Partners in life and business, John-Harry (JH) Jackson and Nicole Bissett are the front of House of Harry Nicole. The pair are inspired by their passion for British farming, the British manufacturing industry and British Aviation heritage.
With a father who has been expertly crafting shearling Flying Jackets for over 35 years, JH grew up around manufacturing. Homemade slippers and sheepskin cushions were standard presents on special occasions for family members. He noticed that these gifts stood the test of time and brought great joy to the people using them.
“My father told me about the amount of off-cuts that went to waste from the jackets that he was hand-crafting for big clients and prestigious fashion houses. From this, the idea was born to make unique gifts for my Mother from these spare pieces. Over the years, people would come to our home and fall in love with these little accessories and request items to be made for themselves too. This is when I realised that there is a strong demand for hand cut and hand made British sheepskin products.”
Meanwhile, Nicole spent her childhood looking forward to visits to her Aunt and Uncle’s farm in South Wales. Fascinated by the relationship between the team of farmers, their dogs and the herds, she was hooked. Memories of the first time she watched her uncle communicate with his team and dogs gave insight to the beautiful culture and traditions around British farming.
“On the fields all commands were given in Welsh. In more urgent situations, such as when a sheep requires medicine no spoken commands are needed. The dogs can tell exactly which sheep is to be brought in with just a look from my uncle. It’s like magic. The care that goes behind rearing these creatures in the best conditions to produce the highest standard of meat for us is a wonderful tradition. The results are fresher and healthier than any similar produce shipped in from abroad. Of course the high grade sheepskins are a by-product of the meat industry and would go to waste if not used to make something beautiful. British Farmers used to be able to make a reliable income from the by-products and wool. Due to the growth of mass production these local industries has suffered immensely and are now almost non-existent. Mass tanned sheepskin is not the same as individually hand picked pieces. We feel very strongly about promoting this and have been delighted with the feedback and support received by our wonderful customers.
Once just a dream to bring both families to work together, House of Harry Nicole is now in full swing, and combines the skills and resources of both families. All of the materials are ethically sourced. The sheepskin is hand picked for quality and tanned by hand- the old fashioned way which means that with proper care they last a long, long time.
With our new boutique in Greenwich, London we are forever drawing on our British roots and combining it with a modern twist. The new space allows a convenient place for our appointment service. This made to measure and bespoke service is a truly unique. You are very welcome to meet us, get measured up and collaborate your ideas with us. The result is the highest quality garment made to your specifications and desires that will last a lifetime. We also have an ever evolving collection of homeware and attire which again can be custom made for you.
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