Hannah Stote is a sustainable knitwear designer and maker from Bournemouth, England. She graduated from Bath Spa University in 2019.
Hannah first started knitting the summer before her final year at university. as her fashion design course did not offer knitting as as a specialism, she took a month-long machine knitting course between her 2nd and 3rd year of university to learn the basics. For her graduate project, she created a six look fully-knitted collection, which she showed alongside her university at Graduate Fashion Week 2019. From her university show, she was selected to exhibit in the Best of Gala show and won the Catwalk Knitwear Award.
she also showed at London Fashion Week in September 2019 alongside four other graduates, under ‘GFW Presents’ and as part of the British fashion council’s Positive Fashion Exhibition.
Hannah’s main aim is to create thoughtful, timeless knitwear that embodies the values of slow fashion. As well as being made from 100% natural fibres, her work is designed to be unravelled and re-knitted. This creates a circular production system that limits waste. Some of the yarn used in her graduate collection originally came from old unravelled jumpers, showing how the process can be used again and again for new garments.
As well as developing a capsule collection inspired by her graduate collection, Hannah would like to continue researching into traditional knitting techniques and re-invent them into modern garments, accessories or home furnishings. she would also like to gain more experience in the industry working for independent brands that are focusing on sustainability and traceability in their supply line.