About us

Since launching four years ago British ethical knitwear label Nicky Thomson has rapidly built up a reputation for her textile innovations and a commitment to fine craftsmanship.  

Recognised as one of the cream of the fashion industry this March, she joined the glitterati at Buckingham Palace in recognition of their contribution to the British clothing industry.

Commercially astute and ethically committed, her collection of designer knits and woollen accessories have been an instant hit and are now in 150 UK stockists, plus sold in America, Australia, France, Germany and Spain.  They will be launching into Japan this November. 

She uses the finest 100% natural, renewable and sustainable yarns sourced from traditional Scottish and English Mills.  The collections are made from a mix of lamb’s wool and angora fibres giving a feel which could easily be mistaken for cashmere.

Nicky is an innovating textile expert and is continually experimenting with yarn stitch size, washing and hand finishing. She spent years developing her own felt making technique by hand, which has become a sought after trade secret.  Making felt is a complex process, and although her textiles are now made by specialist manufacturers, the felt finishing processes are always done by Nicky in her own studio.

Committed to supporting British industry and talent, Nicky has developed a network of small, family run textile manufacturers in the UK. 

Nicky Thomson is for people who love something special and unique.  They are contemporary and on trend and will appeal to those who shun mass production and enjoy more individuality.  All fabric waste bits are recycled for children to use in their art work.

Press contact: Marie Louise at MLPR on 0208 537 0011 – ml@mlpr.co.uk  


Company Background and Biography

Nicky Thomson is based in the West Midlands and has always knitted since childhood, making pieces for friends and family to years.  It was only after the birth of her son 10 years ago that she decided to start her own business and spent the next few years doing personal commissions from her hand-knitting machine at home.

With such a positive response, Nicky needed investment to take her business to the next stage and was awarded a grant by the Arts Council to have a trade stand at Pulse in 2007. 

Her collection of hand-knitted scarves and hats was an instant hit and she was inundated with orders from US and UK including ABC Home New York, Stuart Weitzman New York and MOMA New York.  These far outweighed the production capacity of her one hand-knitting machine, so she invested in four motorised machines from ebay and managed to fulfil her orders for the next seven months from her home.

As demand grew, Nicky needed to find a manufacturer who could produce the same quality and was lucky to discover a family run factory that would do small quantities.  

Demand has continued to grow, and 2010 sees her collections in over 150 retailers in the UK, with stockists in America, Australia, France, Germany and Spain.  She will be launching into Japan this November.

Nicky Thomson is stocked in General Trading Company and over 150 independent shops in the UK.

Nicky was born in Manchester, and is now based in the Malvern Hills, West Midlands