St Ives is a haven for any crafter, artist or independant shop lover! With all the street of St Ives being full of beautiful little shops there’s something for everyone.
First found was Lilac and Lime on Tregenna Place, if you like brightly coloured clothing this is the place for you! It drew me in with the mustard corduroy dungarees covered in bees in the doorway and I ended my two day trip with buying a pair. I could’ve easily bought a dinosaur print dress as well but had to restrain myself to just one item of clothing to fit in my backpack on the train home. Full of Shirts, dungarees, T-Shirts and dresses it’s well worth a look!
Another firm favourite is Poppy Treffry. I’ve been a fan of this brand for years and always make sure to have a nose whenever I’m in St Ives. Poppy Treffry is the queen of free machine embroidery, she doesn’t do all the making any more – they’re too popular! But has a team of Cornish makers to embroider, make and sell all of her designs. There’s a range of brilliant gifts for anyone including yourself of make up bags, tea towels, handbags, purses and many more!
Then there were toy shops, cheese and pasty shops, plenty of seafood related restaurants and pubs all craving for a view of the harbour.
Then the best new find was The Sloop Studios. A collection of studios mixed with gift shops buying direct from the designer / maker themselves! From lino printing, ceramics and glass work there’s loads to look at even if like me you didn’t stumble upon it till 5pm and there were all closed, luckily it’s like an open courtyard so you can still peer through the window even if nobodies in!
This was just to name a few beautiful independants but there are of course so many more and quaint little cobbled streets that can make for a photographers (or any budding Instragrammer!) Dream! – Alice