Founded in 2017, London-based label Cawley fuses elements of utilitarian workwear with modern tailoring, high-quality natural fabrics and soft silhouettes to create a collection of feminine designs, ready for both work and play.
After having passed her A-levels and moving on to college, Hannah Cawley had to decide between becoming either a chef or a fashion designer - luckily for us, she opted for a design course. After years of learning the trade and interning at prestigious embroidery house Hand & Lock, Hannah’s eponymous brand was born.
The brand celebrates quality craftsmanship and British manufacturing, with each piece crafted from cloth sourced from traditional fabric mills in England, Ireland, Portugal, India and Japan. Hannah’s roster of preferred fabrics includes cotton and linens with the addition of wool and sheepskin in the colder seasons.
Cawley’s design process starts with fabrics. She looks at what pieces from previous seasons to carry over and what new fabrics can be added. Much of her designs are inspired by the clothes she finds while vintage shopping, particularly those reminiscent of the Victorian era, shown in the stand collar of the Ines Irish Shirt.
Shop Cawley’s range of accessible, considered and practical designs below.