Corby 20-year-old bags sparkling Christmas contract with John Lewis

Louis Porter and his business partner Tom Coleman
Louis Porter and his business partner Tom Coleman
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A former Brooke Weston student is gearing up for a busy Christmas after securing a contract to supply John Lewis with personalised santa sacks.

Entrepreneur Louis Porter, 20, has already achieved phenomenal success with his business The Handmade Christmas Co after selling 42,000 sacks in 2014 and 91,000 sacks last year - aided by an army of 17 elves.

Louis, who was once the UK’s youngest publisher when he launched the now-defunct Corby Magazine with his 14-year-old pal Sean spooner, launched his Santa’s sack business with just £3,000 and the dream of selling just 500 sacks.

Now, along with pal and business partner Tom Coleman, Louis’s company has turned heads at John Lewis

The pair impressed the firm so much that as well as the sacks being made available in stores and online they also managed to secure two pop-up shops at the company’s flagship Oxford Street and Sloane Square stores.

The sacks are also available to buy at the firm’s online store

This year the duo hope to smash the 100,000 sales mark.

Louis, who now lives London, said: “John Lewis has become synonymous with Christmas and we are delighted that our hand-finished gift sacks are part of their festive collection.

“Tom and I started The Handmade Christmas Co as a side project two years ago, but it soon took over and we made it our career. Now, not only are we selling sacks here in the UK but across the world with orders on their way to Australia, New Zealand and America.”

The 2016 Collection offers 15 different designs, each inspired by a famous Briton. Personalised sacks are £22 and non-personalised sacks are £17.