Sophie Allport is the namesake design house of a British illustrator who creates wonderful household products that are as lovely as they are useful. Sophie Allport is popular at Mary's Tack for her Horses line of kitchen linens, tote bags, and table top accessories. Her charming illustrations are simple yet sophisticated with a classic English country fresh feel. Sophie Allport is from Potterhanworth, England and attended Leeds Metropolitan University. She earned an honors degree in Graphic Art and Design with a specialty in illustration. She joined a London illustration agency and produced many artistic designs for books and magazines. Only two years later, in 1996, Sophie presented her artwork in the form of cards and limited edition prints at the Country Living Fair in London. They quickly sold out and Sophie has continued to participate in the popular event ever since.
After marrying and having three children, Sophie returned to the countryside she loved and settled near Stamford in Lincolnshire. Sophie partnered with her brother Jem, an accountant, to create Sophie Allport Limited in 2007. Jem oversees the business side of the company, expanding sales and marketing, while Sophie is able to focus her efforts on designing and developing products. Sophie now incorporates her stylish illustrations with more than cards and prints. She has created a wide range of products including placemats, coasters, mugs, cloth napkins, lunch bags, and a roll-up picnic blanket. The Horses Collection features Sophie's drawings of jumping and trotting horses and riders set against a soft stone grey background. The elegant design adds equestrian chic to any home and all of these items make excellent gifts for fellow horse lovers.