Refined Brands adds to portfolio


St Columb-based fashion group Refined Brands has been back on the acquisition trail after adding womenswear company Kettlewell Colours to its growing portfolio.

Founded in 2004 by Melissa Nicholson and her husband John, Somerset headquartered Kettlewell Colours sells wardrobe essentials in over 300 colours to customers internationally – working predominantly with small, family-run factories in Portugal, Turkey and the UK.

For the last 12 months, Kettlewell Colours reported revenue of £8.9 million. It joins sustainable Cornish lifestyle brand Celtic & Co, ethical childrenswear brand Frugi, and the upcycled cashmere accessories brand Turtle Doves, in the Refined Brands portfolio.

“I am thrilled to be joining a fantastic group of entrepreneurial British brands with sustainability at their heart,” said Melissa Nicholson, founder of Kettlewell Colours.

“I am really looking forward to partnering with the Refined Brands team to accelerate the growth of Kettlewell Colours in the UK and internationally, introducing more people to the powerful benefits of wearing your best colours.”

Refined Brands group MD James Williams added: “We have long been admirers of Kettlewell’s philosophy, renowned for products that offer longevity with a focus on maximising your full wardrobe and a cost per wear ethos at the heart.

“Working alongside the team, we are looking forward to extending natural, organic and recycled fibres through the range over the coming seasons.”

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.