Collaborating With Collette van den Thillart
His creative director, Colette van den Thillart, her early-morning hours spent dropping kids at school, is already in. The design duo met eight years ago when Colette asked Nicky for advice about her master’s thesis on legendary designer John Fowler. They’ve been aesthetic soul mates ever since—she’s the leopard-print scarf to his Armani coat.
“We have the joy of transatlantic vantages. As a Canadian, I bring a fresh North American take. Nicky gives me a bolder understanding of that British thing we all envy,” she says, holding up a piece of glazed fabric. “Like mastering chintz, for example. Secretly, we’re showing off to each other, and that really brings out the best of both of us.”