Whilst the beating heart of our business is based in Mustique, there is a crew of Pink House worker bees based in Mere, Wiltshire, our HQ in the UK. Like you, we all love Lotty’s posts from Mustique – but we thought you might like to see a little of how we carry on down here in Mere.
We have our offices and warehousing in a repurposed chimney factory (pictured below) and love how a group of like-minded business owners and artists were able to breathe life back into the site over a number of years. The building was originally opened in 1968 and until around 2001 specialist chimneys were produced here in Mere for the Beaumont family business, then known as the largest manufacturers of industrial steel chimneys in the world!
(photocredit: meremuseum.org )
You can see the Beaumont Business Centre with it's chimney to the left of the centre of the photograph below - if you look very carefully!
We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place and better still 60% of us can walk to work and the remaining 40% drive less than 4 miles, so we are all thinking of our environmental impact every morning and evening. During lockdown it has been of huge benefit for us all to have the countryside on our doorstep and there is nothing like a long walk on Mere Down to aid calm, rational thought!
Pop Up Shop
Our pop up is usually open every Friday and visitors can buy fabulous vintage Lotty B and ex display samples, plus there is always a selection of mens, womens and childrens linens and swimwear reduced in price. In addition, all our website inventory is available less 10% for pre-arranged collection from HQ. We send emails out to our local customers about these pop ups and other local events, if you would like to be added to this list, please do let us know?
Targets for sustainability
We are working very hard to reduce our impact on the environment. All of our packaging is either biodegradable or recyclable and our beautiful Lotty B gift boxes are perfect for repurposing.
Our garments are made for you to love for a long time. We are in the slow fashion business and proud of it. Relationships with our suppliers have been built up over many years and we are all working together to improve our credentials.
Our watchwords are these:
Recycling and upcycling
....... and every day we all try our hardest to be the best we can be.
At the end of the day our customers are the core of our business and we would like to think that sustainability applies most of all to our relationship with you.
Canine companions at work
Share your stories with us
We would love to hear your stories about your life and your relationship with Mustique, or with Mere!
In the meantime, we hope that you all keep safe - particularly now that lockdown is starting to ease up.
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The Mustique Mule is a well recognised sight and sound on the island. These little beach buggies, which are known on the island as "mules", are the only form of motorised transport here. We think of them as workhorses as they are used for everything you can think of!
We have learned that the VSPCA is under a great strain to continue feeding animals that are still abandoned in the red zone, nearly five months after the La Soufrière volcano had a catastrophic series of eruptions.
We are very excited that our new Limited Edition Lotty B silk pyjamas are in production - and within an hour's drive of our UK HQ!
As part of our sustainability plan, we are planning more production in the UK, but this is our first project for a long time and we can't wait to share it with you...