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www.giftwarereview.net Giftware Review July/August 2014 13 Story of a Product


Gorgeous gifts with a purpose


Beautiful products that have a purpose and reflect a sentiment are very much of the moment which is probably why La de da! Living hand stamped vintage cutlery has been such a success. The personalised knives, forks and


spoons of all shapes and sizes are part of the trend for all things British – old-fashioned afternoon tea, a treasured heirloom and a


They buy for the business together,


reasoning two pairs of eyes are better than one and both bring different taste and ideas to the process. Rita says she likes ‘quirky’ items and Dominique is brilliant at understanding the market and what will sell. They were both looking for a unique gift


...people just fall in love


with them...


memory of a special moment in time. And it’s interesting that the creators have


their own award-winning shop so they understand perfectly what today’s shopper loves and how they want it packaged and presented. Sisters, Rita Davanzo and Dominque


Fracasso Stroud run their shop La de da Living! in the smart, Montpelier area of Cheltenham. It covers two floors and stocks a wide range of gifts and accessories as well as Annie Sloan paint and an increasing range of their own designed and made products. Rita said their parents had a variety of


businesses as they were growing up and they both wanted to establish their own. Incredibly they found the shop premises in Cheltenham and were up and running in two months.


that could be personalised when they came up with the cutlery and have gone from strength to strength, adding to the range as fresh ideas came to them. Rita said: “We can see people’s


response in the shop and they just fall in love with them.” Since the launch of the cutlery the sisters


have added British made coasters, placemats and greetings cards. They will be at Home & Gift Harrogate with an even bigger range, including their latest personalised products - glassware, jewellery, washbags, plaques and cushions, all with quirky sayings.


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