CatkinJane offers accessories for men and women, specialising in using Liberty of London's fabrics.
The business first appeared in 2011 when I decided to leave behind the spread sheets and analysis of a career that had started in Operational Research, and travelled through many other incarnations, to allow the more creative side to take precedence working as a designer-maker.
The main focus of CatkinJane is now the individual hand-stitched ties I offer; I initially started making the ties in 2012 at the request of my brother-in-law who was struggling to find something different from the plains and stripes that were all that seemed to be available in the shops at the time. After much research on suitable fabrics I settled on using Liberty's tana lawns - with their fantastic range which has everything from their famous florals and paisleys to fun prints, from classic to modern, there is a fabric to suit almost everyone's taste.
When I added them to the ranges CatkinJane was already selling they created so much interest that I now find myself making hundreds of ties each year.
The ties are all carefully hand-stitched (not just hand-finished) and are traditionally made bias cut three-fold ties; the light weight tana lawn is lined with a plain lawn to give added body before being hand-rolled around special tie canvas to create their shape. If you want to know more about how the ties are made you can read about it here
As well as the ties currently available for sale on the website I offer a bespoke service producing gentlemen's ties, pocket squares, cuff links etc. for weddings and special occasions. For more information see the Bespoke page.
Everything is made here in my workroom at home in the small Yorkshire village of Tollerton north of York