Born in Kuwait and raised in Oman, Sophie Anderson was introduced to discovery and exploration from an early age. Her international childhood exposed her to a wealth of colour, materials and traditional skills, providing her with the taste and inspiration for sourcing, adapting and styling the unusual.
Launched in October 2011, her eponymous collections are a fusion of vibrant colours and designs, comprising of hand woven bags, based on the traditional South American ‘mochila’ design.
Working closely with local indigenous tribeswomen and artists, she finely adapts the colour and style according to her eclectic eye. Each piece is a combination of modern and antique designs incorporated into a variety of materials and textiles. Her distinctive accessories are loved by fashionistas and celebrities alike with Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts and Thandi Newton having been spotted donning her eye-catching designs.
We caught up with Sophie for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.
I love Hampstead for walking and escaping the busy days in London, I immediately feel refreshed after a long walk. Marylebone is wonderful for all the delicious places to eat and drink.
Favourite place for brunch:
I really love The Providores but there are so many other amazing places like La Fromagerie for a more relaxed and casual brunch – I am always then inspired by all the delicious produce to buy and cook for later that day or over the weekend. Ginger Pig is perfect to add to also!
Best coffee in London:
I like making my own coffee, buying fresh beans from various inspiring suppliers and enjoying in the tranquility of my home or studio. Having a coffee out is also fun but I sometimes feel anxious afterwards navigating busy city traffic to my next meeting etc!
Favourite gallery or museum:
The Tate is always inspiring. Recently I also visited the Royal Academy to see the Hockney exhibition – The colours in his portraits were so vivid. Some pieces in the Tate have also inspired my creativity this summer. I loved a colourful and very geometric woven tapestry by Eduardo Paolozzi and also a silk screen print on canvas by Beatriz Gonzalez showing images of the then President of Colombia, enjoying himself at parties – apparently oblivious to the violence perpetrated by his government at the time.
Favourite place to shop:
My best friends atelier – SOLER Bevington Road- A very special little store with hand painted pieces that make you always feel like you are on a romantic adventure.
Favourite place to find inspiration:
When I am rested and the sun is shining I can find inspiration all around me. It is so important to take care of yourself inside and out.
Best London destination for a date:
I love Hardy’s restaurant also in Marylebone! They make a lovely Margharita and the restaurant feels very intimate and most importantly relaxed with incredible food.
St James Park is lovely as it is right in the middle of the busy city.
Favourite food market:
I love farmers markets, our closest one is Queens Park, the only problem is bumping into too many friends, I always end up buying or not buying the right ingredients! They have delicious Dim Sum there which is nice to snack on for a light lunch!
Your sanctuary in the city:
Being in the middle of a quiet park or at home.
What inspires you?
That is so hard to answer! Inspiration comes to me at all times and out of nowhere, which is what is so magical. Friends, the world around us, travels, dreams.
This season I’m loving:
My children and husband the most! And the colour bright cobalt blue and orange! Also currently being in Miami working and now looking forward to lots of holidays with my family and turning my computer off!