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Best Wardrobes in Britain: Rixo's Orlagh and Henrietta

Welcome to the latest highly exciting instalment of Who What Wear UK’s Best Wardrobes in Britain. It’s where we do exactly what that title says on the tin: delve into the most fantastical, awe-inspiring and downright influential wardrobes in this fair country of ours. We’re honing in on the women who cause the street style photographers to press their shutters as much as the characters you don’t yet know—the ones who fly under the radar with secretly incredible clothing collections.

If there’s one brand that has really changed the look of every wedding, party and office over the past few years, it has to be Rixo. Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey are best friends who have built a fashion empire from their kitchen table in a matter of years. I recall being one of the first journalists in 2015 to meet with the pair after instantly connecting to the vintage-style lookbook they had hustled to shoot.

Even though they only had a handful of samples at the time, it was plain to see that the girls had talent and that quitting their buying jobs wasn’t such an insane idea. The market was calling out for their aesthetic and their friendly price point for silk dresses you could wear to every occasion. Added to that, the two had an incredible work ethic and oodles of energy—one couldn’t help but love them, and I’ve cheered them on from the sidelines ever since.

So I’m thrilled that the usually quite shy pair allowed Team Who What Wear UK into their flat to dive into the bulging wardrobes that inspire their collections.