London based design duo Sarah and Sorrentino have been making beautiful silk scarves since 2014. They later branched out into other garments, and their latest collection sports a wonderful selection of dresses, trousers, shorts and shirts as well as their signature scarves. The duo consists of Sarah Pasricha and Louisa Sorrentino. I caught up with Sarah to discuss their line and her route into fashion.

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When asked how she would describe her line, Sarah answered without hesitation “print-focused” and it “should make you feel like you are on holiday when you are wearing” it. Both designers are heavily influenced by “the diverse cultures you find in London” and by their travels abroad. Their first collection in particular took inspiration from the large African population on the doorstep of their studio on Ridley Road in East London. The team stays true to their origins by mainly working in silk because as Sarah says “it is so luxurious and the colours and prints look amazing when printed on silk”.

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The duo met working as textile artists in the film industry. Sarah had a fairly traditional route into fashion prior to this -she studied fashion design at Nottingham Trent University in England and later worked for Ralph Lauren in New York before becoming a textile artist. Louisa did a Textile MA at Chelsea College of Art in London and becoming a textile artist enabled her to put into practice what she had learnt. Sarah and Louisa spent many years working together in the film industry. As Sarah says, they “then decided that we wanted to create some way of showcasing our prints so we decided to go with scarves first and clothing became a natural progression”. She states that the best part of her job is “getting to share her prints with the world”.

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Fans of the brand include the English actress and model Cara Delevingne who was spotted sporting one of the duo’s silk scarves, which was a high point for Sarah. Their products have been featured in British Vogue and many other UK fashion magazines. It has not all been plain sailing however. There have been challenges along the way to overcome too. They had to search hard to find good “quality and affordable manufacturers and printers”. They are proud that each Sarah and Sorrentino piece is digitally printed and produced in the UK and are keen to keep it that way.

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Article by Deshani Shan © LaModaChannel