Salty air and breezy sails
My story and inspiration for Whitby Yard
Welcome to Whitby Yard!
I’m Jacquie and was born in Wimbledon, London, starting my career working in an animation company before moving on to an interior design house in the prestigious Chelsea Harbour and more recently I’ve worked as a senior manager for a Blue-Chip UK company. I’ve always had a passion for creativity and studied at Salford University in interior design. Having relocated to the county of Yorkshire to live I soon discovered the Whitby coast and spent many weekends there and loved it so much decided to buy a holiday home in the town.
My inspiration for the Whitby Yard brand came about after a lazy holiday in New England in 2018, I wanted to capture the essence of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard and evoke the thought of long Summer days, taking in the salty air and watching the yachts with their breezy sails cruising on the waves.
The sight of a whale off our Whitby coast is iconic, representing a grace and power to leave all in awe at the magic of these majestic mammals, this was the inspiration of the whale tail on my logo. I’m proud of my association with Whitby, its long sandy beaches and timeless nautical heritage. It is ancient seafarers who first created Whitby’s yards, enjoy meandering around these today and feel their spirit seep from the cobbles.
With this inspiration in mind and a desire to set up my own business in 2019 I launched Whitby Yard, a clothing range that is produced exclusively from organic Indian cotton and is Earth Positive; made in manufacturing facilities powered by green renewable energy, from low impact raw materials. We are pleased to announce that Portside (71 Church Street, Whitby, YO22 4AS) are Official Stockists of our products in Whitby and our range is also available here online.
I hope you enjoy wearing ‘Whitby Yard’ clothes as much as I have creating them.
Wall of Love
“The T-shirt arrived today, absolutely fabulous, really pleased with it, and delivered within 24 hours of ordering, wow.”
“Received today and it is excellent”
“What a beautiful T Shirt. My husband is beyond delighted.”
Whitby Yard are passionate about sustainability and that’s why we are excited about our collaboration with ‘Sails and Canvas’ (www.sailsandcanvas.co.uk)who share the same values for recycling and sustainability. Sails and Canvas was founded in 2015 by two childhood friends, Mandi and Juliette and are based in a sail loft studio in Devon. They recycle sailcloth, meaning every sail they use is given a new lease of life and less sailcloth’s end up in landfill. The thread, grommets, insignia and canvas used is all of marine quality and where possible sourced locally. They’ve taken a few of Whitby Yard’s designs and handmade colourful beach bags, wash bags and bottle bags. We hope to expand this range in the next few months, so watch this space.
We at Whitby Yard absolutely love them, we hope you do too.
Visit our recycled sailcloth collection and help save our environment by stopping sailcloth’s ending up in landfill.
A big thank you to several people for helping launch this brand
Russel who until recently owned Rusty Shears
Katie Ventress an amazing blacksmith www.kvblacksmith.com
Ceri Parkin a talented photographer for many of the photos in this website www.cerioakes.com
....and a big thank you to Jessica Hogarth for her support www.jessicahogarth.com
Whitby Yard® is a registered trademark - UK 03434874