accessories in the collection should be wearable, functional, and enjoyable to have next to your skin.’
For Kate it seems she was destined to become a designer with her father and grandmother influencing her passion from an early age.
‘I’m not sure why I got into it, it was a journey I followed as I was always fascinated with clothing from a young age; my father taught design and my grandmothers wove and knit in their spare time. I discovered knitwear design when I studied at Winchester School of Art, and became fascinated with the technical side of design involved in knitwear. Not many people appreciate how mathematical it is! I continued this into design positions post-degree, and then made the decision to move home to Cumbria and founded Oubas Knitwear’
Our Buyer, Tracey, felt a deep affinity with Kate and the Oubas ethos. For Kate and her team sharing the provenance of the materials used is important.
Kate explains, ‘In a world of global trade and supply chains, we find calm and sanctuary in the valuable practise of thoughtful design, making and then connecting directly with our customers. Living in the Lake District definitely influences the palettes and the sense of heritage here was what moved me to found the label. We have such a history here, particularly in the woollen trade, and the landscapes and light in the surrounding valleys is of constant inspiration. Definitely a connection to nature and seasonality inspire all our designs.’
You can find a range of Oubas designs in our Farmshops now, perfect for the colder winter months ahead.