The Sue Hill brand was established in 2004 when Sue gave up her managerial position with an international publishing and exhibition company to have her son Jack.
Sue, taught by her mother, Valerie, at the age of ten, had always knitted for children, mainly for birthday and Christmas presents. So mother and daughter made up some patterns of their own and started knitting designs using the best yarn they could find at the time.
As their hand knits became known, they were asked more and more for softer yarns, cashmere with cotton or wool and then pure cashmere. At the same time, one of Sue’s most trusted knitters lent her some of her patterns that she had knitted for her children. Sue fell in love with the beautiful vintage designs, mainly from the ‘50s and started concentrating on adapting these designs to use with modern yarns.
As Sue took on more knitters, more vintage patterns came to light in attics and dusty boxes, some dating as far back as 1935! Now the range includes designs adapted from the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s.
Different ideas came to fruition such as her unique buttons – hand covered in the same knitted yarn as the garment, hand embroidered roses, soldiers etc. All of these making Sue Hill designs so different and unique.
The yarns used are the finest available – pure cashmere and merino cashmere blends all spun, twisted and dyed to Sue’s specification in Italy.
Sue is best known for her vintage cashmere baby knits which include baby dresses, pram coats, bonnets and booties but in 2010 she added a fabric clothing collection, handmade in Liberty print fabric blending with 100% cottons, wools and other luxury fabrics.
The same principles apply to her Liberty print and special occasion collections – everything is made locally and individually. Naomi, Sue’s talented pattern maker works with Sue to produce the designs and their highly skilled seamstresses make up the unique designs that combine with the hand knitted range.
In 2011, Sue saw that there was great demand for children's special occasion wear at realistic prices. Soon a complete collection of flower girl dresses, junior bridesmaid dresses and page boy outfits was created. As each dress or outfit is made to order, the bride can have exactly what she has envisaged for her big day.
Because of both Sue and Naomi’s pattern making skills, the company is able to make up designs from any customers ideas. The bespoke service offered is quite unique, offering a combination of handmade skills.
Everything about Sue’s garments is British made – Sue’s knitters and seamstresses are based all over the UK and in regular contact to discuss patterns, yarns and fabrics.