Our Suppliers’ Stories – Otso

Otso – The Spirit of the Bear

Otso Clothing produces stylish casual wear, including T-shirts and hoodies, in collaboration with local artists and illustrators. All of the garments are manufactured to Fair Wear Foundation Standards, are printed in the UK and hand-finished in Holmfirth.

The bear is seen in Scandinavian folklore as a friend, brother and forest cousin; this spirit-of-the-bear-inspired clothing label pursues a dream of collaborating with locally-based creative friends to create a range of stylish, contemporary garments. Otso’s Fair Wear ethos allows for a percentage of profits to go into the artist’s pocket as well as promoting ethical manufacturing standards both locally and globally.

With a longing to create a clothing label that reflects an outdoor lifestyle whilst retaining a streetwear edge, Otso founder Simon Kenworthy was inspired by a life of boisterous escapades and wild experiences. From camping with pals as a youth in Hebden Bridge and Holmfirth, to, in more recent years, traveling to far-flung lands across the globe, it’s safe to say that Simon’s adventurous streak cannot be extinguished.

Bears are in touch with the earth and the cycles of nature. As is the company – that’s why all Otso garments are ethically produced and printed and finished locally by hand.

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