We Like: Kith & Kin

Set up by Textile Designer and Illustrator Ciara Phelan, Kith & Kin produce a range of beautiful, high quality bags, cushions and stationery.

Ciara’s style is classic yet bold, fusing abstract shapes and vintage style imagery to create a distinctive, modern aesthetic. Exquisite detail enhances the design but is kept low key and subtle so as not to be overpowering. This is complimented perfectly by her choice of colour, with natural greens and turquoises contrasting with splashes of fiery oranges and reds.

In particular, we love the Jungle fever range which sees Ciara turn her hand to tropical patterns, each packed full of jungle greenery, bright flowers and colourful birds.


It is not only the designing of her products that Ciara puts immense thought into but the production too. Describing themselves as a “lifestyle company”, Kith & Kin strive to make a difference with the products they create. They work with UK based charity Fabric Works to produce their Kin Bags and Fabric Baskets. Fabric Works is a training, production and social company who work with unemployed women in their local community, finding them work whilst teaching them a skill:


These wonderful people form the foundation for our business. For a fair wage we ask our ever growing collective of sewing enthusiasts to channel their creative passion and enthusiasm into assembling and making our products. We call them the Kindred Makers.



Each of the company’s fabric products comes with the name of the woman who assembled it stitched inside, acknowledging their contribution and giving each product a unique story to tell their customers.



Posted on Oct 23rd, 14 by

Greg McIndoe - also known as Headless Greg - is an illustrator and design writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He regularly writes for design magazines and online platforms, interviewing fellow illustrators and leading creatives.

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