birdie fortescue

luxury homeware

Our globally-inspired designs for homeware and soft furnishings are all created in-house at our Norfolk studio. The process starts with collections of photographs, scraps of fabric and objects from Birdie’s travels. Initial inspiration is taken from these trips and roughly sketched before being re-drafted multiple times before arriving at the final design. Drawings are then painted by hand or coloured digitally by our in-house design team and sent off to our printers, artisans and makers in India, Morocco, Turkey and beyond.

Timeline

fresh ideas

'Wanderings' Has Arrived

Wanderings references influences from all over the world; from Romania to China and Russia to Eastern Africa. Inspiration has been taken from folk history, Baroque architecture and Arts & Crafts textiles to create a look that is eclectic, layered and lived-in.

Discover the narrative behind the collection and make Wanderings part of your home story.







adapting

what a year...

We were overwhelmed by the support of our loyal customers from both near and far from the very beginning of lockdown. We are tremendously grateful to all our followers, both new and old. 

inspirations from morocco

the Medina collection

This year Birdie drew upon inspiration from her travels in Northern Africa to introduce a fresh influence for Autumn/Winter.

Birdie's trip led her through the bustling streets of Marrakech, across the sweeping beaches of Tangier and through the desert landscape of the Atlas mountains. She drew inspiration from traditional textiles, decorative embellishments and ancient techniques to create this rich and earthy collection.

moving forwards

online growth

Whilst we were very sad to leave our beautiful shop in Burnham Market, it had become clear that it was time to move to premises more suitable for the rapidly growing online side of the business.

Creating our current showroom in Fakenham alongside the warehouse was the obvious solution.  We are thrilled that our loyal customers continue to beat a path to our door from all over the country, while of course others enjoy the luxury of shopping online from their own homes.

new beginnings

The launch of our first branded collection

Building on what she had learned through encountering extraordinary crafts and craftspeople, Birdie felt confident enough to launch her first collection in the Spring.  Designed from her studio in Norfolk and manufactured by artisans in India, this collection marked the start of her dream becoming a reality.

first trip

inspired by travel

In 2016 Birdie travelled to India to explore the country’s unique artisanal methods and to research different crafts. She was instantly struck by the quality and expertise of the hand block printing, kantha work and tie dying of textiles, together with other skills such as glass blowing and wood turning. Little did she know then the impact this trip would have on the future of her business: what had started as a tentative idea soon became a reality.

Every collection since then has been inspired by Birdie's travels - whether to India, Africa, Turkey or beyond.  Along the way she has thus discovered a multitude of artisans in many countries, and through working with them has built long lasting relationships.

birdie fortescue online

The launch of our website

This was a very exciting year for us!  As the shop developed, and to Birdie's immense gratification, a large following of loyal customers was soon established. We were thrilled by the wonderful reception and feedback we received; being based near the coast, customers both locally and far afield came to see us while spending their holidays in Norfolk.

The natural progression was to go online thus making the brand accessible to everyone and our first website was launched towards the end of the year.

Burnham market

the beginning

The business was established in 2014 when Birdie and her family moved to Norfolk. The shop, a 19th Century converted warehouse in the beautiful North Norfolk village of Burnham Market, was initially intended as an antique shop.  This was to be the perfect progression for Birdie's career in antique dealing. However, it was soon realised that the space was going to be too large for antiques alone, thus creating an opportunity that would influence the core of the brand today. Birdie began selling homeware, alongside antiques, focussing on products she loved which weren't easily found in the UK.

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