Jim Dickens takes its name from one James G. Dickens, born 1901, the maternal grandfather of our company's founder, who served to inspire in his grandson a lifelong fascination in all things textile and design. James set out as an upholsterer in the Black Country, mastering the techniques and skills of the craft before leaving the Midlands in 1931 for life in London. Here, he pursued a career in the textile industry working as a Fabric & Passementerie agent for the Art Textile Co. of Featherstone St, amongst many others.. Greatly influenced by his skill, artistry, and passion for fabrics, a young Dominic Morgan followed in his grandfather's footsteps learning the trade of upholstery, before earning the opportunity in 1984 to start working for a number of European textile merchants. From Staffordshire, Dominic would travel the British Isles to supply furniture craftsmen and interior design firms alike with the latest weaves, and velvets from leading mills located in Belgium and Turkey.