We are Shelley & Gina, the faces behind our brand Herringbone & Plaid, which we founded in 2018. Having been friends for over 15 years, we both enjoy many of the same hobbies and interests, as well as sharing a mutual love for walking our beloved dogs Noodle & Bolly. With Gina’s expert accounting skills and Shelley’s passion for selling – together we are the perfect match!
The business was born out of a desire to start working again as our children neared the end of their school days and flew the nest. We both loved the idea of selling at gift fairs and pop ups and travelling the length and breadth of the country doing so.
The concept for our carefully curated collection of throws, blankets and scarves came to fruition after spending a weekend visiting a London trade fair. We were both instinctively drawn towards the natural fibres of wool, cashmere, mohair and cotton. So having discovered some wonderful suppliers, we decided to create our own collection of ethically sourced and sustainably made products. Our only condition ~ that they be made from natural fibres.
In the past three years we have expanded our business to include a complementary range of beautiful products; from practical cotton fleece throws and dog blankets made in Austria, to rainbow coloured Shetland and Merino wool throws from our beloved Cotswolds; from our deliciously soft alpaca throws and wraps, to smaller accessories like Haman towels and wrist warmers. We’ve even embarked on a new venture – a luxurious range of pure cashmere wraps embellished with crystals, designed by us and made by one of our lovely family run suppliers in Nepal. The first shipment was so successful that we are in the process of expanding the number of designs and colour ways.
Covid-19 and the enforced lockdown has sadly put paid to selling our products face-to-face, but we are busy learning new social media skills and our website remains open for business.