VANESSA WINSHIP

Linda Wiesner and Tabitha Osler met while studying at the Royal Fashion Academy in Antwerp and began collaborating shortly there after. 

They recognised a natural yet powerful harmony between their core values of sustainability and preservation of craftsmanship, and chose to instil this in a brand of well crafted, elegant knitwear.

Their concept is to create a collection inspired by a location, and informed by the traditional practices and trades of that region. With their latest collection based around Portugal, we see LWTO adopt the bold colour contrasts and repetitive patterning of Portuguese tiles into their designs. LWTO recognises that collaboration is more of a conversation than a lecture, so they completed the process by commissioning a local tiler to create traditional tiles embossed with LWTO designs. Care for the LWTO garment comes in the form of a bar of coconut soap, made by the same method since 1933. 

She who wears LWTO is keenly aware of, and engaged with her surroundings. She travels not only to see the world, but to understand what it means to ask to be accepted in a space that is not her own. She finds strength in vulnerability. She finds knowledge through humility. She is sustainable and conscious of her environment because it's how she lives the whole of her life - it's a natural and logical aspect of her existence. 

Craftsmanship and quality are respected and key.  She looks for pieces that are unique and long lasting, that will adapt with her world as she moves through it.