Established in 2013, Sophie Robertson started her scarf label based on underwater photographs she took whilst living on board a boat in Cairns on The Great Barrier Reef. Sophie was exhibiting and selling photographs at the time in London and Brisbane, Australia.
Sophie was born on the south coast of England but moved to Australia after completing her Fashion Photography BA degree at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. She learnt how to dive in Thailand and then completed her PADI diving licence with underwater photography as a specialism.
With a focus on luxury and style Sophie has created other collections such as Atoll II (a silk chiffon range designed to be worn as a sarong), Local, based on Sydney landmarks (skinny scarves, designed for the city slicker), Hamilton Island (based on aerial shots of Hamilton Island and surrounding islands) as well as custom for various clients.
Sophie is happy to announce that $10 will be donated to The Great Barrier Reef Foundation -for every purchase of scarf, sarong or yoga mat. She has always had an interest in donating a portion of profits to charity after working for The Cancer Council in Queensland. Sophie donates scarves to Caritas and Look Good Feel Better, a free community service that supports women going through chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Sophie is always planning her next getaway, she recently returned from the Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuala Lumpur (a collection is due soon), and her plans for 2017 include a trip to Italy and Greece where she hopes to create a new European collection.
Here in Australia, a place where a large portion of designers look beyond the seas for inspiration. It's refreshing to note there is one young creative intent on anchoring her inspiation right where it should be. Linlee Allen, STYLE.COM