Since Sula was established in 2004, selling from a stall at the old Spitalfields Market London, the company founder and designer Alison Taylor has grown the business to serve an international clientele in Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia.
Alison's training as a fine artist is evident in her painterly approach to colour and texture. Drawing upon natural sources such as flower petals, shade of pearl, along with a range of washday whites, she creates exquisite and unique colour hues for each collection......
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…..Alison has travelled throughout India and Vietnam in search of communities who hand-weave, dye and embellish luxury cloth, perpetuating time-honoured traditions. She cherishes the irregularity of hand-woven cloth and stitching and poignant beauty of fabrics that develop patina over time. Close working relationships with local craftspeople are established and ethical practices ensured.
Sula presents two collections each year. These combine new designs, alongside items that her clients order repeatedly in different colour hues and textiles such as bias-cut camisoles, vintage style dresses, georgette silk blouses and hand smocked Khadi cotton tunics.
Sula are currently undertaking pattern making, sampling and production in a Delhi Atelier where, in the traditions of haute couture, one worker often makes one garment and the quality is superlative. This enriches the maker’s experience and by concentrating production reduces air miles.