Cornish company shines at The Brits

Katy Nicholson

A small Cornish company shone at last night’s Brit Awards.

Porthtowan-based fashion designer Katy Nicholson and her business, Wildcard Silks, create luxury silk scarves and accessories for men and women and were talent spotted and selected by Universal Music to be presented as a special gift to each of the award winners.

Nicholson, who also works as a horticulturalist at Glendurgan Gardens, started Wildcard Silks in October 2016 as she wanted an outlet for her drawings, a passion of hers during her spare time.

Initially she created a few designs for scarves from her artwork which then led to a demand for ties and bowties, so the Wildcard brand was officially launched.

Each of the Brits Award winners, including Dua Lipa, Stormzy, The Foo Fighters, Rag n Bone man, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Gorillaz, were given one of Wildcard’s signature sugar skull designs, inspired by Nicholson’s road trip along Route 66.

She said: “Being approached by The Brit Awards is a real honour for any brand but as a new and up and coming label, it is very exciting to be offered this opportunity and global exposure.

“I have big ambitions for Wildcard so really look forward to seeing where this unique boost for the business will take us.”