Introducing our one-of-a-kind shop…
We spent a long time thinking of a way to deliver our products whilst demonstrating the thought, passion and individuality that goes into every garment that we hand print and stitch. We liked the idea of being able to change the location of our shop if the weather is better elsewhere. An important aspect of any new brand is the ability to be memorable; and in order to be memorable, one must always be different!
After months of searching every online auction site and newspaper for our perfect project, we were back in our favourite Padstow pub overlooking the harbour when an almost out-of-habit eBay search delivered. By chance, the perfect 1970s caravan 3 miles down the road was ending in 35 minutes. We won the auction with a heroic £66 bid!
The first thing we had to do was remove all the fittings that had enabled families over generations to enjoy the caravan for its intended use. There were spiders, benches, old lights, the remains of the fold out bed, and perhaps most strangely there was a jar of pickled onions which went out of date in 2007!
As we removed the fittings, we realised how integral they were in terms of keeping the caravan together and rigid and upright. With this in mind we built a wooden frame, attached it to both walls, the floor and the ceiling. Our worry was that at 65mph, the van may not be strong enough to make it over Bodmin Moor!
As soon as the roof was water tight, we could begin designing the interior. Old Cornish maps as the wallpaper, but first we had to put down a super thin layer of polystyrene wallpaper lining, so that our maps don’t get ruined by the harsh Cornish winter weather.
We strengthened the 50 year old brittle plastic windows, inside and out, and gave the ceiling and end walls a lick of paint leaving only the floor to be painted and any internal fittings decided on.
Unfortunately, the wettest December on record and similarly damp January have prevented us from customising the outside just yet, but hopefully with the days getting longer and Spring on the way, this isn’t far off… We have some brilliant ideas!
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