Our products are made with premium yarns while utilising unparalleled knitting techniques for timeless pieces.
Founder + owner
Naarden, 9 April 1966 – Ibiza, 8 March 2020
We have often been asked the question who Bickley + Mitchell is? We believe they are real friends travelling through the USA on their motorcycle, enjoying life as free spirits on their way to new adventures. The plus sign between the names came later because it literally stands for addition but symbolically stands for anything is possible. Later Amsterdam was also added to the logo because we are very proud of our heritage. This beautiful and inspiring place triggers our creativity every time. The head office and showroom were always located on Prinsengracht street, in the heart of the city centre situated on the canals of Amsterdam.
One of Sandy’s mottos was:
“Think big, sky is the limit”
THE ROAD TO BICKLEY+MITCHELL
It all started when he was a little boy and travelled through the USA with his mom and met the vast world of vintage fashion. Sandy watched his mom buy original vintage clothing from some of the biggest Hollywood film studios, and she later resold it in Ibiza and the Netherlands. Think of American band jackets, baseball clothing and Aviator jackets. Very popular at that time and they still are nowadays! Thus, it’s not that strange that he started to recreate and sell vintage denim and other customized clothes. By the age of 18, Sandy was running his mother’s vintage shop in Ibiza.
Throughout his life, Sandy had an affinity for Dutch and American fashion and the clothing trade. In the 90’s he imported American brands to the Netherlands and opened various retail companies. During this time, he also started developing accessories such as caps, beanies, belts, and socks because he knew what would sell best next to all the clothes in his stores. Sandy did everything by intuition and always followed his heart. Other retail companies became interested in the accessories Sandy developed. So the “The Caps and Clothing” company was founded in 1995, and it sold various private labelling accessories for well-known fashion brands and clothing companies in the Netherlands and abroad. Through all those years of private labelling, the desire to create his own brand grew. So, in 2011 the knitted winter accessories brand Bickley + Mitchell Amsterdam was founded.
The brand has been around for 10 years, and it has grown enormously in recent years, not only in sales points in Europe but also in the USA. In 2020, a challenging year with the unexpected passing away of Sandy and the global pandemic, we continue with pride Sandy’s legacy. In 2021 we launched our first kids “mini-me” collection. Which was a big wish of Sandy. He taught us to work hard while also enjoying life. Fortunately, in recent years he has also done that more together with his family living in Ibiza.
His last favorite quote: “Let your heart be your compass”.
Every new collection starts with inspiration. A source of inspiration can be a good movie, discovering art or visiting a photo exhibition. At the same time, a state of mind, shapes and colors can also influence a collection.
As a designer, you try to put all this together in a collage of clippings, sketches, and other ideas. During this process, we look for new materials and techniques to develop new styles. If a design is good, it often stays that way, and a product becomes a never out of the stock item. These styles are available every year and form the basis of our collection.
During the last years, we have been increasingly focused on sustainability, and we have also changed a large number of accessories in quality, such as 100% acrylic and replaced them with 50% acrylic, and 50% recycled polyester, amongst others. Our mission is to expand as much as possible our offerings in more and more sustainable yarns.
Bickley + Mitchell works closely with a small select number of suppliers from Asia and Europe. Some we have known for quite some years, with others, we have even become friends. This close collaboration has ensured that our accessories are about quality, improved techniques, and sustainability. We find it crucial that our suppliers focus on developing and producing ecologically and ethically responsible products. We believe that technology leads to development, innovation, and improvement of people's quality of life, environmental protection, and safety.
MADE IN SPAIN
The MADE IN SPAIN collection is part of the + LABEL program sourced and developed at our European knitting factories – ensuring transparency in production and making the best use of the local traditions and craftsmanship. Our MADE IN SPAIN collection is made from the finest Italian yarns such as merino wool and cashmere.
We use high-quality Italian yarns with the RWS certification that guarantees the wool comes from farms managed according to strict criteria aimed at animal welfare and a reduced environmental impact.
FEEL + TOUCH
Cashmere is a luxury fibre obtained from the soft, fleecy undergrowth of the Kashmir goat. This material is much softer than traditional wool, and it remains smoother, lighter and offers good insulation.
Merino wool comes from a particular breed of sheep, known as the Merino sheep. This breed originated in 12th century Spain, where they were prized for their high-quality wool. Merino is a soft and durable fibre. It will keep you warm, dry and comfortable all winter long.
Recycled polyester is a more sustainable alternative to polyester as it uses up to half as much energy to produce and repurposes plastic from the landfill. Our production has replaced the regular 100% acrylic composition with 50% recycled polyester and 50% acrylic.
Faux fur is made from a knit with a pile thread, which means that an extra thread is used during the process. This pile thread is woven in a loop and layer cut. This creates a pile of fluff that resembles fur hairs. Our different styles of Faux fur are made of 100% Polyester.
Animal-Friendly version of Fur
We believe a better world starts with you! That's why we are working every year on improving our brand and our products since we find animal-friendly products and animal welfare very important.
Fortunately, the demand for real fur has been declining for years. Due to the constantly improved techniques of imitation fur and its many advantages, faux fur is becoming increasingly popular.
Faux fur is not only animal friendly but is also practical material. Compared to real fur, faux fur is easy to clean and does not attract moths. You can also wash it in the washing machine, preferably on a hand wash program.