About us - Our Story

Collectors Item is the sibling of established Christmas decoration company Tinker Tailor. We are recognised as a leading producer of the highest quality zardozi embroidery, for our creative and fun designs and our blue sky thinking.


As a child Caroline’s love of fashion and eclectic style was instant, playing shop in her grand-parents army surplus stores was the start of a love affair with utilitarian shapes and fabrics including camo, embroidered military badges and boots.  Her mother & aunts' forward- thinking designer clothes shop further encouraged her creativity with display and a love of the more frivolous with luxe design and intricate embellishments. This combined with a 2:1 BA honours degree in fashion and business and a 20 year career working with Indian crafters and exporters has shaped our brand into who we are today. We hope you enjoy our products as much as we enjoy creating and selling them.

Our team of crafters in India are hand picked for their unique skill set and creativity. As self employed artisans each piece that we make and sell helps support and preserve this age old traditional art form. We are a small team who have worked together for over 10 years and we are keen to retain all of our workforce and therefore treat each member with care and consideration. We are proud of our long-standing relationships with skilled artisan craft communities who are able to work from our dedicated studios or from their own home. We value the specialist skills and traditional crafts, and depend upon them to help create our unique, high quality, handcrafted products. We require all of our manufacturing partners to adhere to our ethical standards when producing merchandise to be sold or supplied under the Tinker Tailor Ltd/Collectors Item brand.  All of our products are designed in the UK and our frames and books are made by small UK businesses. 

We would love to see your products on insta or email them to us to publish them in our soon to launch ‘as seen on’ page.



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