10 Things you should know about Nicholas Coutts

Nicholas Coutts is widely known as the founder of Nicholas Coutts. Here are 10 Things you should know about Nicholas Coutts.

  1. Nicholas Coutts grew up idolising William Morris and immersing himself in the Arts & Crafts movement.
  2. His mother used to have a crafts shop and taught him how to weave as a young boy.
  3. Coutts started out as a stylist and studied fashion at Cape Town’s Design Academy of Fashion.
  4. In the final year, he won the prestigious ELLE Magazine Rising Star 2013 award.
  5. The prize included a catwalk show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg and the opportunity to design a capsule collection for high street retailer Mr Price. 
  6. These successes have put him on South Africa’s fashion’s radar.
  7. His hugely tactile textiles, handcrafted through spinning, weaving, knitting and felting, collide with his minimalist aesthetic to create statement pieces that exude a grown up, pared back glamour.
  8. He sources his tailoring fabrics, denim and leather locally and inspiration comes from close to home too.
  9. The intricate patterns of Xhosa beadwork, the pastels hues of Durban’s art deco architecture and the metallic wings of African dung beetles have all informed his design process.
  10. He supports South African-made.
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