Since graduating from the Central Saint Martin’s MA in 2002, Richard Nicoll had continuously been lauded for his work – his experience included freelance consulting alongside Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, being awarded three ANDAM prizes in 2008, and being named ‘Best Young Designer’ at the Elle Style Awards during London Fashion Week SS09.
Solidifying his trajectory, recent years saw Nicoll take the position of Creative Director of Womenswear at Cerruti in Paris, be shortlisted for the inaugural British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and have his Linder Sterling/AW09 collaboration awarded the international cover of i-D magazine (un-heard of for a non-advertiser).
Nicoll was also appointed design director of Womenswear for Fred Perry's premium line and launched his 7th best-selling capsule collection for Topshop. Following ten years working in advertising as a Group Account Director managing multi-million pound clients and award winning creative teams, Jo Knight joined Richard as his business partner in 2005.
“With every season Richard Nicoll’s work has been steadily becoming more solidly convincing and wearable - while also getting more inventive each time…the coats…looked so chic they could shine on any runway of New York or Paris.” - Sarah Mower, Style.com AW09/10.
“Richard Nicoll soared triumphantly above his consistently strong horizontal line honed into a line of beauty over the last few seasons. Understated, confident and so chic (not a word one can use that often when describing London fashion). Relaxed and young, but highly sophisticated, its draped and tied insouciance - which almost looked impromptu - proved that Nicoll has the ability and refinement to become a major player in the international fashion field.” - Colin McDowell Blog.
“What Nicoll is contributing is a new language of work-relevant daywear unencumbered by tiresome and limiting fashion-y references... Easy. And yet so hard to do.” - Sarah Mower, Style.com AW09/10.
Richard’s previous menswear training was valuable in establishing himself as "king of the shirt” as quoted by Suzie Menkes - and the shirts were a sell out around the world. Demand from press and retailers alike saw the shirts develop into a separate 'Richard Nicoll Shirt' line, and stockists included Dover St Market in London, Colette in Paris, and Barneys NYC.
The brand's high profile clients included Diane Kruger, Sienna Miller, Keira Knightly and Sophia Coppola and was featured heavily in the pages of French, US, Italian, Russian, Australian and British Vogue, V, 10, Self Service, W, i-D, Dazed & Confused and Numero among others.