From an early age, Sophie Allport has enjoyed expressing her creative side. With a background in graphic art and design and a specialization in illustrations, Sophie eventually decided to use her artwork to create home and kitchen décor.
Sophie and her entrepreneur brother, Jem, cofounded Sophie Allport Limited. The duo’s abilities complement one another—he controls the business side, and she heads the creative aspects of the business.
Her lighthearted and whimsical spirit is evident in her pen and watercolor illustrations, which range from dogs and pheasants to roses and fruit. The multicolored landscape of the countryside surrounding her home inspires her graphics. She treats each product with care: her mugs offer a unique touch with her handwriting on the inside.
Sophie manages to balance her business along with her family life. Though it’s not always effortless, she advises women dealing with the same challenges to persevere. “It’s amazing to have your own business, but it is seriously hard work, and you do have to make lots of sacrifices.”
Text Nicole Caston