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Oppi is about having fun giving. Handmade by Jane Trentham, every item of Oppi babywear is sewn from organic, fair trade or upcycled fabric. With each item of Oppi babywear you buy, we give to Tutela Africa; supporting family-based childcare for Mozambique's orphans and most vulnerable children.

Where did Oppi go?

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Where did Oppi go?

Jane Trentham

Well, this one's personal. The simple answer is ‘nowhere’, and also ‘somewhere’.

In many ways Oppi began out of curiosity. I wanted to discover what my ideas might look like if I pursued them. And I thought I was just getting some clues, when life threw me one of its most wonderful surprises: I fell in love. And a little over a year ago I got married, which also meant moving house ... and renovating it, to make it our home.

Making my wedding dress

Getting married allowed me to indulge in one of those dream-come-true seasons; I got to design and make my wedding dress with mum. Prototyping, pattern developing and fittings consumed our days. I insisted on hand stitching hidden details - French lace, vintage ribbons, silk embroidery - Oppi garments aren’t the only designs where beauty can be found in the unseen places.

Creating home and a future for Oppi

After a beautiful wedding day, followed by a honeymoon walking the Scottish hills, Tom and I turned our creativity to making our house a home. After months of managing contractors, learning DIY, researching products and painting more white than I think is good for the eyes, we finally began to emerge. By then it was late spring, the flowers were peeping out, and there was the promise of a season change.

Amidst each of these events one thing quietly remained alive to me: Oppi.

Shoes kept selling via the Etsy shop and word of mouth. I found snatches of time and clean space to unpack my sewing machine and stitch. And I allowed myself space to evaluate, plan and pursue new ways with Oppi’s giving.

Yet, I guess I didn’t make quite so much time to tell you what was going on in the Oppi story. I hope this note and the new website makes up for that a little bit. I shall endeavour to keep you better informed as the story continues to unfold... and my new home design studio continues to take shape!

Thanks for your curiosity. Let's continue to enjoy discovering what our ideas look like as we pursue them.