Design: Places to shop in Wales and the South West

On many a outing I’ve come across a few shops that  definitely appeals to what I’m looking for.

Independent, carefully curated design stores with lovely owners.

If you’re in Wales or Bristol, Id recommend you go to these:

Mooch etc


(Taken from Mooch etc’s Facebook page)

A lovely small design store nestled among equally nice interior stores and charity shops on King Street in Carmarthen. Run by the warm Ruth Cochran, the store is a refreshing change from the usual ‘Shabby-chic’ and ‘Modern Welsh’ style of interior store, that neck of the woods.

This has a rather more international (and fun!) vibe to it.

With a range from Orla Kiely to Happy Jackson, designs from Welsh designers, handcrafted wooden jewellery, there’s something for everyone.  It even stocks Scandinavian brands such as Klippan blankets, Lotta Jansdotter and Ester & Erik candles – Yay!

13 King Street,Carmarthen SA31 1BH

01267 237359



(taken from here)

Amongst the myriad of bookshops in Hay-on-Wye is a rather curious shop, Rawhide.

On your entrance you will see a throne, made from cow horns, now, this one definitely is a bit quirky. Selling,as the title suggests handmade leather items, like gorgeous handbags and wallets, but this is no one trick pony.

Here you’ll find exquisite Jewellery by Alex Monroe and Ayala Barr, Ceramics by What Kate Loves, sheepskin rugs and lamps to name but a few…

It also stocks Scandinavian Favourites such as IIttala glassware, Hultquist jewellery, Sagaform cookware and serveware, the ever collectable Moomin mugs by Arabia Finland and even wallhangings from London-based Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi.


(taken by the owner herself!)

4 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, Powys HR3 5AA

01497 821730

Bristol Guild


(Taken from The Guild’s Facebook page)

Commonly known as ‘The Guild’, Bristol Guild, or The Bristol Guild of Applied Art has been around since 1908 and was built on the principals of William Morris, to offer a place for Artists and craftsmen to socialise, collaborate, exhibit and sell handcrafted wares. These days it still follows that principal with it stocking crafts and homewares from many local British artists and designers, it is also the home for the design lover, stocking droolworthy brands such as Iittala, Orla Kiely, Magpie, Alessi, LSA International and Freud. Whats not to love!

-Seriously, If you’re in Bristol. It’s worth a trip!

68-70 Park Street, Bristol,Avon,BS1 5JY
0117926 5548


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