After having their children Ros Badger, a knitwear designer, and Elaine Scott, a businesswoman, quickly realized that there was a demand for well-made, stylish children's knitwear. Ros had worked for many years with leading fashion companies, designing and producing hand knits for, among others, Betty Jackson and U2. Elaine ran a knitwear company in the 1980s and has worked as an accounts manager for other design companies. As Little Badger they launched their first mail order catalogue in Spring 1996. With Little Badger, these two talented women have combined their experience to create a unique style. Their influences range from contemporary fashion trends to 1940s and 1950s knitting patterns and from the outset they have used only the best quality natural materials in their designs. Ros's knitwear make great play of updated traditional knitting techniques combined with a modern colour palette.
Ros Badger has been designing for over 25 years.
Having learned how to crochet at the age of eight, Ros has made things all her life, customising clothes, restoring old furniture, growing food and flowers and cooking everything from bread to vegetarian feasts.
In recent years, as well as working as a stylist for magazines and newspapers,including the Telegraph and Sunday Times. Ros has begun holding workshops and weekly classes teaching adults and children how to knit and sew.
She teaches sewing masterclass courses regularly in France at Chateau Dumas http://www.chateaudumas.net/home/home.htm.
Ros's most recent book, Homemade: Gorgeous Things to Make with Love, co-authored with Elspeth Thompson is published by Harper Collins in the UK and Skyhorse Publishing in the USA.
Ros has also author of two successful knitting books, Little Badger Contemporary Classics (Ebury press) and Instant Expert Knitter (Octopus books).
Her mail order business Little Badger specialized in fashionable hand knitwear and T shirts for children and had a pioneering approach, using logos and imagery previously not associated with childrenswear:
Little Badger's customers were world wide and included celebrities from Nicole Kidman to Bono, as well as many figures in the fashion world.
An ex-designer for Betty Jackson and Marks & Spencer among others, Ros also did a stint as knitwear expert on the C4 Big Breakfast programme,
Ros hosts Pop Up Shops under the trade name 'Its Loveliness Increases'. Scouring markets and sale rooms across the UK and France. She sells vintage finds, from furniture, paintings and textiles to objet d'art and mid century contemporary pieces.
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Ros Badger has an incredible eye her sales are full of wonderful things, every single one something you want to live with; each object or picture or textile treasure with its own history. Badger's vision is life enhancing and so are her sales.
Daisy Garnett, Vogue journalist June 2010