Rowberton is a new, sustainable clothing brand created to provide everyday classics accented with a sense of equestrian eccentricity. Our t-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts feature horse inspired prints, and are made from ethically sourced organic cotton and recycled yarns.
We favour organic or recycled materials that care for your skin and the environment. Most of our clothing is made from 100% organic cotton. Organic cotton is a natural, GMO-free fibre that uses less water than standard cotton. In addition, its production does not involve the use of chemicals (no fertilisers or pesticides) and encourages rotation of crops to keep soil healthier, more fertile and maintain humidity. Waste from the cotton ginning process is also recycled for the animal feed industry.
We are also proud our garments are PETA certified. This means that we do not conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products and pledge never to do so. On top of this, our apparel is made from 100% vegan materials so you can be confident that no harm came to anyone during its creation.
We print our garments using DTG (Direct To Garment) printing. This method uses water-based eco-friendly inks. The newly formulated Brother inks that we use for Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing are also water based and Oeko-Tex certified. They scored highly on the AATCC wash test, showing that they are fully washable and durable, unlike many of the cheaper DTG set-ups. This results in vivid colours and excellent resistance to washing and most importantly makes them environmentally friendly.
Our products may cost more that some other brands, but we are happy we are working as ethically and fairly as possible.
Designer Sophie studied fashion design at art college and trained with Jean Muir before spending the next 20 years designing for many familiar High Street brands: Miss Selfridge, Warehouse, Next, M&S, Designers at Debenhams including Matthew Williamson, Julien McDonald, Jasper Conran and
John Rocha. She and her husband, also a designer, then joined forces and Handsome Design, a graphic design company was born.
Her lifelong passion of horses and years of creativity and experience then came together resulting in Rowberton - a collection of everyday wardrobe staples with equestrian inspired prints which neatly fills the gap between riding apparel and everyday clothing for women and children.
Rowberton is founded on the belief that good fashion shouldn’t be disposable. Sophie has seen first-hand the enormous turnover of materials and resources in the fashion industry and wants people to slow down, buy carefully and buy less. The garments are made from sustainable and organic materials, making them perfect for people who are on the hunt for horsey clothing but also looking for ways to minimise their own environmental impact and step away from ‘fast fashion’.
A keen equestrian, Sophie enjoys eventing, showing, fast hacks and training camps with her fellow horse mad friends. She has two Appaloosas, a Welsh cob, and a British spotted pony.
Rowberton is named after her number one, super appaloosa, Cuckoo, who was bred at the Rowberton Appaloosa stud in Devon.