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30 years of Nomads
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21st February 2022

30 years of Nomads

We can't quite believe it's been 30 years since Duncan and Vicky started the Nomads journey! Join us as we take a look down memory lane, at some of the moments that made Nomads Clothing what it is today...

 

30 years of Nomads

 

Duncan & Vicky meet in Pushkar, Rajasthan and soon decide to put together the last of their travel money to invest in a selection of fair trade handicrafts from Nepal to bring back to the UK, which they go on to sell at the first ever Nomads market stall in Camden, London.

After travelling to Thailand and India, Vicky and Duncan move to Brighton where they continue to sell at markets and festivals (Glastonbury is a favourite memory!) 

 

Festival stalls in the early 90's - Glastonbury

 

1991 – 1993 Duncan and Vicky welcome their children Dan and Gaia into the world and relocate to Cornwall. 

1994 - Nomads enters the world of wholesale, and we purchase a van to travel to our first trade show in London (an exciting time for us!).

We place our first wholesale order with fair trade suppliers in India and begin to establish our long-standing relationships.

 

Started working with our fair trade suppliers


1998 – We’re open! The flagship Nomads shop opens in Launceston.


1999 – It’s time to expand – we employ our first clothing designer and move to bigger premises.


Nomads becomes Nomads Clothing and we focus our attentions on developing our womenswear collections.

 

Nomads fair trade ethical clothing journey


2004 – www.nomadsclothing.com is launched to retail customers and we enter the world of online shopping.


2008 – We introduce organic cotton jersey to our collections (now our bestselling fabric!). 


Nomads begins to support TAMWED with donations from profits which help to support a community health project in rural India. We continue to support this great organisation with donations, as well as fundraising efforts (like Vicky’s infamous Indian breakfast banquets). 

 

Tamwed charity organisation rural India

 

2015 – Nomads head office moves to a bigger, brighter location with dedicated design rooms to house our growing team. 


We launch our 100% biodegradable mailing bags, made from FSC sustainable sources. 

 

biodegradable packaging fsc materials

 

2018 – Hooray, we’re GOTS certified! GOTS certification is the gold standard for sustainable processing of textiles.

 

 Contemporary fair trade clothing made with natural fibres

 

We continue to create contemporary clothing that celebrates natural fibres and traditional artisan techniques and Nomads Clothing can be found in 350 shops all over the world. Let’s see what the next 30 years brings…

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