''Eleven Six represents an appreciation for the beautiful things in life.''
Catherine and Nick, the British couple behind the label, chose to follow their hearts in pursuit of their true passions. Inspired by a trip she took with her husband to the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, Catherine made the decision to leave her career in corporate fashion, Nick having done the same some years prior. Pregnant at the time and in awe by the life growing inside her, Eleven Six was born from a combination of Catherine’s birth date in the European style, Eleven June, and their son Oliver’s due date in customary U.S form, November Six. Catherine, Nick and their two children now live full-time Upstate New York. Their love of travel and eye for unique, handcrafted, and beautiful products influences the pair's work.
''Worn alone or mix and matched for a headtotoe look, refined silhouettes evoke a relaxed femininity that is underscored by a signature neutral palette.''
Eleven Six is a knitwear brand. As a child growing up in England, Catherine learned to knit from her mother and grandmother; encouraged by her love for the art, she studied Fashion Textiles at the prestigious Central Saint Martins and then Knitwear at the University of Brighton. Since moving to New York in 2002, she has designed knits for Calvin Klein, Anne Klein and Club Monaco, where she was, most recently, Senior Director of Knitwear.
Combining contemporary design with traditional Andean knitting techniques, Eleven Six offers an effortless, yet elevated approach to knit dressing. As a mother, wife, and entrepreneur, Catherine designs for the modern woman in need of a versatile wardrobe to suit a lifestyle of work, travel and play. Inspired by Peru’s rich heritage of craftsmanship in textiles, modern separates are created from the finest spun Alpaca yarns. Worn alone or mix and matched for a headtotoe look, refined silhouettes evoke a relaxed femininity that is underscored by a signature neutral palette. Intended to be worn cross-seasonally, these core neutrals allow the Eleven Six woman to compose a wardrobe that allows for just that.
''Produced by the most experienced craftsmen and women, the majority of Eleven Six collections are crafted in two small family owned factories.''
The novelty and more eclectic items are handmade by a women’s cooperative of artisans in Peru and Bolivia. These women, empowered and working in an entrepreneurial environment, are dedicated to the production of high quality pieces using traditional textile techniques of hand knitting, macramé, crochet, and hand weaving. The many hours that are devoted to crafting every item make each piece produced by an artisan one of a kind. It’s tag denoting the artist’s signature and an edition number, passes on some handcrafted love to its new owner.
Created in limited quantities to Catherine’s design and technical specifications, each Eleven Six knit has its own identity inherent to its craftoriented fabrication. Picking out a piece from an Eleven Six collection is like finding an unexpected treasure on a faraway trip; it’s something the wearer loves from the start, making it their own over time.
''Soft and silky to the touch, the experience of feeling baby alpaca against the skin may make you never want to take it off.''
Alpaca is luxurious fiber. Indigenous to South America, the Peruvian Alpaca is shorn once yearly; Eleven Six exclusively uses yarn that is natural, sustainable, ecofriendly and ethical. Baby alpaca, the prime, supple fleece produced by alpacas of all ages, is the primary fiber in each Eleven Six piece. Through the process of evolution, the Alpaca has developed fleece that allows the hypoallergenic fiber to withstand the cold as well as the equatorial warmth. Very simply, that means that Eleven Six collections span the breadth of all seasons, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Eleven Six works with master artisans in Peru and Bolivia to thoughtfully craft products of uncompromised quality and beauty, creating, with love, a contemporary collection of luxurious and easy–to–wear knitwear. Committed to supporting women entrepreneurs and small businesses, Eleven Six looks forward to contributing to the education of future craftsmen and women in their art.