Catherine Tough is a British textile designer, well-known for super knitted woollies and gifts from cushions to hot water bottles. What better brand than to partner with this winter than a British brand to keep you snug and warm over the holidays.

We spoke with Catherine, to find out about what the run up to Christmas is like for a small British brand in its 13th year

 

What is a typical day like for you during the lead up to Christmas? Christmas for us is non-stop from October onwards. As soon as I get to the studio at around 10am, after getting my daughter to school, we pack the mail orders that have come in overnight and then start on wholesale production and preparation for Christmas shows. We knit most of our products at the studio in Hackney, so the machines will be running all day, so it's quite noisy. There is a team of 4 or 5 of us working on packing socks, machine sewing and hand finishing.

If we have a Christmas show or Broadway market in Hackney (in the heart of London's fashionable East End) next day, there is usually a long list of products to pack and things not to forget.

We try to plan production, but we always have lots of last minute requests and end up taking work home to finish in order to have everything out on time. After all of that is done its paperwork and time making sure our developments for new spring/summer products are running smoothly.

 

What product from Neom would be on your Christmas list? I get really dry hands from knitting machine maintenance and working outside on Broadway Market, the Neom Complete Bliss Hand Cream in Moroccan Blush Rose looks like a treat and I love the smell of roses.

 

What winter warmers would you not be without? I have a bright yellow coat from Lands End which makes me look like a sailor but is so warm, always topped off with one of our giant lambswool scarves and a pair of woolly socks.

 

What are your Christmas holiday plans? We are heading to my sister's house in the Cotswolds, planning to do NOTHING.