We met Alison from The Cotswold Tea Towel Company a few months ago and fell in love with her designs which reflect iconic words about Cheltenham in a word heart on tea towels and prints. It seems we’re not the only one who loves these, as they have been flying of the shelves ever since our first order. I wanted to ask Alison some more questions about her brand and her inspiration.
- Who are the faces behind the brand?
The tea towel Company is run by me, Alison. I've had many different careers, mostly in the public sector and it feels great to be working for myself now and creating something new in the world.
- How did Cotswold Tea Towel Co. start/begin life?
Having studied Fine Art and Design, worked as a web designer, programmer and an IT trainer training others to use software for their own creative ideas, I decided to put all of my design and IT skills to use and start designing and creating products of my own! I also wanted to live and earn money more creatively, to balance out the techy side of my life.
- Your tea towels and prints are very popular with our customers, what do think makes Cotswold Tea Towel Co. so unique?
We aim to produce products that are high end and good quality that will be treasured, to reflect the love we have for the Cotswolds.
- We love the quirky designs, where do you get your inspiration from?
I research the words very carefully and use my knowledge of growing up and living in the Cotswolds to choose the best words to reflect each area. There is the odd word that is personal to me, but it’s not difficult to find a wealth of wonderful, iconic words for the designs. We take inspiration from the current season's Pantone colours for our palette.
- What has your biggest achievement(s) been so far?
Every stockist we have approached so far has said yes! Which just goes to show how desirable the products are, but also, we are very selective who we offer them to and only choose the best quality shops with the kind of stock we would like to buy!
- What makes you happy?
Being able to work creatively from home, putting in a 'full day' but still being free to collect my daughter from school every day and have quality time with her. Time is so valuable and we could all do with more of it.
- Where is your favourite thing about the Cotswolds?
The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. It’s a privilege to be able to run a business where I get to drive around the Cotswolds researching and delivering my homemade designs!
- What does a typical day at Cotswold Tea Towel Co. look like?
It starts straight after school drop off with 2 cups of tea in a row and checking emails and website enquiries. I usually spend one whole day on new designs and am always researching new designs.
- Are there any exciting new projects on the horizon for Cotswold Tea Towel Co.?
Yes! We are expanding our designs and hoping to add new products in time for the Christmas markets. Coming to the Cotswolds soon!
You can view the full range on our website or in store – such a lovely gift idea for someone who lives in Cheltenham or has a strong connection to this beautiful town.
Until next time,