Founded by designer Bronwyn Lowenthal in 2002, Lowie is a sustainable womenswear label built from a love for traditional handicraft techniques, heritage elements, and an unwavering appreciation for the environment.
Bronwyn was raised on the Australian island of Tasmania which sits at the confluence of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. Much of her childhood was spent exploring and learning about the planet and the ways we can protect it.
At 10 years old she was enrolled in sewing classes, and by age 12, Bronwyn was asking her neighbours for their throwaway clothes so she could upcycle them sell at the local craft market. Much of her school holidays were spent designing and making clothing to sell at a few local boutiques.
After attending fashion college in Brisbane, Bronwyn set out to travel the world before finally settling in London. In Bali, she became enamoured by all things craft. And in Turkey, she fell in love with the traditional hand-knitting and brought colourful socks and slippers back for friends. These socks, made from colourful scraps of yarn, became the first Lowie product—the Lowie Turkish Socks.
Nearly two decades later, Lowie has grown from its humble beginnings in knitwear accessories to a vibrant womenswear label releasing two collections a year. We are a South London brand with a design studio in Brixton, a shop one in Herne Hill and another in Crystal Palace.
Despite the passing of time, Lowie has stayed true to its roots and the ethos on which Bronwyn built it. In our designs we continue to share our love of colour and design, to be inspired by elements of craft and to incorporate traditional techniques such as hand embroidery and knitting and hand screen printing. As a brand, Lowie tries to be as ethical and sustainable as possible, putting the issues of sustainability and renewability at the forefront. We seek sustainably made fabrics, manufacture with low energy consumption, and work with manufacturers we trust and who pay their workers fairly.
As we move forward, we hope to continue to provide women with sustainable and fashionable options, and to create high quality garments that are feminine, fun, and functional. We also hope to find ways to become more sustainable to create a better world for ourselves and for future generations.