Behind The Names
It’s only natural that we name our debut pieces after women since SOTP is a brand founded by women, made for women, and has an all women team. Here we celebrate the 9 women who inspire us and the products we’ve named in their honour.
Elsa Schiaparelli - Coco Chanel's rival
The Elsa Jumpsuit
Nope, not the Disney princess you were thinking. Our Elsa jumpsuit is named after Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Along with her greatest rival Coco Chanel, she is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two World Wars.
She was also one of the first designers to introduce the jumpsuit into the fashion world for women. Her post war design was derived by war and practicality in the 1930s. She wanted to create a functional and practical garment that women could wear in the context of wartime as well as an everyday piece of fashionable clothing, and in so doing she made a design that was both practical and socially significant. It represented the independence of women.
Fashion Icons: Emma Stone, Blake Lively and Alexa Chung
Emma Shell Top
Oscar winning Emma Stone, Hollywood sweetheart always looks chic off and on the red carpet. We dedicate our shell top to her.
Blake Lively’s love of smart tailoring and is often seen on the red carpet in blazers and suits. We can’t think of many others who can carry off a blazer, both masculine and feminine as well as she does. It seems apt that we name our essential blazer after her. XOXO, Gossip Girl.
Alexa Wrap Dress
Alexa Chung has won the British style Icon award 3 times running. She has the ability to stay ahead of trends and spin looks uniquely her way. We love her wardrobe and we love her so much we had to name a dress after her. And our wish is for our customers to take our classic pieces and style them to match their personality and mood.
Katharine Hepburn, Old Hollywood Leading Lady
Katharine Wide Leg Pants
Katharine Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. A tomboy at heart, she started to wear men’s trousers at a time when it was very uncommon to do so because she felt comfortable in them. It was not a popular choice in her time and she alienated part of her audience for doing so, but In time she became popular again as people started to admire her for her fearlessness. Search Katharine Hepburn online and be awed by how she pulled off the wide leg pants.
Alyssa Mastromonaco - Obama's aide
Aly Reversible Top
Do you miss the Obama Era as much as we do? Our reversible top is named after his White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Alyssa Mastromonaco, who is now the President of Global Communications Strategy & Talent at A&E Networks. #girlpower #yougogirl! Pick up her book “Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should” if you haven’t already. Our designer read it while brainstorming this very first collection and we think you will enjoy it very much too.
Zhang Xin: The woman who built Beijing
Xin Twisted Sheath Dress
Named after Zhang Xin, who has been dubbed “the woman who built Beijing,” real-estate magnate Zhang Xin grew up poor in Communist China, worked 12-hour days on textile factory assembly lines at age 15, used her savings to further her education in England and worked for Goldman Sachs for sometime before founding SOHO China, the largest property developer in China. She is now worth over $3 billion and looks like a million bucks too.
“Who can describe the transports of a beam truly parental on beholding a daughter shoot up like some fair and modest flower, and acquire, day after day, fresh beauty and growing sweetness, so as to fill every eye with pleasure and every heart with admiration?" George Fordyce
Our Freya draped top and the Lauren knit skirt are named after the daughters of two of our founding SOTP partners. They may just be toddlers, but inspire us daily in so many ways, something we believe many of our SOTP women who are mums will attest to.