The world is Lily Cole’s oyster at the moment. The 21-year-old face of Rimmel is studying for a degree at Cambridge, and is currently receiving rave reviews for her role as Valentina in The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus – the late Heath Ledger’s final film. And now Miss Cole has decided to join the green bandwagon by teaming up with friends to create an ethical knitwear line.
Lily has joined forces with model Katherine Poulton, Central St Martin’s alumni Alice Ashby, and eco-conscious fashion designer Isobel Davies (founder of the Izzy Lane ethical fashion label) to produce the range. With a tag line of ‘Knitted by grannies, Supported by supermodels’, The Northern Circular includes 16 designs of modern chunky knits all produced in the UK using wool from rescued Wensleydale sheep (awww) from the Izzy Lane sheep sanctuary. All items are knitted to demand and you can even follow the progress of your order on the local knitters’ blog written by the grannies who make the clothes!
'There's a great dynamic between us,' says Isobel. 'We live evidently different lives and come from different places but underlying The North Circular are shared passions and ideologies knitted together by our fabulous grannies. It's important for TNC to support our crafts people and our textile industry while continuing to rescue lambs from slaughter.'
Although the line is in the early stages right now, the foursome hope to expand it to include accessories, jewellery and even more womenswear. Exciting times ahead for Lils then! Beauty, brains and a social conscience… grrrr.