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A Fabulous Fleece for The Man Behind the Curtain

We always like to showcase any interesting bespoke sheepskin projects and our latest commission was particularly exciting and unusual - a giant-sized fleece (our biggest yet) for a Michelin starred restaurant.

This very stunning and unique bespoke sheepskin, made from striking black and white mouflon fleeces, was commissioned by The Man Behind the Curtain, a cutting-edge restaurant in Leeds which was opened in 2014 by chef Michael O'Hare.

Our biggest ever bespoke sheepskin!
This is by far the biggest bespoke sheepskin we've made to date, comprising of a whopping 35 skins - seven rows of five fleeces. In fact it was extremely hard to fit the whole fleece into the photograph!

As you can imagine, the final sheepskin when all the fleeces were sewn together weighed an absolute ton! It was certainly a challenge getting it packed and into transit for delivery!!

More about The Man Behind the Curtain
This celebrated Leeds restaurant has a reputation for modern and highly experimental food heavily influenced by Basque and Spanish influences produce and flavours. It is currently the only restaurant in the Yorkshire city which holds a Michelin star and the second restaurant in the city to have ever been awarded one.

Striking decor in modern monochrome
The restaurant takes its name from a line in The Wizard of Oz and its decor is as striking and unique as the food. Originally located above a clothes shop, the first carnation of the website was fitted out on a shoestring in a 'punk loft' style featuring graffiti style artwork and sculptures.

Last year the restaurant moved downstairs to a street-level space twice the size. Now the decor maintains its modern monochrome colour scheme but is now based around marble and chrome materials to create a grander, more elegant space. The irreverent centrepiece is a marble surf board suspended from the ceiling in a chrome box.

We've not got any pictures of the fleece in situ but seeing the black and white colour palette and distinctive decor, you can see how the black tipped Mouflon fleeces will look so great in this context.

More Mouflon?
If you love the look of this striking fleece, here's the Mouflon sheepskin product page:
If interested in commissioning your own custom made fleece, visit our bespoke sheepskin page.

An interior designer's sheepskin adorned home

All images ⓒ Kate Kitchen

We love working with interior designers, helping them to source beautiful bespoke sheepskins and hides for their client projects.

However, considering the stylish products that those working in interiors industry have access and exposure to every day, we consider it a real compliment when our products are chosen to feature in a designer's own home.

These lovely images show the gorgeous living space of Kate Kitchen, founder and owner of Reverie Interior Design based in Sussex.

Kate ordered five individual rare breed sheepskins from us for use in her own home interior scheme. She sent us such fab images, we wanted to feature them in in more detail here on the blog, as well as on the fan board.

The dark toned sheepskins draped over the back of those stylish sofas in the living room area add a layer of extra luxury and comfort to seating that already looks super for sinking into and relaxing after a hard day.

We also love the pop of bright colour from the deep pink of those velvet cushions. The distinct flower print cushions also work really well with the whole look.

In the kitchen, Kate uses sheepskins to soften the seating around the dining table in her fabulous open plan kitchen and dining space. These pics give us major kitchen envy - just love the dark charcoal grey of those cabinets!

Of her interior style, Kate says "I love sophisticated Parisian elegance, combining classic and contemporary elements to create timeless interiors."

Indeed, at Fab Fleece Co we believe that sheepskins are timeless, classic items and they work well with many different interiors styles.

Kate shares lots of images of inspiring interiors over on Instagram so do follow her there or click through to the Reverie Interior Design website:

Spotlight on our latest bespoke sheepskins

We love the variety of individual requests we get for our bespoke sheepskins service so thought we'd share with you more details of the most recent items that we've been making in the Fab Fleece workshop...

Tibetan Lambskin Blanket with Square Cushion/ Pillow Covers

This beautiful custom blanket/throw was compiled with 12 Ivory Tibetan Lambskins stitched together. Our customer also asked for some square pillow covers to be made to match, which we happily did, combining a lambskin front with a white wool backing. The finished products remind us of fluffy clouds and we think they look heavenly...!

Grey Rarebreed Sexto

This photo was taken when all the six skins had been laid out and matched, ready for the cutting and stitching. Love the subtle mix of tones with this one. So much nicer and more natural than a uniform colour dyed sheepskin!

Light Rare Breed Decto Sheepskin

Another great example of combining some lovely light tone individual rare breeds together into a large sheepskin - this one combines ten sheepskins.

Extra Large Dark Rare Breed Sexto Sheepskin

Moving over to the dark side, this is bespoke sheepskin combining six darker rare breed sheepskins. It's made super sized by being a compilation of our extra large sheepskin stock.

Baby Lambskin Blankets

Last, but most definitely not least, is this baby lambskin blanket. We will soon be adding these to our website as a new product to order, once we've got Mike to take a proper photograph of them in his studio. But until then you get an exclusive sneak peek of this new product in the workshop!

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