We have recently welcomed four new business owners who will be selling their items in-store.
Tommy Acock from Wivey Bags, Jen Porter from The Little Clutch Bag Company, Sue Turner from Indian Furniture and artist Alexandra Lavizzari have all joined us.
We’re thrilled to welcome such a variety of new businesses to the shop. Tommy, Jen, Alexandra and Sue have already settled in well among the other shop owners and their items have proved extremely popular with the customers already.
Tommy, who lives and works in Wiveliscombe designs and makes products such as bags, kit bags, ruck sacks, duffle bags, shopper bags, wine holders and log carriers from canvas and PVC.
Wivey Bags is his part-time passion and he makes all the products alongside his normal job at a tarpaulin company and his other passion, which is rugby.
Bristol-based Sue worked as a carer for young adults before giving it up to embark on a new adventure. She travelled around India on her own, sourcing unusual furniture, decorative items and colourful textiles, which she sold online, at fairs and at her Clifton shop, which has now closed. She now sells online and via The Emporium Somerset.
Jen specialises in leather and suede clutch bags but has also recently added tote bags and small accessories to her collection. She works out of her home studio in Chard, Somerset, selecting materials from British merchants and then designing and making all the items by hand.
Alexandra comes from Switzerland but settled in Somerset in 2008. She specialises in landscape and animal paintings using oil and soft pastels and has recently moved into a studio of her own in Wellington, where she can work on her art.
Also new this month is Wiltshire-based Burghley Bags, which designs and makes leather handbags, travel bags, satchels, wallets and purses.