Stephanie's training in fashion design and pattern cutting began at Southend on Sea College and progressed to St. Martins School of Art. Then she set up in business designing and making ladies clothes, initially selling at dress parties and later in her own shop.
With the help of partner Stuart they began wholesaling to small boutiques and a sucessful telephone call to a buyer at Liberty's lead to a 13 year association with the well known store during which they also showed their collections at the London show and the Paris Pret leading to sales in Europe and America. However with the recession of the early 1990's and Stuart's poor health they sadly abandoned the clothing industry in favour of the Antiques trade.
After working briefly for a local company designing and pattern cutting for high street stores Stephanie came across an old floor loom in a local antique centre. With a little help from an experienced weaver friend the loom was set up and she began weaving cloth. In fact she was so pleased with the first fabric on its return from the cloth finishers in Scotland she bought a more modern 60 inch flyshuttle loom and the Designer Weaving Company was born.
With her clothing design background and living on the hills of Radnorshire surrounded by sheep, wool seemed the ideal fibre for weaving cloth and thoughts soon turned to the coats and jackets which have become her trademark.