Omibia Ltd is a family business operated by Mercedes, working in the heart of the Sussex countryside, in rural England.
After having her first child in 2007, Mercedes found herself becoming more conscious about what she ate, what she wore and how she lived. Her greatest discovery has been "the importance of following the natural processes of things" which is why new ways are needed in many areas of life, to be respectful and compassionate towards our planet, ourselves and all other inhabitants. Following her degree in Fashion Design at London’s Central Saint Martins, Mercedes ‘learnt the ropes’ of the fashion industry while working for various prestigious fashion companies around the world. Omibia is Mercedes' expression of her love for the beauty and simplicity of all things natural, made with love, care, passion and style.
Omibia sets itself the highest possible standards for making the lowest possible environmental impact. Excellent craftsmanship, sustainable business principles and attention to detail are key values in the design process. Omibia uses GOTS-certified cotton fabrics. Their 100% baby Alpaca wool comes from the Peruvian Highlands in South America. The garments are then made in the UK, Portugal and Spain. Many of their designs are either made completely by hand or made using domestic machines. They believe nature knows best, so they use 100% natural materials. Whether it is the baby alpaca that makes their precious knitted cardigans so warm, or the organic cotton that makes their light summer dresses so fresh, they strive to create the best from what nature has to offer.
Baby Alpaca is a sustainable, high performance, raw material, that provides superior warmth, insulation and comfort. Baby Alpaca, from the underbelly of adult animals, is extremely rich and silky, with a distinctive luster. Similar to sheep’s wool, but lighter in weight, warmer and softer, it is becoming increasingly popular due to the lower impact alpacas have on the environment, compared to other wool-bearing animals.
Omibia’s policy is to exclusively use environmentally sustainable materials, recycled boxes and all recyclable packaging. They even use biodegradable and compostable bags, made from corn starch, to protect their garments. They are convinced, and we agree, that quality fashion should be created in a 100% sustainable and responsible way. We can look great and do good, at the same time.