Hi! We're Katie & Bertie

We're sisters, and we founded Two + Lou here in Otautahi Christchurch back in 2020.

Our story is one of optimism, perseverance and of squashing that annoying little ear worm telling you it's all too hard!

Our designs are our own. Our unique prints celebrate our love of colour and incorporate joyful aspects of the world we live in and you won't find them anywhere else! We hope our products lift your spirits every time you wear them. They're purposefully designed to fit a busy modern lifestyle, with particular consideration given to comfort, colour and importantly - individuality.

We grew up in rural Mid-Canterbury in a family full of practical, creative women. Our childhoods were filled with do-it-yourself art projects, sewing experiments, abstract food creations and hut building!
Though we didn’t recognise it at the time, this is where our love of design and creation began. After school we both obtained qualifications related to the arts, yet neither of us ended up in careers offering creative fulfilment, instead settling for design within our home lives.
Then, in Winter 2019 we made a bunch of warm, colourful roll necks. They were bright, made in soft, comfy fabrics and we garnered so many comments that we started thinking.…. could we produce a small run of them to sell??
What we found was that it was really tricky to source fabric that was sustainably and ethically made AND available in bold, interesting print designs. This was the moment that changed the trajectory of our project…. what if we designed our own fabrics?!
The following months were spent teaching ourselves print design and searching for a mill that carried a globally recognised sustainability certification. It’s a good thing we knew nothing about how tricky this would be before we started, but it gave us time to establish the foundations of the sort of business we aspire to be and an appreciation for what we could achieve when we set our minds to it.
We believe in finding your own style, and that looking cool and being comfortable shouldn't be mutually exclusive possibilities!
We hope our bold prints and vibrant colours inspire joy and happiness in your life. It's important that we are offering a locally made, sustainable alternative to fast fashion - showing that it is possible to provide interesting, unique clothing and homewares that care for the world we live in, and the people we share it with.