Rose & Lee has really probably always been where I was destined to be. My father is an antiques dealer and being a true daddy’s girl I would spend all my spare time with him, in his dusty warehouse, at antiques fair camped up early in the morning or on the road in the summer holidays roaming across France and Italy looking for treasure.
Then somewhere along the line I went to University and fell into the corporate world, and although fast paced and challenging I never felt like I quite fit in, I suspect the true Italian in me was longing for adventure and lunch hours that lasted three hours long and involved wine!
As my mother in law was sadly battling with cancer something clicked in my mind and after years of not quite being happy with work the idea to go back to my roots and antiques in particular was burning brighter and brighter. It was not until we sadly lost Anne that life took a natural turn, I was made redundant and it was now or never Rose & Lee was born!
I followed in my father’s footsteps and traveled all over the UK and Europe, driving the van with my brother through the night to get to antiques fairs or travel to Italy. We filled van after van on our trips and stood antique fair after antique fair in the rain, snow and sunshine. All the while soaking up all the lessons I could from my dad and making great friends along the way.
After 3 years of dealing in the world of antiques mostly as my Fathers side kick, a little shop came up for rent in Prestwich my home village in North Manchester. Prestwich had once been home to a glittering parade of small antiques shops, but none were left, my own Uncles shop was the last to close. I couldn’t help but think there was space for something new. It was everything I wanted and my family said it would be hard work but they also said I have never been afraid of hard work, so I jumped in feet first. I wanted to create a simple and accessible interiors space for my home village and with a lot of help I have.
5 years later, here we are. A shop under our belt and some new additions to the family as well, including my little girl. I would be lying if I said it has all been plain sailing and adapting to life as a mother and business owner has been tough at times. But adapted we have and we are still here despite the high street being a tough old place to be.
We are constantly sourcing new, exciting, gorgeous and often unique pieces of furniture and accessories to add to the website and our small boutique. Our aim is to offer a carefully selected collection of unique items from around the world, which will make the perfect gift or an ideal touch to enhance your home at affordable prices.
A small team, we pride ourselves in offering our customers a unique shopping experience, with excellent, personal and friendly customer service. And if you are unable to find exactly what you are looking for on the website or in store and you would like us to source a specific item for you, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.
Fiona – Rose