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Ally Capellino

Alison Lloyd was born in Surrey in 1956. She spent her childhood in Dublin and Yorkshire and in her teens, started remixing old Vogue patterns and sewing her own clothes. By 1975, she had completed an arts foundation course and enrolled at Middlesex University to study fashion and textiles.

She launched the Ally Capellino label of accessories with her then-partner, Jono Platt in 1980.

By 2000, Ally restructured what was now her solo label and took it back to its accessory roots.

A collaboration with Tate Galleries has proved enduring as has an exclusive pioneering range with Apple Europe.

Ally's love for cycling has inspired a new Bags for Bikes range for 2012.

Long term collaborators include Rupert Blanchard photographer and film-maker, Donald Christie, artists and models Jane Howard, Guy Gormley and Hamish and Agnes Lloyd-Platt and Ally’s kids who are now in their 20s.

Far from self-promoting, she is delighted when people say they love her bags because they last for years and carry minimal or indeed no logos. You are much more likely to get Ally talking about education and the importance thereof and about making fashion more fair. She can tell you the provenance of every bag, whether produced in London or by African communities in Kenya. No corners are cut, not least when it comes to human rights.