With high street stores in decline, is it conceivable that UK shoppers have gone off their favourite national pastime? Or is it that they just want a more tailored and personal service by buying direct from artisans at festivals, interior design shows, pop-ups and country fairs? Some shoppers are now choosing to make special purchases whilst enjoying their favourite pastime or experience at events such as The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Shoppers get savvy
In my humble opinion, shoppers haven’t disappeared, they have just become a bit more savvy which has created shifts in buying patterns. Add to this the success of online shopping, tired retail formats and the very real pressures on budgets, the way we shop is changing fast.
Shopping guide to the 2018 Rhs Chelsea Flower Show
I recently discovered a rich seam of luxury and handcrafted shopping that set my heart pounding at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show:
Italian terracotta pots
Award winning designs by Italian Terrace from Bury St Edmunds encompass the very best of classic Italian terracotta with irresistible shape and beading. Tasteful, not shouty.
These boots are made for planting
Oof. Classic leather long boots with gorgeous tassel, Fairfax and Favor.
If you are a Grand Designs devotee you may remember seeing Tom Raffield building his wonderful west country home with signature wooden steam bending designs. These are a few of his latest product designs as seen at this year’s Rhs Chelsea Flowers Show (other designs are also available from John Lewis and Heals) – cute portable pooffes complete with handles as well as this beautifully crafted plant stand. Perfect for small space living and for nomadic lifestyles (albeit luxury ones)!
Er no, I won’t stop banging on about Bobbin furniture! So delighted to come across the Galvin Brothers from Beverley in East Yorkshire in the Artisan Studios making these beautifully quirky ‘wobbly’ designs as they call them. To buy vintage Bobbin corner chairs please hop over to my online shop.
World Secrets shoes from South Wales are for interiors lovers or those with the simple (and, ahem, completely understandable) desire to both blend in or clash with their kilim ruggage. Adore. Available in sizes for both men and women.
Perfect Panama hat
Now this is clever. Panama hats in a rainbow of glorious colours from Indian Garden Company (who are also going to be at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower show 3 – 8 July 2018, Location HC/518). The hats aren’t currently featured on the Indian Garden Company website but if you ring them, I am sure they will be able to help you.
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