‘A guest wore our wrap dress to the royal wedding–Iworeitto work with flip-flops’
considered a career in design on an art foundation year in London. ‘I was so homesick and it was quite hard to make friends – everyone was quite fashion-y,’ she says. So instead of studying fashion design as planned, she took a year out and went to do architecture. ‘My twin sister was on the course and I thought, “I’ll go back home and do architecture and everything will be OK and I’ll be happy.” But I realised that’s not really what I wanted to do.’ She returned to the London College of Fashion, this time enrolled on a fashion management degree course, where she met someone who she ‘clicked with’: Cheshire-born Henrietta Rix, now 27.
The pair began collaborating on projects and spending weekends together trawling vintage shops, before moving into a shared student house in their final year. After they finished their dissertations, that house Orlagh, ‘and I wore it into work all summer with flip-flops.’
Orlagh is in charge of design, Henrietta the marketing, social media and events aspects of the business – though in the beginning they both did everything, even answering customer-care emails.
Early fitting sessions took place in the living room of their Barons Court student house, with friends and Orlagh’s twin sister road-testing the designs.
‘My mum now lives in Rixo,’ says Henrietta, ‘so she’s an easy one to get Christmas presents for. I’ve got four brothers, and all their wives and girlfriends wear it in completely different ways. And my mum’s auntie, who is 79, texts me when she wants something – usually the blouses – and then she’ll send me a photo.’
Part of Rixo’s appeal is that, despite specialising in a certain aesthetic, the