Thank you to our home-town newspaper The Press & Journal and writer, Susy Macaulay, for sharing our story so far. {read the full article here}


Highland businesswoman Cathleen has 2020 success in the bag.

(Image by Sandy McCook and image rights DC Thomson)

An award-winning designer is looking forward to seeing her creations hit more shops across Europe, New York and London this year.

Cathleen Nicol never expected her PR career to divert into handbag making, far less in the Middle East.

During a stint in Dubai with her husband and three children, the 36-year-old won a competition to study handbag design at the London College of Fashion’s Dubai campus.

She combined that with a fashion business course, and went on to launch her first handbags to the online market in 2015.

A year later, she took home a coveted design prize at the International Handbag Design Awards in New York for best ‘resort style’ bag.

The business C.Nicol has now already garnered some high-profile clients, and expects her turnover to grow by 200% this year.

Her creations are often seen in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and on social media platforms like Instagram where tennis player Johanna Konte was recently pictured with one of her little black numbers.

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Image by Sandy McCook and image rights DC Thomson.
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