Well, would you believe it? 2017 is almost behind us and what a year it’s been. As we take a look back on the last 12 months, it seems only right that we reminisce over the beginnings of what is now a thriving business, and how we’ve grown over time.
From humble beginnings…
It was actually only a little less than 5 short years ago that Modish was formed. Husband Chris and wife Hellen Barlow’s dream of a business offering stunning yet sustainable pieces that would look fabulous in every home came to fruition from the combination of Hellen’s extensive e-commerce experience with Chris’ logistics and operational background.
Both Hellen and Chris, have a deep love for all that is sustainable, particularly reclaimed wood furniture, and through extensive work with some of the finest British craftsmen in the country, Modish’s collection of industrial inspired pieces, along with those that nod to Scandinavian design techniques offer something special to every room in the home, from the reclaimed wood desk to the most stunning dining tables. This is something that has seen Modish become quite a name in interiors, and as such, business has steadily grown.
While it was Hellen who began Modish, working tirelessly to bring a business that took sustainability seriously to the market, the addition of Chris to the business has helped to allow Modish to offer the service most of our clients know us for today. Smooth delivery, and a wide stock range has been made possible by Chris’ focus on building sustainable partnerships with businesses across the country and overseas. The husband and wife team, and their dogs Lily and Macy run Modish from a 1000 foot Sussex Coast Barn, which also acts as a showroom for some of the most beautiful pieces in the collection.
The addition of Charlotte, an editor with a passion for research and a perfectionist nature, and Christa, who works relentlessly on social media to grow our brand, only served to build Modish a content driven base online that would lead to further growth. It is obviously working, as Modish have had an influx of new staff even over the past 12 months. Edwina, who manages online marketing with aplomb, Jo, an editor whose work you will see on many of our blogs, and Fiona, who has the busy task of dealing with both customer support and finance joined the team over the last year and have brought fresh ideas and talent to the company. Through this expansion of the team, our customers have always been our main focus, and as living proof of this, we have recently taken on mum of two and customer service extraordinaire Nina to allow Fiona some much needed assistance!
Of course, it isn’t just our team that we have invested in to help Modish Living thrive. Our showroom, recently re-opened with a new office space is now more spacious, and has enjoyed a revival with new décor and new items, including the first tan leather sofa (The Bretby sofa in crystal tan leather if you’re wondering!). If you’re in the area, we’d love to show you around! On top of this, we’ve sourced some beautiful new collections, such as the Barclay, and Aviator collections and our foray into bespoke furniture hand made for the office has been extremely well-received, with bespoke desks from Oldman and our range of boardroom tables.
Of course, we couldn’t do all we do without you. We’re proud to have raised our social profile, and our sales considerably this year, and we couldn’t have done it without your input and likes, comments and shares.
We look forward to what 2018 brings, and will continue to source, supply and inspire you with all the latest trends in sustainable furniture and interior design! Cheers!