It starts with a 20 year old jumper. Made of wool, subtly oversized, it’s flattering and elegant. You put it on and don’t have to think about it.
20 years ago (well, 23 now), my mother bought this jumper. I spent years trying to find one just like it. I couldn’t. So I decided to create one.
The result is Navygrey - which began in early 2019. A small collection of understated, elegant pieces to weather the trends of time. Eight jumpers. Three cardigans. I have always loved jumpers. Vivid memories of dad's wool v necks. The comfort of mum's navy jumper. The reassuring presence of Grandpa's beige cardigan every time we popped over for tea.
I love how they transcend generations. I love how they make you feel. The softness, the ease, the earthiness of natural wool fibres. I love how, over time they become slowly yours - entwined with your life. Go-to-pieces of comfort that make you feel at home.
At the heart of Navygrey is a real passion for creating beautiful classics - inspired by the past - reimagined for today.
Growing up by the sea in the north west of England, the influence of the swirling blue skies and grey seas underpins our palette, coupled with the simple pragmatism of needing a jumper to keep you warm.
When I look back at old family pictures, weekends and holidays - it's always the same. The backdrop of the sea and the enduring uniform of jeans and a good jumper.
x Rachel, Founder
Our knitwear has been featured in Vogue, Harpers, The Sunday Times Style, The Daily Telegraph, Stella, The Financial Times, Red Magazine, to name a few.
We make our knitwear in Portugal at a lovely small factory just outside of Porto. In 2021 a number of pieces will also be crafted in London.
Family owned, our postage-stamp sized garden studio in Rachel's back garden in south west London is our first HQ. Our small team of wonderful women that bring Navygrey to life are currently working on some new things, including something very beautiful up in Scotland and a natural wool range crafted entirely from premium British wool exclusively sourced from the north-west of England where Rachel grew up.
We sell directly to customers on our website, rather than via department stores and e-commerce platforms.
Classics. Made better.
We are committed to creating beautiful, pragmatic pieces. Knitwear to really live in.
Effortless, easy pieces that are simple and enduring - each one underpinned by traceable, 100% natural fibres that we know have come from a good place. Classics. Made better.
The sky clouds over. There's a draught at home.
The hand-me-down. Remembering your dad.
A walk in the Lakes, Bantham beach. Your third date.