The Isle of Wight’s rich cultural and artistic legacy inspires a our range of gifts, and books- antiquarian, scarce and local authors.
Mrs Middleton’s Shop showcases a range of nostalgically eccentric and unique products inspired by the extraordinary people who were drawn to the Isle of Wight. Sister shop- The Rabbit Hole, sells children's, art and craft books and serves as a Tearoom from 12-5 hosting The Constant Tea Party.
‘The Isle of Wight holds a remarkable place in artistic history. Tennyson, Carroll, Dickens and pioneering art photographer Julia Margaret Cameron all produced ground-breaking work whilst on the island.
These fascinating men and women are a rich source of inspiration for my range of products,’ says Gail Middleton founder of Mrs Middleton’s Shop and former designer for John Galliano.
‘Upon visiting the island in 1864, Anne Thackeray (daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray) declared ‘Is there no-one who is commonplace here?’ and this struck me as a perfect quote to capture the spirit of an age which actually still exists today,’ says Gail. She has used this quote on a trendy tote bag and tea-towel.
The eclectic range includes pencils, erasers, bags, t-shirts and notebooks.
Products are available to buy online or at various outlets on the island including Mrs Middleton's Shop, the Seaview Hotel and Niton Country Stores
If you are a retail outlet and would like to stock Mrs Middleton’s range please call Gail Downey on 07973 212 723
Gail Downey, a former model, was a knitwear designer John Galliano. She is also author of The Freshwater Circle and What Lewis Carroll Found There, which draws links between characters in Lewis Carroll’s book, Through the Looking Glass, and the Freshwater Circle which included Tennyson and Julia Margaret Cameron.
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Mrs Middleton’s Shop a-muses on the Island’s remarkable inhabitants and visitors. Their legacies speak for themselves!