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HLN x Oubas Knitwear

The luxury British knitwear brand to know.

Written by High Life North
Published 05.12.2020

Oubas Knitwear is a Lake District-based knitwear brand, founded by Kate Stalker in 2012.

Kate attributes her inspiration for Oubas to a childhood growing up in the Lake District, and a love of the history of the area as a working landscape, mixing industry with raw beauty.

This is reflected by Kate’s choice to work exclusively with British artisans using ethically-sourced materials from leading woollen mills and spinners. Each of the gorgeous pieces begins life in the Cumbrian workshop, on a traditional hand-flat knitting machine, before being crafted in small batches by specialist knitwear mills either in Cumbria, in Leicester, or in the borders of Scotland.

Kate has built close relationships with the technicians and hand finishers across the mills, which allows Oubas to grow and develop the quality of their pieces – making sure each unique piece is perfect when it reaches its new home.

Each piece is steeped in the history of the Lake District, embodying simple and sustainable luxury, and honouring the tradespeople and environment that inspired Kate to create Oubas.

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Pure luxury…

Oubas’ long Donegal merino cardigan has a deep ribbed hem and cuffs. The shawl collar falls open to the front, with no pockets to keep the line clean. A weighty cardigan knitted from 100% Merino wool, spun in Ireland. We’d style with an all-ivory outfit and tan accessories. 

The ultimate cosy jumper…

This is the same high grade of lambswool used in their fine wrap cardigan but plied up for a heavier, super cosy winter jumper. 

Women’s Chunky Jumper Russet Red – £165

The same style of jumper in high-grade lambswool in a gorgeous russet shade. Our editor Laura’s favourite pick as a sustainable investment treat this winter. 

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A multi-tasking beauty…

A delicate twisted cashmere piece in a fine rib. Pure Scottish spun and dyed cashmere, which you can wear either as a headband or around the neck. Super soft to have next to your skin and really warm. Oubas has designed this in a fine rib, meaning it has a good stretch for comfort, but will wear well. A versatile piece available in a variety of in rich Autumnal shades.

The iconic Brant Wrap…

The Brant Wrap is a soft lambswool wrap and has been a statement piece since Oubas was founded in 2012. These cherished investment pieces are knit in yarn spun and dyed in an internationally renowned Scottish mill, established in 1867. They are knit for Oubas in a mill in Leicester, England, before they are hand washed and pressed in Cumbria. The fine 1-ply wool creates the lightest fabric; barely there, yet with all the warmth of wool.


Which comes in cashmere too…

A Limited edition of the Brant Wrap, in a rich Mulberry purple. True shade is seen in the detailed close-up image on the website. The statement Brant wrap has an open ladder and fine stitch throughout. Creating a light yet warm piece to wrap up in or wear over the shoulders. This luxurious piece in soft cashmere is hand made on the hand-operated fine knitting machine; washed and finished by Kate at OUBAS in Cumbria. This piece has been in the collection since our first season and is a firm favourite with customers due it’s versatility, weight and soft hand-feel.

Russet Donegal Wool Jumper – £155

A soft woollen knit in a gorgeous traditional Donegal fleck Merino. Possibly your new favourite; an easy throw-on style. Size up if you like a looser fit.

Knitted for Oubas in Scotland using seamless knitting machines, for comfort and fit.

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