Paterson and Hill was born when two like-minded and very old friends shared their experience of working in industries where clothing was scarce for women.
Bells had been working as a landscaper and garden designer creating large and small scale gardens often on major construction sites, as well as taking part in shows such as RHS Chelsea Flower Show (where she was part of two teams that won 3 RHS gold medals).
Flavia had an office job (communications) but was regularly out on site through jobs in forestry/recreation and energy, drowning in PPE while having a laugh about it with good-natured engineers.
It just seemed crazy that it was so hard to find great fitting clothes for women in these trades.
Once we started looking into it, we were astonished to find the scale of women working in these areas and how it is growing.
These women were getting on with their jobs in clothing that doesn’t fit, doesn’t last and don’t suit their needs.
We want to change that.