Newgate is a modern British fashion and lifestyle brand loved by creative people the world over.
We are passionate about designing affordable collectable iconic pieces in our famous British studios which end up on millions of walls and wrists globally.
The movement of people that collect Newgate's watches and clocks are those that get high on architecture, fashion, lifestyle and interiors, as do Newgate's founders and designers Jim & Chloe Read. The British husband and wife team combine their experienced eye for timepiece making with intelligent construction and material selection and seductive design; creating watches that are exciting to wear and clocks that are the heartbeat to a home.
"It all started when we were just teenagers"
Jim, the 'dreamer', an artist, graphic and product designer expelled from art college, founded Newgate along with wife Chloe, the 'sorter', a business school dropout, when they were teenagers. From making clocks by hand in the spare room of their flat, their continued dedication to iconic British design has created the worldwide following they dreamt of together as teenagers.
We made those first clocks ourselves in the spare bedroom of our flat which overlooked an old town gate...Newgate. Hand painting frames and using an ancient photocopier for the dials. Even in our first Newgate building we were hands on with the production, dragging in family members when there were big orders to go out.
Although we didn't set out to make clocks, Jim's natural passion for design meant that he strived to make clocks which no-one had ever seen before, using materials never before used in clocks, and also re-inventing lost icons of the past so difficult to manufacture.
Before Newgate, the market for design-led clocks just didn't really exist. We created the market as it is today from almost nothing. It's funny; people often assume Jim's designs have been around years and years because they are so iconic and familiar, and where we have pioneered, so many have followed, expanding the market to where it is now.
We started Newgate together so we could travel the world and Jim could use his passion for design, and me my passion for business. Our aim was always to create stylish, iconic, affordable designs inspired by the places we visited and using the best possible materials we could find, and these are the values which Newgate as a company still lives by today.
It's hard to believe now, thinking back to our old flat, that we've made and sold millions of clocks which now hang on walls all over the world.
Along the way it was hard not to become obsessed with the thing which we were entwined - time. That elusive, yet prevalent force in everyone's lives that connects everyone no matter who or where they are. We really cared about how time was measured, so it was inevitable that Jim became desperate to design watches. Using the same core principals of Newgate, creating stylish, affordable designs inspired by our surroundings and using the best quality materials we could find.
We are proud to be a British company, still designing and marketing everything in-house and selling globally. After 29 years, we still love what we do, and Jim will never stop designing and innovating. There's definitely more to come.
CHLOE READ, CO-FOUNDER OF NEWGATE & WIFE TO JIM.