Hi, I'm Matthew.
I am lucky enough to have worked with some of the best names in British retailing, and with some of the most challenging.
After a start in catering I spent time at Marks & Spencer before a move to London. Meeting Priscilla Carluccio shaped my future and opened so many doors for me. She was the visionary driving force behind Carluccio's and she taught me to have faith in yourself and your ideas, to strive for the best and to be brave enough to accept small failures on the way to your ideal.
With experience in Retail Management, Visual Merchandising, new start ups, Buying and Marketing with Priscilla and later with her Brother, Terence Conran, I had a variety of roles around the country before returning to London. I took the position of Retail Director to help Priscilla open her "concept store" - Few and Far. Here we did exactly what we wanted to, selling clothes, tableware, furniture, antiques, crafts... and chocolate cake. For a while we were the hot new venue in town! Lavish parties, birthday celebrations, an auction, we tried them all. But then the recession hit and the focus of the business started to change.
I left Priscilla, did bits of consultancy work then moved north to help develop a Farm Cafe in Loughborough and then the online and Weddings business for Fiona Cairns.
Finally a move home for family commitments meant a spell at Waitrose & Partners.
I'm ready to go my own way.
My shop will be my way of bringing together everything I have experienced and lots of the things I love. I will offer useful items for the home - simple and well designed, old and new. There will be tableware, vases, linens and silver. String and paper are a must, [I have a bit of a fetish for a good ball of string].
As I expect customers to dwell and take time to consider their purchases there will also be excellent coffee, leaf tea and homemade cakes.
Are you now looking for the online shop tab? I'm afraid this will be a purely "come and visit" offering. I enjoy the meeting, discussing, sharing and assisting side of retail.
Come see what I have for you this week... when I find somewhere to open!
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful
or believe to be beautiful.”