The Green Suitcase Co.

The Origin of The Green Suitcase Co.

Most of my working life I’ve been surrounded by creative and inspirational people, places and beautiful products. It began when I started work for Fish Brothers Jewellers and Pawnbrokers in 1994 where I learned my love not only of jewellery but for the vivid spectrum of natural colours displayed in gemstones, colour determined only from where the stone was formed. In my work today I am inspired by these natural colours and find myself drawn to colour and style from around the world, a sunset in Africa, the fine art and architecture of Florence or even the yellow stripe of an express train surrounded by the greys of London.

In 2000 I started work for The National Association of Goldsmiths. This opened up a whole new avenue of creativity for me to explore in the very trendy area of Shoreditch, East London, where even some of the people are walking works of art. I would pass Banksy’s street art on my way to the office housed in the old tea factory. Nearby Hoxton Square, lavish home to the way-out, the cosmopolitan vibe of Brick Lane, and generally the magnificent architecture of London - everything inspired me.

During my time at The National association of Goldsmiths I was fortunate to be able to spend time in some of the most beautiful Livery Halls where my love of extravagant décor developed. I appreciate the history in a quality piece of furniture and I love now that I can restore furniture to its former glory albeit sometimes far removed from its original appearance.

Prior to working with jewellery I loved creativity. I spent much of my teenage time scouring the shop windows of London. Camera in hand, I took pictures of window displays that caught my eye, dabbling in window dressing for local business, mainly without charge, just for the opportunity to experiment.