Tom’s Trunks was born in October 2014 when aged 13 I brought back several pairs of kikoy trousers from East Africa for my friends and family and was encouraged by the hugely positive response they gave for the product.
We were inspired by the vibrant colours of Kenyan kikoy material and realised its potential as comfortable beachwear clothing.
My aim is to grow our business whilst promoting the core values of sustainability and ethical production. My passion for the company isn’t down to any material reasons, but because it allowed me to expand and explore a different world outside of school; which I found particularly challenging academically because of my dyslexia
Tom’s Trunks donates a percentage of profits to Tom’s Trust, a charity providing psychological support to children and their families who suffer from brain tumours. The charity was set up by Andrew and Debs Whiteley, the parents of a friend of mine, Tom, who tragically died age 9 so it really means a lot to me personally.
My dream for Tom’s Trunks is to spread the “Vibe” and gift as many trunks as possible to young people in hospital going through hard times. Although the trousers aren’t a cure for illness, I believe they can certainly bring a little joy and colour into a suffering child’s life.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Tom Holmes, Founder