Designer Profile

LA born, London resident Nancy Johnston founded Tengri in 2014 with a mission to spearhead change for good in the global luxury fashion in dustry. An Asian-American with a penchant for travel and adventure, Nancy’s first hand experience of living with nomadic herder families in the Khangai region of Mongolia inspired her to found the House of Tengri, a collective movement built by people unwilling to settle for the status quo.

Tengri is a lifestyle brand and noble yarn specialist, featuring ready-to-wear and bespoke collections which instill elements of eastern and western influences, made from Tengri’s Khangai Noble Yarns®

Mongolian yak fibres that are as soft as cashmere, warmer than merino wool, breathable and hypoallergenic. The London-based social enterprise is pioneering a new heritage built on technological innovation, British design and craftsmanship, and a 100% transparent supply chain. Creative Director, Nancy Johnston, leads Tengri’s design aesthetic, exploring the tension and juxtaposition of nature and urbanization, for the modern-day warrior.

Bespoke pieces created by Tengri’s collaborative designers celebrate the vanguard of British textile innovation and London creativity and design, centred on a sustainable and circular design philosophy. It all starts with Tengri’s sustainable supply chain. Working directly with nomadic herders helps to preserve the Mongolian landscape and protect wildlife, which are threatened by rapid industrialisation and land degradation. Tengri’s yak fibres are sourced directly from cooperatives representing 4,500 herder families in Mongolia’s Khangai mountains, and spun into yarns in Yorkshire. Khangaiyak are indigenous to Mongolia and live sustainably in the ecosystem. Unlike cashmere goats, they don’t tear grassroots from the ground when they graze, and their large hooves don’t damage the terrain, allowing plants and other wildlife to regenerate and thrive.

Khangai yak roam semi-wild, often at high altitudes, and endure extreme summers and harsh winter conditions. This means their coats are a robust and unique natural material, with textures and colours found only in animals native to this region, where they graze on mineral-rich terrain. The precious fibres can be sourced only by hand-combing each yak individually, once a year, when the animals shed their winter coats.

Tengri garments are designed and made with the highest level of craftsmanship for discerning and conscientious global citizens.