Warm & Wonderful Sheep Belt
Hand-stitched needlepoint belt featuring the iconic sheep pattern.
This traditional belt is 1.25" in width and is finished with full grain, vegetable tanned Italian leather and a solid brass buckle.
"Our collection includes collaborations with several British designers closely associated with the late Princess of Wales. Most importantly, perhaps, we have brought back the iconic “sheep sweater” - a red knit jumper emblazoned with rows of sheep (including one black sheep) - famously worn by Princess Diana and originally designed by two young women in their twenties, Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir, in 1979. Their label, Warm & Wonderful Knitwear, began with a market stall in London’s Covent Garden, but shot to fame in the early ‘80s when Lady Diana Spencer began wearing one of their sheep jumpers to her fiancé Prince Charles’ polo matches. David Bowie, Andy Warhol, and a string of other icons of the era were also early Warm & Wonderful customers.
“As artists, we've always identified with black sheep ourselves: because of a recessive gene, black sheep are born with black wool in flocks of otherwise white sheep (in a flock of a hundred, there might only be one black sheep!),” wrote Osborne and Muir. “Since Diana’s first public appearance in one of our bright red sheep jumpers — at a polo match in 1980 — she and the design have been inextricably linked.”
The pattern has been copied from time to time, but Osborne and Muir have not produced the original since 1994... until now. With a collaborative label, “Warm & Wonderful for Rowing Blazers,” the famous sweater is back.
“This design been copied or referenced by others over the years (sometimes without crediting or acknowledging the original designers). But collaborating with the original designers is exactly what makes this so special to me,” says Rowing Blazers creative director Jack Carlson. “I can just picture Joanna and Sally in their twenties, selling their jumpers to Sloane Rangers, pop stars, and royalty. I think there’s a lot of nostalgia in the air right now. When I was little, in the early '90s, my family lived in Hampstead in north London, and my mother had one of the original sheep sweaters. It looks as great now as it did then.”"