The Beach Shack was dreamt up as my sister and I took a long walk along a very blustery beach whilst on holiday in South Africa. We had both always had a keen interest in interior design and had even bought two flats in London together and totally overhauled them. During our holiday, we realised that as per usual we had spent a great deal of time admiring certain elements of South African design, its furniture and fabrics and noted how conducive they were to the general air of relaxation and laid back, outdoor living. We started wondering whether there were elements of these things that we could bring back to the UK to re-create some of that holiday atmosphere at home.
And so we began sourcing fabrics that we felt embodied the spirit of holiday for us and sought to find ways to use these fabrics to create pieces for everyday use. We chose a range of our favourite Kikoi fabric from Kenya that we then made selected pieces from and added some additional items directly from South Africa. Our first Kikoi collection is handmade exclusively for the Beach Shack, either in Kenya or using fabric from Kenya that was then used to hand-make the products in a small village in Wales.
The Kikoi fabric itself is 100% cotton and incredibly soft to the touch whilst at the same time tough and totally machine washable. Each item in the collection has been carefully designed to be simple and convenient to use and above all a pleasure to own. We want The Beach Shack products to bring a little bit of sunshine and joy to every home they go to.
In time we hope to be able to source fabrics and products from a whole range of different places and that this first collection is just the beginning.
We hope you enjoy our products as much as we do!