Sarah Bellisario and Yoshie Allan began working together as Sas and Yosh in 2014. They make some of the most wonderfully creative wallpapers and aprons we have ever seen.
Their most popular product is an apron adorned with an illustration of naked ladies in a spa.
This post is to help you learn a bit more about them.
What do you make and why?
Yoshie and Sarah are both illustrators and realised soon after meeting that they wanted to work together. The idea for a collaborative design business came about in summer 2014 and after a few months spent designing patterns together and deciding on products ‘Sas and Yosh’ was officially launched on Oct 22nd 2014.
We currently make wallpaper, aprons, tea-towels and mugs as part of our own homewares range, but also create bespoke designs for private and commissioned work ranging from web illustrations, textiles, fashion and branding.
We know your products are great, you know your products are great but how can they know?
All our products are designed collaboratively so we both work on the drawing, pattern and colour way of each of our designs.
Yoshie is Japanese but loves Western art, and Sarah is English but is inspired by Asian art so the combination of our different cultures and interests ensures you get truly unique and wonderful designs on the products you purchase.
All our products are designed and manufactured in the UK by companies who have outstanding environmental records and create everything in-house.
Our aim is to create luxury high end products with limited print runs on designs, ensuring that what you buy won’t be owned by everyone on the high street.
Whereabouts does your manufacturing take place?
Our two main manufacturers are based in Lancashire and Linconshire. Both produce everything in-house and have wonderful environmental policies.
What is the toughest part of the product development process for you?
The toughest part of the development process at the start was sourcing our manufacturing companies. Now it is having to wait for samples to come in as we are usually too excited to see our designs on the new products to wait too long.
What is the most enjoyable part of the process of product development for you?
The whole design process is exciting for us from initial drawing concepts through to finished colour pattern design.
Do you have any new products/ranges planned for the next year or so?
We are constantly planning new wallpaper ranges. We have new kids and adults aprons just on sale and two mugs coming soon.
What products or people have helped to inspire you to create the products that you do?
We love designing and creating our work together. As there are two of us we share the load and bounce of each other for ideas. We are lucky to be able to create designs based on absolutely anything we want for our own range so it really depends on any given day what we fancy illustrating.
We also enjoy being given specific briefs by people for commissioned work as you never know what you will be asked to draw next. We use a range of inspiration from our own collected objects and artefacts, to pinterest and other cultural references.
Tell us something about yourself that not many people know
We are both working mums with children under 6, so are both still learning to fit all our new business needs into the 9am-3pm school run day! its amazing what you can get done in a short day when you need to.
Also Yoshie is teaching me a word a week in Japanese although I think it might take a while to get a sentence together!
Which product in your range do you personally use the most and why?
Our naked spa lady aprons! Also our most popular product.