Thomas Lyte donates surgical gowns to carehomes in coronavirus response.

Thomas Lyte turns luxury bag lining into surgical gowns in coronavirus response.

Thomas Lyte is a luxury goods business. When times are good, we make high-quality sustainable leather and beautiful silver. But now is not a time for luxury.

During crisis, focus has to change as individuals, and as a society. This is a time for us all to do what we can to help beat COVID-19. So we have temporarily halted our production.

Our colourful and beautifully patterned bag lining material will now instead be used to make surgical gowns for the care home sector.

Over the Easter weekend, some 325 metres was delivered, and the seamstresses have already started creating gowns for a large care home that employs 160 Nurses and Care staff. Our initial goal is to make 2 washable gowns each within days.

This is just an example of how we can all make a contribution, as active members of society. It is but a small step, but if we all do our bit, the overall impact will be huge.

Our own initiative came about because one of our colleagues came up with the idea, and everyone latched onto it with enthusiasm. The idea was then spurred on by one of our non-executive directors, Nick Farrow, who is also the Chairman of the Royal Warrant Holder’s Charity Fund. His partner, Sally Stubbs, is running a large care home that needs more PPE, so contact was established and off we went.

It is heartening to see how many similar initiatives have emerged across the nations and regions of our United Kingdom. From community groups that help the elderly do their shopping or mow their lawns, to large corporates that step in to creatively serve the people, we are witnessing the emergence of a powerful sense of shared purpose and responsibility.

We are discovering that together, we can move mountains. Now, and in the future. This newfound resilience will put us in good stead as we embark on a long and hard process of healing from this punishing pandemic. But first, let’s all do what we can to knock it back.

All the best,

Kevin Baker
CEO of Thomas Lyte


Please find below, a video we uploaded of a BBC interview that I recently contributed to:

Celebrating International Women’s Day | Women in Sport | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte join you in celebrating International Women’s Day.  Observed for over 100 years and now celebrated around the world, this day helps to bring together governments, businesses, charities and organisations to acknowledge the achievements of women worldwide.

At Thomas Lyte, we are privileged to work closely with many of the World’s top sporting organisations and through the trophies we design, make and restore play our part in celebrating the contributions made by many of the worlds leading women’s sports stars. Over the past 5 years particularly you can’t help but notice the increased profile of women’s sport and the role sport has played in empowering women and advancing towards equal opportunities. There is still some way to go but no doubt sport will continue to play an ever increasing role highlighting and profiling the talent and successes of women all around the world.

Here are a few examples of top women’s sporting trophies that we have designed, made and restored:




Designers & Makers of The Women’s 6 Nations Championship Trophy

With the final of the 2018 Women’s 6 Nations being contested for next weekend, women’s rugby has moved forward significantly in the past few years.  First commissioned in 2008, this trophy has a spirit of the hertiage of the game. Crafted from sterling silver, the trophy originally took over 40 hours to complete, through a precise process of casting, spinning, hand engraving and polishing.


Kia Super league


Designers & Makers of the Kia Super League Trophy

With six teams competing for the title, Thomas Lyte were inspired by the shape and movement a cricket ball makes for the design of this trophy.  The tournament is a semi-professional cricket competition in England and Wales, helping to further women’s cricket.  Many of the teams feature some of the top players for England.




Designers and Makers of the Women’s FA Cup

One of our first prestigious trophies to be made in the Thomas Lyte Workshop, the Women’s FA competition is nearing its 50th year.  This year sees the semi-final and final being broadcast live on the BBC for the first time in a primetime slot.  The design of the trophy is based around the Men’s FA Cup Trophy.




Makers of the FIH WC Women’s Trophy

One of our newest trophies added to our trophy gallery, Thomas Lyte were commissioned by the International Hockey Federation to modify and restore the Women’s Hockey World Cup. The brief was simple, to use the existing bowl that was the Hockey Women’s World Cup, affectionately known as “The Salad Bowl”, and to add to it, creating a trophy following a very specific design  that would give the women’s trophy the same look and stature as the men’s trophy.


The Fed Cup


Restorers of the Fed Cup

The premier international tennis competition, The Fed Cup, is the world’s largest annual women’s international team sports competition, in terms of the number of nations that compete.  Thomas Lyte have been the official restorers of the original cup since 2009. The yearly restoration work depends year to year, from simple polishing and cleaning to more complex repair work.


For more Women’s Sporting trophies that we have crafted, please do follow the link to our Trophy Gallery

Designers & Makers of the Women’s Asian Cup | The AFC | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are thrilled to handcraft a brand new trophy to be uplifted at the final of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan 2018.  Unveiled by Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President, this trophy has been crafted at an important time for the women’s game, particularly as the competition will be played for the first time in West Asia.

Embodying the spirit of the competition, the trophy stands at an impressive 52.5cm in height and is crafted in 5.5kg of Hallmarked Sterling Silver bullion.  Taking 140 hours to create, this trophy has passed through the hand of eight different craftsmen at our London workshop.

Based on traditional trophy designs, it also encompasses modern craft and design features. The handles are particularly striking and a key feature of the trophy.  Cast from six solid silver bars, they point to the six participants that played in the first tournament in 1975. At the base of the trophy, eight highly stylised modern women footballers decorate the plinth, capturing the strength and agility of the modern competition.



The Doddie Weir Foundation | MND | Competition | Thomas Lyte

The Doddie Weir Foundation

Through the support of Barbarians sponsor Killik & Co. Thomas Lyte are delighted to be able to support the Doddie Weir Foundation.

Doddie Weir is one of rugby’s most recognised faces and personalities, a championship winner at club level for Melrose and Newcastle Falcons, and on the international stage for Scotland and the British Lions.  Capped 61 times for Scotland, Doddie toured with the Lions to South Africa in 1997, and continues to represent the most famous touring team in the game across the world at dinners, lunches and functions.

In June 2017 Doddie revealed he was suffering with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and immediately set about raising awareness of the disease and supporting fellow sufferers. He timed his announcement to coincide with Global MND Awareness Day and continues to support MND charities and research.

We at Thomas Lyte were touched by the amazing scenes at Murrayfield when Doddie Weir strolled out with the ball for Scotland’s Autumn International against The All Blacks with his sons.  An inspiration to many people, we are delighted to be able to support Doddie’s foundation with a draw for a signed barbarians shirt from their Autumn fixture against The All Blacks. 

Simply follow the link to donate and be in with a chance to win the signed Killik Baribians Shirt.

Remember to leave your name and email when you have donated!

Sporting Wine Club

Also supporting the Doddie Weir Foundation are our friends at the Sporting Wine Club.  

The Sporting Wine Club is the brian child of former England Rugby International Simon Halliday and Chris Mariner.  The wines on sale through The Sporting Wine Club all have a link to the world of sport, either is owned or produced by sporting personalities or individuals with a strong, authentic relationship with sport. With a healthy number of well-known sporting personalities already on board, they are always looking to expand their portfolio. Two rules: all of the wines are produced by sporting personalities and every wine they sell is an estate wine, bottled at source.

Together with the help of European Rugby, Sporting Wine Club have already raised £25,000, for the Doddie Weir Foundation.

To continue to support Doddie, Sporting Wine Club are making donations to The Doddie Wier Foundation when you purchase cases of three of their wines. £5 per case for the Meerkat Sauvignon Blanc, Meerkat Burrow Blend and £10 per case on the Mon René Sparking Wine. They have a target in mind to raise another £2,500 through these sales and also to raise awareness of MND.

So you can buy some great winend also support the Doddie Weir Foundation. To buy your Wine from the Sporting Wine Club, click here.

Makers of the FIH WC Women’s Trophy | Hockey Trophy | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte was commissioned by the International Hockey Federation to modify and restore the Women’s Hockey World Cup. The brief was simple, to use the existing bowl that was the Hockey Women’s World Cup, affectionately known as “The Salad Bowl”, and to add to it, creating a trophy following a very specific design (attached) that would give the women’s trophy the same look and stature as the men’s trophy.

The existing bowl had to be re-made as the metal was too thin, but we retained the original handles giving the new trophy a link with the old. We then hand-made and assembled the new elements, including the plinth, to create the new trophy.

The new Hockey Women’s World Cup was unveiled for the first time in New Zealand in November.

For more information, please visit: FIH WC Hockey

Women’s England Hockey Team and the World Cup captured by The Evening Standard

Designers and Makers of the Kauto Star Trophy | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are humbled to be the Designers and Makers of the Kauto Star Trophy. Working alongside The Jockey Club, this trophy has been created to pay tribute to National hunt hero Kauto Star’s incredible achievement as the only horse to have won the £1 million Chase Triple Crown.

Any horse that can replicate Kauto Star’s 2007 achievement in one season will take home the £1 million bonus and this specially commissioned triple sided trophy.  The horse must win The Betfair Chase, 32 Red King George VI Chase and the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The trophy has been handcrafted by our team of Master Silversmiths in our workshop in London.  Using a single sheet of brass, measuring 1.6mm in width, it was scorned and folded to create the triangle shape.  Finished with engraving, this trophy is fitting tribute to Kauto Star.  

For more information, please visit The Jockey Club Website.

Designers & Makers of Premier League Milestone Awards | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are humbled to continue their assoication with the Premier League as the Designer and Makers of the Player’s Milestone Awards.  In assocation with Cadbury, Players within the Premier League are awarded this achievement for making a mark within the competition.

Designed by our team in London, the recipient player is award a medallion and plaque commemorating the player’s milestone comprised in a presentation box.

For more information on this award, please visit:

The Auld Alliance Trophy | Scotland vs France Rugby | Thomas Lyte

Auld Alliance Trophy unveiled


A trophy honouring the war dead from the rugby communities of Scotland and France is unveiled today (Friday 9 February) at BT Murrayfield.

The Auld Alliance Trophy will be contested for the first time at Sunday’s NatWest 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and France, which falls in the centenary year of Armistice.

It specifically commemorates the captains of the two nations in the last matches played before the First World War – Eric Milroy (Scotland) and Marcel Burgun (France), both of whom perished in the conflict.

But it is also a tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. In all, 22 French and 30 Scottish internationalists were killed in action, along with countless other club players from both nations.

The driving force for the creation of the trophy was Patrick Caublot from the Amiens club in the north of France, who promoted it with David Anderson, a great-great nephew of Eric Milroy.

Anderson said: “Eric Milroy and Marcel Burgun, Scotland and France captains in 1914, are named on the trophy.  They represent the never-forgotten sacrifices made by rugby players of both nations and embody the Auld Alliance that was renewed in the Great War.”

Caublot, who led a party from the Amiens region on a visit to Scottish Rugby’s war memorial today, said: “The trophy underlines that the spirt of the Auld Alliance will live on.”

Caublot and Anderson contacted both the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and Scottish Rugby last June to seek to commission a trophy to mark the 100th anniversary of end of the First World War.

Scottish Rugby President Rob Flockhart, said: “The sacrifice made by so many from the rugby family in the First World War is never forgotten.

“Our annual armistice service at our war memorial arch at BT Murrayfield is a poignant reflection of that loss felt in so many communities around the world.

“When we received the proposal for the trophy we knew of the scale of the loss.  Yet the personal story of both Milroy and Burgun made the case for the trophy totally compelling.”

Milroy was described as “the most modest and generous of souls. The boyish smile, with which he would emerge from the feet of opposing forwards, was an open sesame to a wide circle of friendship, and never could it be said of him that success had in the least turned his head.  He was ever, sunny, modest and gentle.”

Brought up in Edinburgh, Milroy, a scrum-half, became an advocate of running rugby, with which Watsonians won the unofficial Scottish championship four times before the war.

He toured South Africa with the British Lions in 1910 and was capped 12 times, including against Burgun’s France in 1913.

He was killed at the age of 29 on the Somme in 1916, fighting as a machine-gun officer with the Black Watch.

On the eve of battle, Milroy wrote home to his mother, Walteria, who frequently instructed him to “keep well back” and out of harm’s way on the rugby field. In his final letter Milroy wrote: “We are in for some slight trouble tomorrow.  So, I am just warning you that there is to be no ‘keeping well back’ then.”

Born in St Petersburg, the son of a French clock-maker who worked for the Tsar, Marcel Burgun, won his first French caps playing for Racing Club in Paris before switching to Castres Olympique.  He went on to win 11 caps from his debut against Ireland in 1909 and four of those caps were gained against Scotland.

He played in France’s first-ever Championship victory – against Scotland in January 1911. Burgun learned that his elder brother was killed in action in the early battles of World War 1.  He became an artillery observer and a pilot but he too died in action, shot down and killed in the summer of 1915.

He won the Croix de Guerre and Palm and subsequently had a street in Castres named after him.

Bernard Laporte, President of the FFR, said: “With the Auld Alliance Trophy, the FFR and Scottish Rugby will celebrate the strong relationship between France and Scotland at each Tournament.


“It is a strong symbol for our two nations and an important tribute to the victims of the First World War. As of Sunday, the XV of France will have the honor to dispute this new trophy.”


The trophy has been manufactured by silversmiths Thomas Lyte, whose craftsmen have created some of the most iconic sporting trophies, including the FA Cup, the 6 Nations Trophy and the ATP World Champions Trophy.

The trophy is a magnificent symbol of considered craft being hand spun from hallmarked Sterling Silver.  It stands at an impressive 60cm in height and took a total of 110 craft hours to create.

Tim Munton, Commercial Director at Thomas Lyte said: “The Auld Alliance Trophy is a very significant commission for Thomas Lyte, commemorating an immensely sad time in our history, while celebrating a very significant sporting occasion.

“It is a great honour to be involved in this unique trophy, which for the first time celebrates the close alliance of Scotland and France and will be played for the first time when the teams meet on Sunday.”

The trophy will be contested annually between the countries in the Six Nations Championship.

On Sunday it will be presented by the two Union Presidents: Bernard Laporte (FFR) and Rob Flockhart (Scottish Rugby).

At the start of the match, the trophy will be unveiled to the crowd by the latest generations of the Milroy and Burgun families – 11-year-olds Lachlan Ross and Romain Cabanis – who are both keen to follow their famous relatives and perhaps contest the trophy in their name in the future.

For more information, please do visit the Scottish Rugby Website or the French Rugby Website


Designers & Makers of the Auld Alliance Trophy | Rugby | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are truly honoured to be the Designers and Makers of the Auld Alliance Trophy.  The trophy was commissioned by Scottish Rugby and the FFR to commemorate the 100-year anniversary since the end of World War 1 and to celebrate the close alliance between Scotland and France.

This momentous new rugby trophy is to be played for each time the two countries meet in the Six Nations Championship, it’s first presentation on 11th February 2018.  It has been expertly crafted in tribute to the courageous rugby players from the two nations who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War.

The Auld Alliance Trophy is a magnificent symbol of considered craft being hand spun from hallmarked Sterling Silver.  It stands at an impressive 60cm in height and took a total of 110 craft hours to create. The sweeping form of the trophy rises up in remembrance, while the clipped edge refers to lives so tragically cut short. Around the trophy is a band of poppies and cornflowers, exquisitely engraved in line form to encourage a closer look, while the bright mirror finish applied patiently to the sterling silver surface allows for personal reflection as we read the names of Eric Milroy and Marcel Burgun and remember all those who fell.  Expertly handgraved in both English and French, this trophy is a fitting tribute.

Designers & Makers of the ITTF Team World Cup Trophies | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are delighted to have been commissioned to be the Designers and Makers of the new ITTF Team World Cup Trophies. Both the men’s and women’s trophies were unveiled at the draw for the 2018 World Cup taking place at The Copper Box in London from the 22nd of February to the 25th of February 2018.  It is the first time that England has hosted the Team World Cup.

Alongside the new trophies, an announcement of a new structure to the world tournaments signal exciting times ahead for the sport and the team at Thomas Lyte are thrilled to be involved.  Comprising of a total of 12 men’s and 12 women’s team, the teams are made up of a host team, the Continental Champions and other top finishers at the 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships.

Handcrafted in our London workshop, the trophies stand at an impressive 46cm tall.  Featuring the engraving of the ITTF logo, the sweeping handles reflect the movement of the ball in a topspin curve across the table.  Crafted in the shape of a vase, this trophy stands on a wooden plinth.

For more information, please visit: ITTF Website