Jim Cole has managed the family business, D Cole Supplies for 31 years. Described by the media as ‘The King of Colour,’ Jim lives up to his name as one of a handful of obsolete and coloured bathroom specialists in the UK. Based in the Cotswolds, Jim supplies customers across the world, from Austria to Australia.
Jim has encyclopaedic knowledge of vintage British sanitaryware. He can recognise the brands, ranges and colours customers need to replace.
D Cole Supplies’ stock of vintage sanitaryware, some of it going back to the 1950's, is unique, and by suppliers such as Armitage Shanks, Doulton, Ideal Standard, Twyfords, Qualitas and Spring.
Jim is usually able to supply his customers with discontinued sanitaryware in a range of colours. Currently the most popular replacement traditional colours are: Champagne, Ivory, Soft Cream, Pergamon and Pampas, with a resurgent interest in Avocado, Shell Pink and Whisper Grey.
Coloured bathroom suites came into vogue in the decades following the Second World War. In the years immediately after the war, people had to pay a 70% luxury tax if they wanted a loo in any colour other than white.
When the tax was abolished in the 1950s, the country splashed out on colourful new bathroom suites. With a new interest in non-white china, it looks like colour is coming back to British bathrooms.
Jim Cole says: “I offer a personal service and do my best to identify and find or re-fire items in many colours. Not everybody wants, or can afford, to replace an entire bathroom just because their basin is cracked, which is where I can help.”
Send Jim a jpg of a cracked cistern lid or broken basin and he will probably be able to tell you where it was made, when, the manufacturer and the chances of replacing it!
Jim Cole – firstname.lastname@example.org
““Excellent Communication. A pleasure to do business with. Highly recommended”. TWYFORDS NOCTURNE BASIN, 600MM, TWO TAP-HOLE IN ALMOND”