A few weeks ago, I stumbled on a lovely little shop on Twitter; full of colourful textiles, quirky accessories and bright homewares, Victoria and Abigail is run by two ace ladies with impeccable taste and a great eye for a jazzy print. Victoria was kind enough to take the time to answer a few of my nosy questions about setting up shop, their favourite brands and a few fun past times.
What made you set up shop in the first place?
Abi and I have been friends for years, and we always talked about opening a shop together; our ideas ranged from a small coffee and gift shop to what we have now – an online homewares and acccessories store. We spent a lot of time researching local retailers, and found that most places were selling generic mass-produced gifts and homewares, so we decided to open the kind of shop that we’d want to find ourselves in – one that was full of unique, handmade products crafted by talented designers and makers. We like to uncover and support independent designers and bring their exceptional products to the market.
Do you have any favourite brands?
We’re currently working with twenty-five designers, and I couldn’t pinpoint a favourite because they all have their own unique qualities. Abi does have a cushion obsession though, and has stored a few away for her home, while I do a lot of entertaining and have a wishlist full of tableware!
What do you do when you’re not working on the shop?
Abi loves to spend her spare time watching Saturday Kitchen and then recreating meals, but when she’s not cooking she’s usually out and about…. at the shops! I’m a qualified hairdresser and spend a lot of time with clients and working on weddings – otherwise you’ll probably find me either in the garden or down at the river with friends.
Victoria and Abigail have generously offered readers of this blog a 15% discount on any items in their fabulous shop – simply use the code OWL15 until 30th September at the checkout to make a nice little saving on some lovely bits and pieces.
A huge thanks to Victoria for answering my nosy questions, and to both ladies for the kind discount.