Northumberland fashion designer is a rural inspiration
Mar 16 2010 by Liz Lamb, The Journal
GOOD quality, ethically-made children’s clothing that won’t break the bank may be hard to come by, but CATHARINE HEWITSON has found one fashion designer from Northumberland who promises fantastic pieces for youngsters at reasonable prices.
IN A converted stable block in the Northumbrian countryside lies the headquarters of Tulip & Nettle, a children’s clothing label founded by Amynta Warde-Aldam.
It promises a range of ‘modern interpretations of vintage items’.
Tulip & Nettle (Tulip for girls and Nettle for boys) came about when Amynta had her own children.
“It all started around them, really,” she says. “It was so easy to find nice clothes for girls but not so much for boys. My son wasn’t into football so he didn’t want to wear a football strip.”
Already a trained designer, Amynta began creating one-off items for her children around 10 years ago.
“It started in a very tiny way, making one or two pieces,” she says.
These initial pieces were the cropped trousers, Yum Yum dress and Hero shirt, which are all now signature pieces and return to the collections season after season.
Amynta, originally from Edinburgh, learned her trade at acclaimed Central Saint Martins design school in London. After graduating with an honours degree in fashion, she worked as a designer in London and Paris. She later returned to the college to teach BA (Hons) in fashion.
The mother-of-two moved to Northumberland a decade ago with her husband, who comes from the region.
However, feeling a million miles away from her fashion past, she decided to set up the label and her new surroundings inspired her designs.
“There is definitely a soft, romantic edge to the clothes and that comes from being in the country,” she says.
“This is very different to seasonal fashion. Our main focus is that children are comfortable and happy in our clothes.”
The Tulip & Nettle headquarters are in Healey, where Amynta lives with her family.