Celtic & Co was founded in Newquay, Cornwall, when Nick and Kath Whitworth began to design and create footwear using British sheepskin for surfers on the South East coast of England. Nearly 30 years on, Celtic & Co is pioneering slow fashion by handcrafting boots, slippers and flip flops the traditional way, as well as offering a wide range of luxury clothing and soft furnishings, made in England from only the finest natural fibres.
With their roots set firmly in Cornwall, Celtic & Co take inspiration from the beautiful Cornish landscape. The tones in their clothing complement their natural materials, with pops of colour reflecting fashion trends at the time. Celtic & Co source their materials sustainably; the sheepskin purchased is actually a by-product of the UK’s farming industry. In this way, Celtic & Co support British farmers who would have to pay to dispose of this resource. For once, the UK’s cold, drizzly weather comes in handy as wool from British sheep is a lot thicker than skins from abroad, resulting in a far superior and quality product.
Using wool significantly reduces Celtic & Co’s lasting environmental impact. Manmade fibres such as acrylic and polyester are oil-based plastics with a high environmental impact, unlike wool which biodegrades fully on the land and in the ocean (Campaign for Wool). Celtic & Co also participate in local community projects. They have recently supported a local school repurpose old wetsuits into book bags and cup holders.
Emma Limn (Press & Social Media Officer) explains that in recent years, Celtic & Co have seen “a rising trend in customers caring about provenance, asking how and where their clothing and footwear is created. People have started to fight against the mass-made, throw-away fashion industry that’s plaguing retail. People now wish to invest in key looks each season that will last a lifetime and satisfy their consciences.”
Celtic & Co embody the slow fashion movement. They create high quality, natural and ethically-sourced pieces in low quantities. The majority of Celtic & Co’s products are made in the UK. This not only reduces their carbon footprint but also supports local communities and preserves traditional manufacturing techniques. With this commitment to slow fashion and local manufacturing, it’s no surprise that Dame Judi Dench, Kate Humble and Pippa Middleton have been spotted wearing their own Celtic & Co pieces.
We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them!
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Spokesperson: Emma Limn (Press & Social Media Officer for Celtic & Co)