The woman facing the camera is likely someone of status due to her white frock. White was a symbol of wealth as the cleaning process required servants to scrub out stains for hours on end, which were often undetectable in black frocks. It was considered improper to be without a hat and gloves in public.
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
I co-own the shop with my mother Julia. We have been trading on the High Street since 2002. We chose to open in Lewes as we sensed that the town had a strong artistic and creative community that would appreciate our style and the things we wanted to sell.
Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Since the pandemic struck, we’ve been selling a lot of nightwear and comfortable things to wear at home, as well as shawls and cosy socks.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
We’ve been really heartened by all the online orders we’ve been receiving which often come with a lovely message of goodwill. We’ve been really touched by the loyalty of our customers.
Of all the events and meetings that happen on the High Street which are you most looking forward to experiencing again when social restrictions are eased?
Julia and I are looking forward to the day we can see all our customers safely again face to face. I think we’ll emerge from this phase with a fresh perspective. We already have some exciting plans for the new year and can’t wait to get started!
Heidi at Flint Collection