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Flora Rigg's new Crondall-based textile business

PUBLISHED: 15:46 22 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:46 22 August 2016

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Leaving the bright lights of London to set up home in a Hampshire cottage is a dream for many - and one that has been realised by Flora Rigg who has combined the move with her new textile business Flossie and Bumble

Until recently the home of Flossie and Bumble was a studio in South West London – but earlier this year it swapped the city life for a little cottage in Crondall near Odiham, which seems to suit the English country feel of the growing collections from this talented textile maker.

Alongside her husband, Flora Rigg was joined by her wire-haired miniature dachshund called Bumble, who has been part of the family for six years – and has become an inspiration not only for the name of the company, but also her dog-related accessories.

“My mother is a couturier specialising in wedding dresses so I guess sewing is in my blood,” says Flora – the Flossie behind the company name (it was a childhood nickname, she tells me). “She was such a creative influence and encouraged me from an early age to sew. I always made my own homewares and accessories so wanted to start a business where I could make tailormade products and sell my own designs.”

She has made home accessories for years but without a shop and demand getting higher, she set up a website where people can buy items online or order a bespoke present.

“I have always had a passion for textiles and all things homemade, so Flossie and Bumble was a natural progression of these skills coupled with a desire to make my own mark in the industry,” says Flora. “My goods are all handmade by myself and have a country cottage feel to them with nostalgic prints and calming pretty colours.”

Her homewares also incorporate traditional styles and more than a splash of the classic English garden as seen in her Garden Posy collection.

flossieandbumble.co.uk

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