Designer Sophie Allport has just launched an exclusive collection of household items for sale at Wimbledon and tennis fans love her products.
Sophie, who lives near Oundle, was commissioned by The All England Lawn Tennis Club to design a range of products including mugs, jugs, cushions, napkins, oven gloves, tea towels and aprons.
They have been on sale exclusively at Wimbledon during the tournament and can also be bought all year round from the Wimbledon Museum Shop.
The Strawberries and Cream fabric design is set on a white background and is sold as a souvenir, capturing the quintessentially English appeal of Wimbledon. Also in the range is Sophie’s fine bone china mug featuring tennis rackets, balls, umpires’ chairs and the winners’ trophies.
She said: “I’m an avid tennis fan and used to work at Wimbledon when I was a teenager.
“To be commissioned to design an exclusive range is such an honour and we’ve heard its already selling really well which we’re delighted with.”
Sophie graduated from Leeds University in 1994 with a first class honours degree in graphic art and design, specialising in illustration.
She joined an illustration agency in London where she worked closely with many famous clients producing illustrations for books, magazines and wine labels.
Sophie’s brother Jem joined her in 2007 and Sophie Allport Limited, based just outside Stamford, was launched.
Married with three sons, she moved out of London in 2008 to the Northamptonshire countryside.
The company has gone from strength to strength and won the award for the best trade stand at Burghley in 2010, a certificate of merit at Chelsea Flower Show last year and the award for the best trade stand at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2011.