We are really excited to introduce Beka who owns the gorgeous giftshop BOKA in Devon, which has just started stocking IzziRainey products.
Where did the idea come from to start Boka?
I have been in the gift industry for over 12 years and have always been into interiors and homeware due to studying Graphic Design at Croydon College for 2 years. I opened BOKA in September 2014. It is called BOKA as it has been my nickname for over 25 years, and friends always told me it would be a great name for a shop. I always wanted to have my own little shop as I have always had a good eye for unusual quirky gifts. I like to stock unusual and contemporary gifts for any occasion.
We agree, it is a great name for a shop and you stock a wonderful range of gifts! As you know all of our products are designed by Izzi and manufactured in the UK, is this something you feel passionate about? Do you stock a lot of other British designer makers?
I try and keep all the products I stock British. I have many from Brighton and I like to support small companies. I stock from ‘Claudia made this’ who designs jewellery, Parkminster candles from Sussex, and Wild Olive who make the most gorgeous bath melts and bath teabags. Also, I have an ethical ethos for the shop so all the companies I deal with do not test on animals or use palm oil at all.
That’s great. We think it is so important to champion British designer makers. If it possible to, do you like to stock local artists in your shop?
I do. I stock Becky Bettesworth, who is a local artist from Torquay and makes beautiful 1930's costal paintings.
Do you like to have theme for your shop or do you tend to mix it up?
I do try and keep my shop very bright and colourful and have a very retro, Scandinavian feel about it.
Well we think it all looks fantastic. What first drew your attention to IzziRainey products?
I went for IzziRainey as loved the designs, colours and patterns and your look fits perfectly in my shop.
Thank you so much Beka for joining us. Everyone take a look at BOKA’s website or pop in if your ever nearby.
We are a textile company, based on a farm in Norfolk, designing and manufacturing high quality homeware and interior products within Norfolk and the UK.