How sunny wellington started

sunny wellington is an eco-friendly fashion label for women. It was started by Rachel Jillions in 2004 after she graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a First Class BA Hons in Fashion Design, Manufacture, Marketing and Promotion. For her final collection Rachel sourced her fabrics from local ragtraders around the West Yorkshire area, Rachel found the sourcing of these fabrics exciting and more fulfilling than working with new fabrics. She accentuated the worn, battered and weathered feel of the fabrics and highlighted them within the individual designs of the clothes. This is why each piece of clothing is completely individual and special for each new customer.

The first sunny wellington collection was sold in Facile Clothing, Leeds and Fenella’s, Essex in Autumn/Winter 2004, it sold out within 2 weeks of being stocked in the Leeds shop.

sunny wellington went on to design, create and produce a collection each season, expanding it’s customer base by showing at different shows, fairs and stocking in more shops and boutiques around the UK. By 2006 sunny wellington was stocking in 5 shops in Leeds, York and Essex and taking part in UpMarket Brick Lane over the summer and Christmas months.

Rachel started her MA in Design Management for the Fashion Industries at London College of Fashion in 2007, with working full time at the College as well, she decided to stop sunny wellington until she finished her MA studies. Her MA dissertation and final practice-based project was about on and offline communities and bringing people together through a shared interest in crafts and recycling. The results can be found at


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