‘A guest wore our wrap dress to the royal wed­ding–Iwor­e­itto work with flip-flops’

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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

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