Father of Celtic
Meet the father of Celtic & Co - Nick Whitworth who chats about Cornwall, hobbies, upcoming 60th birthday plans as well as the 30 year milestone anniversary for the company...
Question Time with Co-Founder Nick Whitworth
Q: Nick, you're the Father of Celtic & Co, what does that feel like after all these years?
Nick: Celtic has always been like a 3rd child for Kath and I. We've grown it ourselves and believe in what it's about. I've always enjoyed going to work at Celtic & Co, it's not often in life that you get that, especially after nearly 30 years!
Q: Celtic & Co turns 30 next year, this is an incredible achievement! How will you be celebrating and what are the plans for the next 30 years?
Nick: We are looking at launching a special edition boot style again like we did for our 25th, which absolutely flew off the shelves! Also we are hoping to offer a special iconic collection of some of our classic clothing styles, but tweaked to fit current trends. We will of course throw a party for our staff and there's talk of us hosting an event in London for customers and key members of press.
As for the future, our aim is to continue to grow the company and offer a clothing and footwear range around the world in the most sustainable way possible.
Q: Do you wear any of Celtic & Co's products? If so, what's your favourite?
Nick: Of course I do! Kath and I always wanted to create and offer products for customers that we'd ourselves would enjoy too. I have jumpers, one of our classic sheepskin jackets, as well as boots and slippers.
If I had to choose a favourite, it would have to be the Bootee Slipper. The only time you won't find me in them is if we are away on a hot holiday. They even come with me on the yearly snowboard trip!
Q: A little bird tells me it’s your 60th birthday this month. How will you be celebrating this mile stone?
Nick: I have always wanted to go on safari in Africa, so at last it’s going to happen. It will be two weeks of hardly any phone signal, not much electric, just peace and quiet, beautiful scenery and hopefully lots of wildlife spotting.
Q: You're off on this incredible holiday soon, so you'll be away on Father's Day. Apart from enjoying your time away from the office, what will you be getting up to?
Nick: Looking at the plan, it will be a normal safari day. Hopefully with two trips, in the morning and evening.
Q: When at home, how do you spend your down time?
Nick: I absolutely love vegetable gardening, there's nothing better than to grow and enjoy eating your own food. It's healthier for you and tastes so much better. On the healthy note, Kath and I both love to work out, so I do like to gym regularly.
I'm also a big fan of a box set, so look forward to watching an episode or two to chill out after the gym is done.
Q: You chose to live in Cornwall and build the Celtic & Co business alongside your wife and co-founder Kath in Cornwall. What's the best thing about this county?
Nick: For me, it's the laid back lifestyle. I was posted down here with the RAF when I was younger, met Kath and decided to call Cornwall home at 21. I couldn't imagine living anywhere else now, it's just so peaceful.