“Laura Thomas Co has evolved from my love of white bed linen and going to sleep wrapped around crisp, white bed sheets”. Laura Wilson, Founder + Creative Director.
Laura Thomas Co aims to provide stylish, everyday homewares. Inspired by nature and the love of natural fibres and ingredients. Homewares without the unaffordable price tag.
The LT Story
A former Hospitality Industry Entrepreneur, Laura found her love of interiors while buying and selling eateries in the UK and New Zealand. It was the process of transformation that inspired Laura to create spaces that were simplistic and extremely functional. It is this philosophy she uses when designing for LT Co.
The Seed that was Planted
In 2012, while walking through a local market in Nelson, New Zealand, Laura found embroidered bedding from Vietnam that was not readily available on the High Street. That encounter planted a business seed.
Laura, then an expat Scot living in New Zealand, found while residing in the Antipodes a distinct lack of choice when it came to mid-priced good quality Egyptian cotton bedding and duvet sets. Laura Thomas Co was then born. Based in Auckland, LT Co supplied all white, embroidered bedding and bed sheets and supplied directly to consumers.
LT Launch Party in Devonport, Auckland in 2011
From New Zealand to the UK
In 2014, for personal reasons, Laura Thomas Co relocated to Scotland.
There was then a dramatic shift. The UK market was saturated with white bedding. Being that this was the product that LT Co. was solely focused on along side a Lavender Soy Candle which had been launched just before leaving New Zealand, Laura decided to change the LT direction. Inspired by her 10 years of coastal living in New Zealand sung to Laura’s core. The sun shone, kids walked to school barefoot, the simple beach life and slower pace of the day resonated with Laura.
Laura decided that her love of the slower pace of living in New Zealand would be the mindset and the ethos of her life in Scotland. She set up camp as a single Mother, by the beach in Gullane, East Lothian with her two little girls then aged 4 and 6.
Laura and her girls on Gullane Beach wearing LT Beach Ponchos
At a time when the UK began to take note of healthy eating, smoothies, yoga and buying locally (which New Zealand was light years ahead of), Laura decided that LT Co. would focus on simple, carefree and conscious living for the UK. The core values of her business would reflect this with it’s voice and products.
Back in Scotland, the Early Days
Laura was determined to get LT properly off the ground in the UK. Having been trading in New Zealand for 18 months and just getting traction as a new homewares start up with media, clients and page 1 of google.co.nz she essentially started LT Co again in terms of clients and search engine rankings when returning to Scotland.
Not having the funds to rent an office and living in a rented two bedroom apartment with her two daughters Laura chose to sleep on a pull out bed in the livingroom and used her bedroom as an office.
LT Co. Growth
LT bedding was greatly praised and loved by clients. Laura grew LT through outstanding customer service. Attention to being ‘natural’ and ‘chemical free’ was paramount with the whole LT experience. No synthetics fibres nor fragrances. Packaging since 2012 has been 100% recycled and 100% recyclable.
There was then an expanded into a soy candle range, blankets, towels, scent diffusers, beach wares and continues to provide products for a simple and conscious life.
In March 2018 LT Co. moved from an office in Laura’s home to a unit within The Lighthouse in North Berwick. A minimal space designed by Laura. The interior includes white washed flooring, wooden tables and sheepskin rugs, all reflecting the natural vibe of the LT brand. This work/shop space acts as both a ‘work’ space and a public walk in ‘shop’ whereby clients can drop in to buy.
At LT Co. all production is done in house. All soy candles, scent diffusers, hand wash’s and shower wash’s are handmade and hand poured. Laura’s soy scented candles have been recognised as some of the best candles in the UK.
LT Co. also designs all bedding and homewares in house and works along side hand picked suppliers in Portugal, Vietnam, Turkey and Greece. Working directly with suppliers allows for passing on good prices for quality homewares. As well as strict quality control checks. Laura would never work through an intermediary company nor middleman.
Proud suppliers to; Ballintaggart in Perthshire, Scotland. Estate Agency Knight Frank. The Bonnie Badger of the Tom Kitchin Group. NB Gin. Exclusive Accommodation Williamstone Farm Steading. Archerfield Walled Garden. Boutique Accommodation Dod Mill. Jolly Nice Farm Shop in Gloucestershire and more..
The Team at LT consists of Kate, Sales and Marketing Manager, Camilla, Production Manager and Laura, Creative Director.
Simple is our style. Deep comfort is our philosophy.