Ten of the best boutiques who offer a fantastic service online too.

As a nation of shopkeepers – the British boutique is a wonderful thing – tucked away in market towns across the country, bringing independent and interesting brands to a local audience, with a healthy dollop of personal customer service and personality from their often characterful and stylist owners.

To celebrate our favourites throughout the South West, we’ve put together a ’10 of the best’ for those boutiques who offer a fantastic service online, too.

Dotty Home




Coastal Scandi interiors boutique, Dotty Home has two stores both on the Jurassic coast, one in Sidmouth, Devon and one up the bay in Lyme Regis, Dorset. Their newly launched website offers the same hand-picked edit of textiles, ceramics and glassware. Beautiful muted, natural hues with a coastal feel for creating that pared back Scandi look. There’s a great gifting section too, filled with jewellery, candles and leather accessories. We love the ‘Nordic Sea’ range of tableware in soft grey, blue and green hues with hand-painted stripes.

Circus




Circus Boutique in Sherborne is a riot of colour, the second you step inside the front door – a positive treasure trove of brands from Miller Harris to Bella Freud, M.i.H jeans and Penelope Chilvers. Whilst fashion reigns supreme upstairs, downstairs is a fantastic edit of handmade ceramics, True Grace candles, delicious Rococo Chocolates and Scandinavian toys, quirky cards and Provencal soaps. Owner Sam Bourne is the 6th generation of shop owners in the Dorset town and whilst the website is more a portfolio of their beautiful stock, they do offer a delivery service across the South West.

Brassica Mercantile




Brassica Mercantile is much like visiting the home of a friend with very good taste – everything has been picked with an effortless, eclectic eye – a wanderlust emporium of global finds – spanning Colombian hand-woven beach bags, Indian hand-block printed quilts, Parisian market baskets, Puglian splatterware ceramics and primary coloured British enamelware. The edit of books is a thing of beauty in itself. Whether you’re a foodie, or simply a magpie for beautifully made, colourful things. The website is a delight to pour over; prepare to be tempted.

Resident




Resident in Frome, on the charming cobbled Catherine Hill, made it into the ‘50 Best Boutiques in Britain’ in Stella magazine this year. With its woodburner, mini forest of house plants and pared back modern, minimal style – the boutique itself has a zen-like feel. The website has a similar pared back vibe. Stocking British and international ethical brands – particularly of note are the Laboratory Perfumes – individual, clean unisex scents; the graphic Ferm Living rugs and hand-poured candles from Hackney based, Earl of East.

Nukuku




Nukuku lifestyle store and café in South Devon is a mecca for interiors-loving tourists, who can happily get their hit online once they get home. Known for their handmade, Indian and Eastern inspired homewares, textiles, lighting and furniture, the craftsmanship is second to none – with hammered metal, leather, mango wood and dreamy washed linen. Make sure you check out the Artisan stories, a beautiful way of connecting customers to the skilled makers behind each product.

Jo & Co Home




If you’ve ventured down to Cornwall on holiday, chances are you’ve whizzed (or crawled) past Hawksfield on the Atlantic Highway. A retail and creative hub - home to a vintage emporium, café, Finisterre Outlet and Jo & Home – the stylish lifestyle and interiors store. Known for her clean, muted ‘Farrow & Ball-esque’ palette, the website has the same relaxed, luxury feel. Whether you’re looking for linen cushions in every hue, velvet sofas in dusky blues and pinks, or a beautiful edit of modern, Scandi womenswear and accessories. A slice of stylish Cornish life, delivered.

Grace & Mabel




Run by a trio of sisters, Scandi boutique Grace & Mabel has two shops in Bristol and Bath, as well as a fully stocked online store. Seeking out the best Scandi and British designers – including Weekend by Maxmara, Paul Smith, J Brand Denim and By Malene Birger. There are trainers from Ash and Veja as well as independent jewellery brands, fragrance and accessories, too. If you’re looking for modern prints, quirky tailoring and versatile layering pieces – it’s a one click wonder.

Garment Quarter




Also in Bristol, award-winning Garment Quarter is the South West destination for high fashion brands such as Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Moschino, Versace and Vivienne Westwood. With collections for both men and women, the inventory is vast – covering clothing, bags, jewellery, fragrance, watches and shoes. Their online service is just as slick, offering next-day delivery, 7 days a week and complementary gift wrap.

Colony




Colony in Totnes, Devon is a beautiful conscious edit of colourful mens’, kids’ and womenswear, as well as a lifestyle collection of candles, books, paper goods and beauty. Championing indie makers, sustainable brands and plastic-free living it’s the perfect destination for ethical gifting.

Hyde & Seek




Exeter-based Hyde & Seek is an award-winning contemporary gift boutique, perfect for pocket-friendly, quirky gifts and partyware – sourced locally and across Europe. Their seamless website is easy to navigate and hunt out that perfect gift – shop kids, his, hers, or browse their homewares – stocked with beautiful prints, ceramics and textiles, guaranteed to add a splash of colour to your home.

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By Nancy Alsop
March 2021

Nancy Alsop

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