Without a shadow of a doubt, one of my favourite home, fashion and all things bright and beautiful brands- is Oliver Bonas. I can’t remember the first time I stepped for in a store, or the first time I deliberated whether I really needed that colour dipped wooden bowl (the answer my friends, is always yes)- but I know it’s happened a lot since. Known for their vibrant, original and simply beautiful home and fashion (whether that’s mismatched drawers, cocktail chairs of my dreams or copper detailed kitchenware)- the brand are one that make me yearn for a place of my own, and a wardrobe brimming with prints and colour…
So, after posting about my visit to the Lush factory last year, I was determined on discovering a little more about the goings on of another favourite brand. It’s easy to assume there are no faces, or personalities behind the companies you adore- and that everything is done by computer, machines and factories in quiet corners of the world- so, getting to actually see and learn about what really goes on is a huge treat, and an eye opener too.
With their offices laden with giant hand drawn inspiration paintings and prints, rainbow paper garlands dripping from the ceilings and staff (voluntarily) dressed in the seasons latest special items- it’s no surprise everyone in this office is absolutely lovely- and loves what they do. I was lucky enough to speak to the ladies behind the clothes, the gentleman behind the visuals (and their amazing shop fronts)- and Olly himself, because without him- there’d be no OB!
Unlike many other high street and fashion brands, Oliver Bonas rarely follows trends. They make nods to them, sure- but each design is thought about in a more personal and timeless way- with prints being hand illustrated and based on story-like scenarios- opposed to the next ‘big thing’. With their current collection inspired by seaside shores, Hawaiian sands and picnics surrounded in fruit-filled fields, buyer and designer Becky and Annalisa- talked me through the collection, talking about the inspiration (candy rocks and deck chair stripes), the photo shoot- and sourcing everything from the fabric- to each individual illustration- pretty amazing really!
On top of that, I’ve always been hugely in awe of the way the brand shoots, styles and merchandises their products. All you have to do is have a peek through their website or walk past one of their pretty enchanting shop windows to see (you can thank their amazing VM Manager, Dan, for that). Their look books are the kind that I keep for inspiration (or, if you’re feeling modern ‘pin’ online) and the way everything is styled is pretty inspirational indeed. Now just to not spend the next four hours on their website… Have I converted you yet?