Super stylish shopping spots
The sleek team behind Weekend Journals, an inspirational, travel book for design-conscious travellers to Cornwall, have their finger on the pulse when in comes to stylish hangouts. Here they reveal their favouorite places to shop.
Plumbline - St Ives
Plumbline is a discreet design shop worth seeking out. The small space is perfectly curated - a pristine gallery for stylish shoppers wishing to discover something exceptional.
Deborah, the imaginative owner, handpicks items from a variety of talented artists from all over the country. Jochen Holz, the East London glassblower has a range of his striking work here as well as elegant ceramics by Sam Hall. It is very evident that Plumbline champions local artisan makers and craftsmen as in Jennie Hancox’s lovely jewellery collection.
Port of Call - St Ives
Port of Call is the third retail space from Kate and James Deseta, a brother and sister team who are bringing clean aesthetics and a love of design to St Ives.
The carefully displayed homeware items and magazines are sure to induce domestic envy. The shop stocks niche brands such as Haeckels skincare from Margate and Parisian stationer’s Papier Tigre alongside a pretty selection of house plants and accessories. Stock up on speciality journals or pick up an inspiring travel book.
Nearby, their clothing store, Academy & Co stocks diverse designers like Norse Projects and Ally Capellino for fashion conscious men and women.
No. 56 - Penzance
Chapel Street in Penzance is a shopper’s paradise with an assortment of unique design and retro outlets. On a Saturday afternoon it is a lovely lane to explore, stopping at each shop to rummage through the vintage trinkets or peruse the desirable objects and garments.
After a career in mens and womenswear design, Carole Elsworth set up No. 56 where she uses her experience to put together a personal collection based on natural materials and simple designs. The shop has a fine assortment of stationery and homeware, displayed in a fresh minimalist setting. Pick up a bottle of J Herbin violet-scented ink, a couple of beeswax candles or a Peter Swanson ceramic pouring bowl. Carole is constantly expanding the range to include her latest favourite finds, from Cornwall and further afield.
Finisterre - Falmouth
Tom Kay founded Finisterre in 2002 with the aim of providing surfers with a technical clothing range to wear before and after surfing. The brand has since grown at speed, and there are now four stores, including a flagship shop in London.
The quintessentially Cornish collection utilises high quality materials that provide warmth and functionality. Finisterre supports local responsibly sourced fabrics and factories, and many of the garments use Merino wool from the very special British Bowmont Merino sheep based in Devon. Whilst much of the gear is focused on action sportswear and accessories, Finisterre also offers a selection of knitwear and clothes with a classic coastal aesthetic.
Folklore - Falmouth
Folklore is tucked away in Falmouth’s Old Brewery Yard, a courtyard full of creative businesses. It is a serene and beautiful store stocking a carefully curated range of functional and aesthetic products from young local designers.
The shop presents a variety of handcrafted objects such as quirky ceramics by Hannah Lawrence, contemporary woodwork by Felix McCormack and delicate jewellery by Ellie Hughes. Sarah Johnson’s hand-dyed indigo smocks are both unique and wearable, and inventive recycled bags are a boyish addition by Francli.
Despite its limited size, the shop has enough stock to keep visitors intrigued, especially if you are keen to hear the story behind each desirable item. The collection is constantly evolving as the makers are inspired by their Cornish surroundings to make new works.
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