Our company was established as a consequence of my nephew's birth in 2008, when his parents were given a beautiful family heirloom – a pure wool blanket, which had kept my siblings and I cosy and warm in the 1970s but yet still looked brand new! Both my nephew, and later on my niece, loved it and they still snuggle under it in front of the television. We began to look for wool blankets in the UK & Ireland to give as gifts to friends who were new parents so they could also one day see their grandchildren use it, just as our mother could. To our astonishment, wool blankets were very difficult to find, as the current trend seemed to be for man-made fibres (which we found that whenever babies were wrapped up in blankets made from man-made fibres they soon got sweaty and hot), whilst the wool blanket never seemed to cause this. We feel so passionate about bringing the wool baby blanket back into the home so we set out to find mills in the UK who can still produce them and from their our business has flourished and have since expanded into throws & cushions for the home, summerhouse, car, garden or to take on outings/outdoor events, etc. and recently scarves and stoles have been introduced to the range to add colour and style to outdoor wear.
I have named our company Lily&Kirkby - family names originating from the 1800s (also the era that one of the mills started in business). Our ancestors actually lived in the Yorkshire town where one of the mills is located, so I have kept it very much still 'in the family'. The mills employ both traditional and modern techniques from start to finish to produce our collection from the finest wools; Shetland, lambswool, mohair, natural wool, merino or alpaca depending on the intended use.
Our collection now includes baby blankets, throws, cushions, scarves, stoles, ruanas and garden kneelers/event cushions. They all make great gifts for your friends and relatives or why not treat yourself. The woollen products can be bought and used all the year round. The scarves have been temporarily suspended by NOTHS whilst new photos are taken and updated to meet their new curation policy that came into effect in Januray 2016. During this time they can still be ordered from lilyandkirkby directly.
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We have made every effort to make the colours on screen as close as possible to the materials produced. We cannot guarantee an exact colour match as colours will vary depending on your screen settings and resolution.