New Stockist! Piccadilly Lilly

A big hello and a warm welcome to our new stockist Piccadilly Lilly!

Based in Elie, Fife, Piccadilly Lilly is a gorgeous seaside boutique run by Mia Gonzalez-Noda. With a background in herbal medicine, Mia opened the shop in July 2016 to re-address her work / life balance and hasn't looked back!

Stocking some really fabulous Scottish brands, including our friends, Jude Gove, Smith & Gibb and Bohemia. Oh and she has some incredibly lovely things to say about our products too! 

Learn a little bit more about her background, the shop and what Mia likes to do to relax. And if you're in Fife, make sure to pop in and say hello. 

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What kind of shop do you run?
I sell women’s clothing, accessories, jewellery, handmade furniture and now lovely natural skincare!

When did you open?
July 2016

Have you always worked in retail?
No I haven’t always worked in retail, although I did a little bit. I have a BSC Hons in Herbal medicine and Msc in Public Health Nutrition. I used to run a community health project for NHS Borders and worked a lot in community development as part of that. 

What drove you to open your own shop?
I have always wanted to, when I was in my twenties, before I started my degrees I lived in London and I was going to move to Edinburgh to open a clothes shop - life happened I guess and I went down a different path. My husband and I had reached a point in our lives when we were spending so much time away from home working, travelling to work and our 2 small children were sending a lot of time in nursery and after school clubs etc so we decided to make a change, move to Fife, (granny is here) and do something different, my husband is a joiner and he now works locally and is not travelling to Edinburgh every day which is brilliant.

Give us an idea of some of the things you sell.
Currently I stock the lovely vintage inspired Emily and Fin, with the ethical brand Komodo and hand made Molly Brown, new in Sketch London, I try and look for sustainable independent fashion brands and am always looking for brands that will be a good fit.

All the jewellery I have is handmade including Wolf and Moon, I am Acrylic, East Nook studio made in St Andrews gorgeous porcelain pieces as well as Rachel Blair and Smith and Gibb working with silver and silver and enamel. I am adding to the jewellery with talented makers often, I cant seem to resit!!

My husband creates wooden furniture from recycled wood which is proving popular and I have just added Bohemia baskets and yourselves which I am very excited. I used to make a range of my own creams and Lucky Clouds range really reminded me of some of the things I did only better, they smell gorgeous, feel lovely and are healing to my daughters eczema prone skin. I love the fact that they are handmade in Edinburgh, lots of the products have a story and my customers seem to like that - oh I mustn’t forget the talented Jude Gove who hand stitches her leather purses.

What’s your favourite thing about running a boutique?
Being my own boss, I think, and discovering how many amazingly talented creative people out there, if I can help support small brands get noticed then this makes me feel happy. I am enjoying being more creative, with the windows to dress. The shop is also in the village where we live and the girls go to school, I can still drop them off at 9 am and pick them up at 3pm so this keeps the mumguilt fairy quiet!!

What have you got planned for 2017?
I really want the business to succeed, so I need to grow the online business as we have very seasonal trade here and things can get very quiet and with that comes the stress. I want to expand and do classes so am looking for people to come and do some interesting things -maybe a make your own skincare perhaps??

 

 

What do you do to relax?
I love riding horses, it clears my mind as I am very in the moment and not thinking about anything else. Simple things like walking through the woods and on the beach, I am really lucky yo live in such a beautiful place……..I also drink quite a bit of wine!!!

When there’s no one around, what’s your go to musical guilty pleasure? 
Oh there are quite a few, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Wham! and you cant beat a bit of The Proclaimers x

 

Thanks mia!

 it's so lovely to connect with like-minded people and to discover mia and her crusade to bring small, ethical business together is such a wonderful thing!

Have you visited piccadilly lilly yet? what do you think? 

peace and love
lcs xx