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We now also work with other suppliers who produce beautiful ranges which evoke the same spirit and compliment the handmade collections.


I only sell items that I love. There have been lines in the past that I know will sell very well but if I haven’t got a passion for them myself, I won’t sell them to my customers. Part of our ethos is giving the customer the confidence that if they shop with us, they will have a carefully selected range of products.


beautifully designed


On your website, it says you also work with other local hand crafters in developing your ranges. How do you find managing a team of people in addition to running your shop? Working with local handcrafters is a joy. Many are also accomplished artists in other mediums too, so we get to discuss creativity outside of our own field, which brings in fresh inspiration.


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I find it hard to contemplate that the nineties are now being “looked back on” fondly, with retro tendencies. I’ve only just got used to the eighties being considered this way! That’s the exciting cycle of fashion and retro though. Only today I heard a little girl stop and stare at an old red phone box and ask her mum, “What is that?” After the explanation, she pondered, “So it’s a telephone with doors on?” It made me feel quite old!


What is your favourite ‘retro’ era?


Is it strange to think that things you used to like as a child are now considered retro? When does the ‘retro’ era end for you?


I think the term retro is defined by your age. When I was a child in the seventies, many of my toys and books were hand-me-downs, much loved by another child. So I would play with a mix of wooden toys, handmade dolls with button eyes & beautifully illustrated books, all tactile and loved.


I have a fondness for many eras. I adore the Hollywood era of the fifties and sixties, with so much iconic fashion, music and change. I’m also mad for the seventies, as this was my childhood time and that will always be full of special memories for me.


It might be an obvious question but why do you think retro style is so popular? Retro style evokes a feeling of pleasure, a stress-free, simpler time and I think that’s why we appreciate and love it so much now.


Do you get absorbed by retro culture during your ‘down time’? Do you indulge in any


retro


hobbies? I listen to contemporary music but I also have a passion for ‘easy listening’. I also knit and I’m a member of a baking circle. All pursuits that my Nan would have enjoyed!


What do you hope for the future of Cloth Ears? We have been working hard all


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