Sophie Allport was brought up in Potterhanworth, just outside Lincoln, with her brother Jem. She was at school in the city and later went to Leeds Metropolitan University where she graduated in 1994 with an impressive first class honours degree in Graphic Art and Design, specialising in Illustration.
Following her degree, Sophie was asked to join a world renowned illustration agency in London where she worked closely with many famous clients producing illustrations for books, magazines and wine labels – and who said you can’t mix business with pleasure?
In 1996, Sophie was invited to demonstrate her skills at the Country Living Fair in London and decided to have a few of her illustrations made into cards and limited edition prints. They proved a sell out and Sophie has become a stalwart of the Country Living Events since.
During this time Sophie married and started to have children, so her career to a bit of a back seat. She now has three boys and moved out of London in 2008 to her home in the countryside near Oundle in Northamptonshire.
The Family Business
Sophie's brother Jem joined her in 2007 and Sophie Allport Limited was born. As a qualified chartered accountant, Jem has supplied the business acumen and drive to expand sourcing and sales of the Sophie Allport range, leaving Sophie free to focus on design and product development. The business is based just outside of Stamford, Lincolnshire and employs family members including Jem, Sophie, their mother Mary, Jem's wife Chloe and a couple of family friends and now some friends of friends too.