Smitten \\ Hambro & Miller…

Creativity - Everyday - Folk

traditional scandi style handknits from Hambro&Miller

original image via Hambro&Miller by Joanna MacLennan

Hambro&Miller Anna Phillips at home

I’ve hung on to this one, just awaiting Autumn, and since it’s also Wool Week, it seems the perfect time to share with you the utter delight I find in this traditionally styled, handknitted children’s knitwear (it’s been soooo hard to wait, I hope you see why!)

Owner & designer, Anna Phillips, is the creative force behind the beauty that is Hambro & Miller. Founded from the love of seeing her own children wearing her mother’s handknits, Anna began sourcing the finest natural yarns (think cashmere, alpaca & merino), enlisting the help of expert knitters across the country, and creating a small collection of traditionally styled, high quality garments & accessories, all handmade in the UK.

With an emphasis on traditional craft, Anna draws strongly on elements of her Scandinavian roots alongside the landscapes, light & beaches of Nordic lands, to create practical & comfortable clothing with a vintage aesthetic. Suitable for both boys & girls in styles that will never date, these garments are meant to be grown in, well worn, cherished and passed down the generations with stories in their threads ~ be still my heart!

I first came across Anna by pure chance, right in the early days of her first collection. It’s been a joy to see Anna’s collections grow, and I hear a whisper that, in addition to the more recent women’s accessories line; adult and older children’s wear is planned soon ~ I cannot wait!

Hambro & Miller isn’t a cheap option, but (as with all quality handmade) when you consider the time, love and dedication in the design & handknitted aspects, plus the quality and the idea of being heirloom garments, it makes them something so truly special.
{Little tip…like me, Anna is based is West Sussex, and if you’re near Lewes, samples can sometimes be found if you’re quick at Fleurie.}

And, just a teaser, but Anna was/is also an interior designer. That beautiful kitchen up there is part of the family home. It  is mostly handmade using reclaimed, recycled, vintage & heirloom furniture. This style is reflected throughout Anna’s home & further highlights her heritage & scandinavian influences. It makes me swoon! You can see more here &  here.

Anna’s collections just make me want to wrap Boo up & take a walk on a blustery beach or for a romp through the woods. In fact, I think that’s just what we”ll do this weekend.

Have a good one x


(Original images by Joanna MacLennan)

Comments (1)

  1. Jane Day

    Well I can’t wait if an older children’s collection is on the cards! I too fell in love at first with Anna’s home before I knew about her beautiful knitwear. Doobs is hankering after a tank top so I shall keep watching with bated breath …. Jx

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