British fashion label Nigel Preston began operations under the name of Maxfield Parrish. The founder, Nigel Preston, named the brand after a favourite artist, Maxfield Parrish, who was prominent during the early 20th century, known for his use of vibrant colours. Under this name, the label was launched in 1972, beginning from a stall on Portobello Road selling tops made from leather. Preston was self-taught and sought new ways to work leather, suede and sheepskin to produce unique outcomes. His designs soon became popular, and throughout the 1980’s leather clothing became a staple, which propelled the label to further success.
Chamois leather tops, longline skirts, striped blazers and colourful sheepskins were produced by Maxfield Parrish. Simple designs in t-shirts and jackets were met with jewel-tones and patchworks of leather. Maxfield Parrish continuously innovated; waxing, brocading and painting leather in different ways to create new and intriguing styles. Unexpected colour combinations and textures made the brand a go-to for leather pieces both in the UK and overseas.
In 2007, Nigel Preston died, leaving his iconic fashion house to his wife, Brenda Knight. Knight continues to design and produce luxury leather, suede and sheepskin garments with the creativity and heritage of the brand behind her. The brand now operates under the Nigel Preston name, recognising his prominent role in the fashion industry throughout his lifetime. From longline coats and light jackets to cotton shirts and suede skirts, Nigel Preston exudes opulence with fur trims, signature patchwork detailing and elegant cuts.
Nigel Preston designs can be found online via the brand’s own website.