Sophie Darling

Making gorgeous slow fashion garments one piece at a time!

Starting out with hand-rendered printing techniques, the Sophie Darling label was launched in 2013 and has slowly emerged one print at a time into the distinctive brand we find today.

As well as their online store, the Sophie Darling shop can be visited in Brighton. A welcoming and diverse city – renowned for its culture, creativity and sustainability ethics – it makes an ideal location for the Sophie Darling HQ and studio which shares these qualities.

This is a studio that prides itself on using local craftspeople to create handmade garments from stunningly unique repeat pattern illustrations.

We are not just about fashion; we are about print, expression and versatility."

Sophie Darling signature image
Sophie Darling portrait
Sophie Darling bomber jackets

Slow fashion ethos

‘Slow fashion’ is the mantra for this label. Focussing on high-quality designs over trend-driven clothing, these pieces are timeless. The classic bomber jacket reinterpreted with beautiful modern illustrations is a perfect example!


Sophie’s illustrations, inspired by Japanese wood block prints are given a contemporary twist with colour, shape and composition. The silhouetted elements of her designs build into a repeat pattern ready for print.

Sophie illustration detail


By studying the fascinating history of the bomber jacket Sophie has added her own chapter using modern repeat pattern designs to create stylish garments. Whether worn with a pair of jeans or over a tailored dress, they are so versatile.

Here at The Silk Bureau we are very proud to print Sophie’s illustrations onto the finest Silk Crepe de Chine which is used to create relaxed but luxurious everyday wear.

Sophie Darling jackets

Digital fabric printing with Sophie Darling at The Silk Bureau

fabric in print
fabric in wash
fabric in processing

Tracking the design through the factory from print to processing. The many stages of creating digitally printed fabrics is fascinating to follow.


Find out more

Sophie Darling | 07866 4232266 | Studio 11, Beaconsfield Workshops | 25 Ditchling Rise | Brighton | BN1 4QL

Videos: Silk Bureau Ltd

Photography courtesy of Sophie Darling


27 Gloucester Road | Brighton | BN1 4AQ 

Monday – Saturday 10:30 – 5:30 
Sunday 11:00 – 5:00

Printing Scarves


The processes involved in digital textile printing causes the original fabric to shrink. If you are printing scarves, the size of the finished product will be important to you. For example, if you have square artwork, you will be expecting your finished scarf to be square!

To get the printed fabric closer to the size you need, all fabric intended for scarves must go through an extra step to reshape it. Please allow extra time on your deadlines to allow for this process. 

Let us introduce you to the …


The stenter is an enormous piece of machinery that has many uses, including coating our fabrics and reshaping scarf orders.

After travelling through a solution to soften the fabric, it then passes over a flat bed, gripped on the selvedge edges to pull it back into shape. 

It’s a long and precise process that needs to be carefully monitored.

Shrinkage Disclaimer

If you have selected to use our hemming service, we will check the stentered fabric for you before we begin to finish your scarves. If you are not using our service, it’s up to you to check the size BEFORE you cut out the individual scarves from the fabric length. We cannot re-size after your scarves have been cut out.