PlanetSoph bids farewell to studio

Beloved sustainable fashion brand is set to close its North Acton studio doors

It was a bittersweet moment, as PlanetSoph founder Sophie Nancy invited guests to a farewell open-day sale of sustainable fashion at the end of April. The event marked the celebrations of the brand’s journey and the beginning of a new chapter for the designer.

At the core of the brand’s ethos lies a commitment to sustainability, with each handmade piece crafted from deadstock materials or found fabrics. Nancy’s designs provide the same satisfaction as when a child says ‘F*CK!’ weaving her work with nostalgic disobedience. Her work has since garnered attention from artists like Beabadoobee, propelling the brand to success since its launch in 2020.

“I’ve been constantly creating”, she tells Shift. The brand has demanded a huge investment of time as it grew from a bedroom workshop to a studio business and Nancy describes the whole journey as “insane”.

After years of unwavering devotion towards her craft, Nancy reflects on her ambitions beyond stitches. “I’ve never really had a break or step back from it [the brand]. So I think it’d be a really good opportunity to think about where I want to go with it next,” she says. “I really want to go travelling next year!”

On her return, the designer considers reconnecting the brand with her personal style, “which is more like Adam Sandler, like a 12-year-old boy”.

The decision to close the studio aligns with the ongoing economic crisis in the UK. The creative industry is one of the largest sectors to be hit, leaving many independent fashion designers and creatives to combat financial constraints.

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