New shop opens for eco-fashion house

Beate Kubitz and Nicola Sherlock-Windle at Makepiece's new Hebden Bridge shop
Beate Kubitz and Nicola Sherlock-Windle at Makepiece's new Hebden Bridge shop

FASHION house Makepiece has made a move down the valley.

The Market Street, Hebden Bridge, shop, run by Beate Kubitz and Nicola Sherlock-Windle, stocks woollen clothes, tagged as “from sheep to chic”, and has until now operated from Dale Street, Todmorden.

The Todmorden shop will take orders for made-to-measure knits, wedding and special occasion creations by appointment only while Beate and Nicola get their Hebden Bridge shop going.

Makepiece, which utilises wool from their own flock of sheep, farmed above Todmorden, has garnered much media attention over the past few years.

In February they were featured on the BBC’s Countryfile television programme as part of its look at the South Pennines, reporter Julia Bradbury spending some time modelling a wollen eco-friendly wedding dress designed and produced by Makepiece.

Their new move down the valley started after their woollen wears were on sale in Heart Gallery, also in Market Street, Hebden Bridge, and they believe the new shop has more passing trade.

“We did a sale in the garden there and just thought it’s gone so well there’s got to be something in it,” said Beate. “There’s more footfall and interest with tourists here than in Todmorden,” she said.

In terms of design, she is confident Makepiece will continue to develop, continuing its commitment to producing its designs in an eco-friendly way.

“Our clothes are always very interesting. When we design things we approach it from a technical knitting position and that makes them a lot more 3D in appearance.

“It’s made locally, sustainably and in a low-impact way,” said Beate.

Their opening days in Hebden Bridge have been successful, she said.

“They’ve been brilliant. It’s been really nice to see some new faces and there’s been lots of enthusiasm.”