Turtle Doves (Cockney rhyming slang for gloves!) was born in December 2009 when founder Kate Holbrook dreamt up the design for some unique wrist warmers made from a discarded cashmere garment. She made some for friends who really loved them, and tested the idea at a local school fair where they sold out instantly. She quickly copyrighted the design and before she knew it, she had two regular markets in Shrewsbury and lots of repeat custom!

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The story behind Turtle Doves


Second hand cashmere is bought, washed, dried and hand graded. Only the perfect bits are re-used - the Brand's innovative and carefully constructed designs means it manages to re-use at least 90% of each jumper. Any small amount of waste is turned into yarn or used in craft packs that are sold at its beautiful shop located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.


Today Kate is continuing to take Turtle Doves from strength to strength, employing over 20 people including an increasing number of ex-Laura Ashley seamstresses whose jobs disappeared in the 1990’s when production was moved to the Far East. Kate passionately believes in retaining British craftsmanship where it was learnt and will always design and make her products in Britain.

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    Turtle Doves is a British brand specialising in using post-consumer textile waste to create beautiful new garments and accessories.  All Turtle Dove products are repurposed thus saving the earth’s resources.  It buys cashmere knitwear from charity shops and textile merchants (who also buy waste textiles from charity shops).  That way, the brand knows that part of the money it's spending on fabric is going back into the charitable sector.

    Why I Love Turtle Doves

    I'm a big fan of upcycling and the way it gives something another life, so when I came across these supersoft cashmere products I knew that our customers would love them too. My lovely handwarmers are in my handbag for about 9 months a year - that's the British weather for you!

    Green Tulip Founder