The talented locals behind the Indie Store
As we step back into the real world, it’s more important than ever to support local. Here we talk to five of our Indie Store businesses to find out what makes them special.
Wallets at the ready! The Spring edit of the Indie Store is live, a super scroll of fresh new fashion, gifts and ideas for your home where you track down the best of local talent across the Muddy counties and here in Kent.
But who are those local faces behind the brilliant brands? Here Muddy speaks to the faces behind five fantastic Surrey indie businesses.
Courtyard Boutique, Guildford
One of the top independent women’s boutiques in the UK, Courtyard opened in the heart of Guildford in 1996. It is owned and run by Julia Jaconelli who has a love of style and a passion for discovering new designer collections from all over the world. Over the years Courtyard has built up a dedicated following of stylish ladies of all ages from not just Guildford but the whole of Surrey as well as further afield.
Two Ducks, St John’s Woking
Two Ducks is an independent lifestyle store in the heart of St John’s village, near Woking, Surrey where you’ll find a beautiful collection of unique gifts, fashion accessories and homeware. The owner Claire Leigh is passionate about finding unique items not normally seen on the high street, with a focus of the gift collection including jewellery, candles, handbags, scarves, children’s gifts, body products, artisan foods, men’s gifts and stationery. Fashion collections showcase feminine European brands such as Moutaki, Part Two and Ilse Jacobsen. There’s also a coffee shop selling gourmet coffee and cakes, with the space used to host workshops in the evening and on Sundays.
The Gate Boutique, Guildford
Liz Trendle opened The Gate Boutique in Guildford’s town centre in 2011, with a focus on wearable but unusual pieces from the season’s best fashion (by contrast, their sister boutique Catwalk in Godalming focuses on casual wear – read more below). The collections at The Gate are eclectic and unusual and Liz enjoys mixing familiar brands with those that are not so widely known, to create an original and exciting boutique experience. Collections are kept small and new stock is delivered regularly to keep the rails fresh. Personal service is always the main priority and the boutique’s personal styling service is very popular.
A sister store to The Gate, Catwalk stocks a range of exciting and wearable new trends from established as well as up and coming brands. Liz opened Catwalk in Godalming 20 years ago, primarily because she was looking for somewhere local to buy beautiful and stylish clothes!
Joulberry, Hampton Court Village
Therese Kelly and Sandra Dunn share a passion for jewellery and established Joulberry in 2010. Therese is designer by trade and Sandra is a lawyer. The boutique in Hampton Court Village opened four years later in 2014, and it’s from here they now create and curate the brand’s gorgeous designs. Joulberry pieces are designed in silver, gold, rose gold and platinum and cover pretty much every price point ranging from beautiful rings, bracelets and necklaces priced under £100 to stunningly beautiful luxury high-end diamond pieces that will set you back a few thousand pounds.