AUTUMN WINTER 18/19

In the 1920s and 1930s, sheep were routinely introduced into big European city parks to keep the grass under control and reduce mowing costs.

For instance in London, shepherds competed for the privilege of grazing their flocks on Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Clapham Common, and other pastures around the city.

A flock was frequently taken all the way down from Aberdeen, Scotland. Considering the difficulty involved in transporting hundreds of sheep over 500 miles, this caused a bit of consternation in Parliament, “Were not any English sheep available?”

Though these woolly lawn mowers were eventually barred from grazing in the city in the late 1950s, they have recently experienced a resurgence. In 2010, sheep were introduced to London’s Hampstead Heath as an eco-friendly alternative to machine mowing.

For its AW18/19 collection rosa mosa is also bringing ‘sheep’ to the city, integrating them into the urban environment this winter as red bags and fleecy shoes.