Welcome to Collier Campbell!
I’m Judy Lever and I took over Collier Campbell in 2010, heading up a highly-talented and long-standing team.Together we are working to take the Collier Campbell brand forward into a new era.
The philosophy of Collier Campbell remains unchanged – we are passionate about colour and pattern and we want to make fabulous design and great quality products available to everyone.
Hand painting our designs
What distinguishes Collier Campbell designs is that we hand paint all of them ourselves. This gives them a fluidity and freshness that computer generated designs just can’t match. We have a wonderful design library from which we draw inspiration, updating designs and colours as well creating new designs for all our collections and products.
I very much hope you like what we are doing – please keep in touch, we would love to hear your suggestions and ideas!
You can find Collier Campbell collections in department stores and boutiques across the UK. We always have new products in the pipeline so please keep coming back to see what’s new!
The Collier Campbell Story
A great heritage
Collier Campbell was founded in the 1960s by sisters Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell.
The company found real fame in 1971 when the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent used designs by Collier Campbell as the inspiration for his first ever ready-to-wear collection.
Collier Campbell went on to collaborate with many of the world’s top designers, retailers and manufacturers including Liberty, Habitat, Jaeger and Conran in the UK and Martex, Westpoint and Springs in the USA.
Our designs have won many awards and can be found in several museum collections featuring the best of modern design including the V&A Museum, London.
In 2011 Susan Collier sadly died and, after being a friend of the sisters since childhood, I acquired the company. I had previously co-founded Blooming Marvellous, which grew to become the UK’s leading specialist mail-order maternity wear company,. I am now delighted to have the opportunity to bring the wonderful designs of Collier Campbell to a new audience.
The Collier Campbell Archive: 50 Years of Passion in Pattern
A video released to mark the publication of the book The Collier Campbell Archive: 50 Years of Passion in Pattern, published by Ilex Press in December 2012.
For the five decades of their partnership, sisters Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell were at the forefront of textile design, with their vibrant hand-painted patterns. They were renowned for their handling of colour, their painterly approach and their signature ability to cheat the repeat in printing: qualities that infuse their work with a sense of fluidity, freshness and exuberance.
Together, Susan and Sarah painted textile patterns for international clients including Yves Saint Laurent, Liberty, Habitat, Cacharel, Jaeger, Fischbacher, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and many others in the UK. In the USA, Collier Campbell became a sought-after brand for designer bedding with Martex, Westpoint Stevens, Springs Wamsutta, and Homestead; their decorative fabric was taken up P Kauffmann and Fabricut, and their wallcoverings by Manuscreens and Imperial Wallcoverings. Renowned for their iconic designs, Susan and Sarah were the first female winners of the coveted Duke of Edinburgh Designers’ Prize in 1984.
Drawn from the archive of sisters Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell, a collection about 30,000 paintings and sketches on paper, sketchbooks, products, fabrics, and records, The Collier Campbell Archive, by Emma Shackleton with Sarah Campbell brings together around 900 illustrations of the designs, sketches and scenes from 50 years with a rich and comprehensive commentary of Susan and Sarah’s creative process and their history.
Susan sadly died in May 2011; Sarah is now working independently under her own name, undertaking one-off special commissions and hand-painted fabric pieces and stationery, to patterns and textiles for the high street both in the UK (with Marks & Spencer) and a collaboration in the US with West Elm. Her starting point for both bespoke and mass-market projects continues to be the hand-painted mark.
The Collier Campbell Archive will be published by the Ilex Press, distributed by Thames & Hudson, and available wherever good books are sold. It will be available online in the US at www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com and in the UK at www.waterstones.com and www.amazon.co.uk. Much more, including sample pages, news, reviews and events, may be found here.