Ninya established her business in 1994 after gaining a Higher National Diploma in Costume Interpretation at the London College of Fashion and in choosing to work in the field of sewing and tailoring she follows in the footsteps of previous generations.>
Ninya's great great grandfather James Hassan was a master tailor and ran a shop in Govan, Glasgow in the 1920s. His daughter Isa (Ninya's great grandmother) was also a skilled tailor and worked in the shop with her father. Isa Hassan's daughter Catherine (Ninya's grandmother) made clothes for her 7 children, and Catherine's daughter Corrina (Ninya's mother) made clothes for her children and ran a market stall selling childrenswear that she had designed and made. In 1988 Corrina took her daughters, Ninya and Jessica, to take part in the annual recreation of Tudor life at Kentwell Hall in Suffolk. They made and wore their own costumes for the event and the experience set the course for Ninya's career, combining an inherent love of history with skills passed down through the family line!
Ninya is married to Michael Perry, a sculptor and artist responsible for the illustrations in The Tudor Tailor range of books. They live in Nottingham with their two daughters, Minnie and Holly.
You can get in touch with Ninya via email.