50 Years of Clothkits

The heritage of Clothkits spans 50 years, having been originally founded in 1968 by Anne Kennedy around the kitchen table. After leaving Camberwell College of Art, Anne came up with the simple and ingenious idea of printing dressmaking pieces straight on to coloured fabric, with simple instructions that almost anyone could follow. In 1968 she launched Clothkits from her kitchen table in Lewes.

It grew to enormous proportions, and by the late 1980’s Clothkits employed over 400 staff from the Lewes headquarters. Eventually bought out by catalogue giant Freemans, the identity of the Clothkits company was swallowed up by this new owner and made dormant. After a period of 17 years in hibernation, our Sussex based firm re-launched in 2008 with a fresh new collection of gorgeous outfits for you to cut and sew at home.