The Rope Collection


The art of ropework has always had a personal resonance for Anya, if you look closely our bow logo is actually a knotted piece of rope. The Summer 2020 collection is an exploration of the history and craft of rope making and knot work, particularly how ropework became a source of artistry during long voyages when sailors used rope to create toys, lucky charms and complex decorative knotwork.

The Art of Craftsmanship


The ropework charms, straps and handles used for the Summer
2020 collection were inspired by traditional sailor’s duffel
bags and all use traditional knotwork techniques. Each one
takes several hours to make by hand.

The new Trivet tote takes 13 hours and 34 metres of
rope to create. Each piece is hand-shaped and stitched
before being assembled.

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The Art of Craftsmanship


The ropework charms, straps and handles used for the Summer 2020 collection were inspired by traditional sailor’s duffel bags and all use traditional knotwork techniques. Each one takes several hours to make by hand.

The new Trivet tote takes 13 hours and 34 metres of rope to create. Each piece is hand-shaped and stitched before being assembled.


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The Rope Neeson

We’ve also reimagined the much-loved Neeson
collection using the same hand-weaving techniques but
with rope instead of leather. It takes 87 metres of rope
to create the Neeson Tall Tote.

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Rope Neeson

We’ve also reimagined the much-loved Neeson collection using the same hand-weaving techniques but with rope instead of leather. It takes 87 metres of rope to create the Neeson Tall Tote.

On Location

We chose the Victorian Ropery at Chatham Historic Dockyard for the location of our campaign shoot, the last traditional working ropewalk in the world and the only original Royal Navy ropeyard to remain in operation.

Rope has been made at the ropery for over 400 years and has been used to rig some of the world’s mightiest ships. The rope walk itself is an awe-inspiring quarter-mile long space to enable the production of 220-meter long ropes, enough to anchor a ship in 40 fathoms of water.

The Windows

We’ve worked with British artist Rhea Thierstein to create the ethereal, handcrafted rope sculptures for our store windows. The surprisingly delicate pieces reflect Rhea’s personal connection with nature and the tradition of handcraft.

The Windows

We’ve worked with British artist Rhea Thierstein to create the ethereal, handcrafted rope sculptures for our store windows. The surprisingly delicate pieces reflect Rhea’s personal connection with nature and the tradition of handcraft.

Rope History

With the ancient Egyptians being the first civilisation to develop tools for constructing ropes in 4000BC, the rich history of rope and knots made by man predate famed technologies such as the wheel and axe. As trade by sailing vessels escalated in medieval Europe, so did the demand for rope, and as ships grew in size, the necessity for longer and sturdier rope became essential. During long voyages, sailors translated their rope knotting skills into artistry by creating toys, lucky charms and complex decorative knotwork. Influenced by its beautiful versatility, from lifesaving equipment and rigging to intricate children’s toys, each bag and accessory inventively channels ropes innate strength and durability.

An Inspiration

While researching the collection we were hugely inspired by the work of Des Pawson, one of the world’s leading authorities on rope and sailor’s knots. His home by-appointment museum is a wonderland of interesting objects and the largest display on the subject in the country. It’s also soon to be relocated to the Chatham Historic Dockyard.


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