Sophie Hulme founded her eponymous brand in 2007 and rapidly became famous for her refined creations. The strength of this young British label? High-end fabrics (such as saddle leather), along with an anti-trend approach (she prefers long-lasting handbags to ephemera of a season) and controlled prices. Skillfully combining know-how and humor, Sophie Hulme's creations feature no logo or branding and are solely recognizable by their functional details, such as the small metal plates, inspired by engineering techniques to distribute the weight and relieve the handles on the Albion tote, iconic design of the brand.
Sophie Hulme was born in the North of London and grew up in the London cultural scene. She studied art at the University of Kingston, where she also attended styling courses. Interested in design, she started in the field by imagining a ready-to-wear line for her end-of-year collection. She then launched her brand only a few months after graduation. She designed her first line of luxury handbags in 2011, a success. A year later, Sophie Hulme received the Emerging Talent Award at the British Fashion Awards.