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About Us

Isobel & Cleo was born in Glasgow, Scotland from of a fervent desire to sustain traditional handknitting and hand manipulated machine knitting techniques through producing beautiful knitwear. Now based in a quaint studio on Nantucket Island, we use the finest yarns and materials from around the world including the US, the UK, Italy, Japan, and Australia. Knitwear designer Charlotte Hess creates the entire collection by hand and frequently uses organic and sustainable yarns. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Glasgow School of Art, Charlotte built upon a solid fashion foundation through work experience and positions at Karen Walker, Nom*D, Remar Knitwear Factory, Salaam, and Free People. Charlotte’s work has also been recognized with grants and awards from The School of the Art Institute, The Scottish Arts Council, and Charleston Magazine and Charleston Fashion Week’s Emerging Designers Competition. Most recently she was chosen as a semi-finalist for the highly prestigious Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award.

In addition to our collection we also offer group and private hand and machine knitting workshops both in the US and abroad. For more information please contact us.

OUR FAVORITE MATERIALS

  • alpaca
  • silk
  • chiffon
  • most chunky yarns
  • things that are hard to wash, hard to sell, and not a yarn.

OUR DESIGN PET PEEVE

  • acrylic