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nigel preston

Nigel Preston originally began in the sixties with the ‘Maxfield Parrish’ label and store, just off Kings Road where the bespoke collection was born making incredible made to measure garments for The Stones, Queen, Suzi Quatro, Kate Bush and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Brenda Knight, the designer and owner of this iconic luxury international brand is now creating the rebirth for this historic and family business with her unique fresh approach to the designing and decorating of some of the worlds most luxurious sheepskin and leather collections. The unsung heroes of the international fashion intelligentsia, Nigel Preston Knight is still a relatively small and totally independent family business and Brenda Knight herself quietly creates her decorative designs, encouraging, mentoring and teaching a small group of artisans and creatives, resulting in hand stitched, hand made and decoratively hand painted with block printing and embroidered trimmings...... By her own example, Brenda strives to help the individuals and communities she works in to improve skills and lifestyles.

Brenda Knight is a self taught British designer, firecely determined to strive for excellence and beauty whilst remaining true to her beliefs. Fascinating, intelligent, tenacious and luminmous this designer and her magnificent collections has remained a treasured secret amongst the elite designer stores and clienteelle of the world.

The collections have created a loyal following of international buyers in America, Japan, Europe and Scandinavia.

Nigel Preston originally began in the sixties with the ‘Maxfield Parrish’ label and store, just off Kings Road where the bespoke collection was born making incredible made to measure garments for The Stones, Queen, Suzi Quatro, Kate Bush and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Throughout the seventies these early collections transformed Sheepskin and leather from its tough rock'n'roll image, molding skin tight leather jumpsuits to the ebb and flow of the body as if it were silk. Luxurious Sheepskins draped to form lifelong classic coats and hand painted skins become bespoke masterpieces. Simple masculine loosely tailored classics transformed into their renowned Chandleresque trench coat or Western Gambler’s Jackets sweeping back through the history of 18th and 19th century’s and military influences.

Currently dividing her time between India and her 18c. Chateau in France where her Design Studio and Historic collections are based. She is well-known in the fashion world, with her long red hair sweeping through the antique flea markets of Paris and London to the bazaars of Turkey and Jaipur and Delhi.

An avid collector of antique garments, shawls, prints and trimmings such as 18th century lace and embroideries from which scraps she divines the Inspiration for her garments. She may take reference from an old French Priest Coats or worn out and hand mended farm workers jackets, tattered, aged and torn Edwardian ‘Courtesan’ laced up bustiers and bustles or sculpted fitted military Napoleonic coats through to battered leather 19th century motoring coats. Antique lace jackets, blouses and skirts are gently coerced into the 21st century whilst still retaining their breathtaking past.

Brenda is renowned for the detailed bespoke finishes she lavishes on her garments including hand painting, cutwork and intricate metallic hand embroideries through to completely hand stitched garments.

Carried out in her own manufacturing and sampling workshop where she is surrounded by her handpicked team of loyal and dedicated artisan experts which she has found from every field of expertise. She works tirelessly for months on each collection, personally designing and overseeing each intricate step of the creation of every garment until she is satisfied that every garment should be a fascinating masterpiece. 

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