When Habitat finally closed its Manchester doors in 2011 it was a sad day for all the interior obsessed masses. It was one of the cities last remaining interior stores, having previously lost Heals and Skandium in Selfridges years before. The suburbs were well represented with great interior independents putting the city centre to shame. Hence this was the driving force for us to set up our online store Cup + Cloth. Deciding to start a store on line as opposed to a bricks and mortar shop to reach out to a wider audience (pop ups may be a future project). We are very excited about this new venture we're embarking on and hope you like what we bring to you!
I have always shared an affinity with Manchester, starting my design career as a clothes designer in the city, setting up the independent label Britain with a colleague in the 1980's . Enjoying Manchester during one of its greatest fashion and club scenes was amazing and to be involved amongst that entrepreneurial movement was a special time to behold. Unfortunately the Manchester bomb hit in the late 90's which sadly the business never recovered ( that's another story )
However on the rebound I set up another label called Trip Fontaine, it was extremely successful and provided me with a couple of very exciting years making and customising T-shirts and jeans for great independents around the UK and USA, gaining great press coverage whilst selling my clothes to fashion editors and iconic folk of the time. All this whilst I embarked on a degree course studying Printed Textiles at Manchester school of Art www.artdes.mmu.ac.uk . Gaining a career in Textile Design, working in one of the countries last remaining Silk Mills in Macclesfield. Making 'things' has never left me, along with visiting craft events like the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Show www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk in Manchester and Origins in London www.craftcouncil.org.uk , has provided a constant source of inspiration. I was lucky to visit San Francisco last year, a vibrant, cultural mecca, full of small + independent designer + maker stores, established by people doing what they love. On my return I knew I wanted to create something equally inspiring and Cup + Cloth was born.