Michelle Anslow - Founder and designer at Susy Harper, since 1999.
"I’m very much a hand’s on designer - I let the structure and fall of cloth lead the way...
I love the ever differing textures of natural materials: the rough earthiness of Scottish tweeds; the soft scrunch of Irish linens; the individuality of hand loomed khadi cottons from India, and the very many beautiful ways of silk. Also then, how the cloth wears as it’s washed, worn and lived in.
When making my patterns I think of how we want our clothes to make us feel and how they can be versatile and functional as well as feminine and lovely."
Online shopping - Some pieces are in stock and ready to send, and some are made to order - we will confirm this by email when your order is placed. The lead time on made to order is typically two to three weeks.
Find our classic pieces on the ‘Favourites’ page in shop.
Michelle shares work and inspirations on her Instagram @susyharperwomen
Why Susy Harper?
Because Susy Harper was my Mum's maiden name, and I remember how, as a child, I loved her clothes and the clothes she made for me. I knew she had style, and I always loved that name - it rings 1960’s to me, and I'm definitely inspired by that time and Mum's own style within it. Here she is, Susy Harper, standing in white, on a Sunday School trip to the Alps, with the Matterhorn in the background. Circa 1960.