Photo: fabric detail, Victoria Clothing, Penrith, Cumbria

Victoria - clothing and gifts in Penrith

The shop is full of wonderful Fair Trade textiles and clothing in bold and beautiful colours. Lots of natural fibres, organic cotton, silk and wool. We have gorgeous unusual British made jewellery and jewellery made by Tibetans living in Nepal. (You have to visit, and sample its' delights yourself!)

We don't sell from our website, because we want you to come and enjoy the stories and see the colours... However, we have a Facebook page, where there are often Special Offers and Sale items.

We've been closed due to the Covid-19 virus, and have just re-opened.

Our current opening days are Thursday and Friday only. 10.30am - 4pm. We've undertaken all the safety precautions and have hand sanitizer, social distancing and restricted numbers in store. Our clothing is deep-steam cleaned so you can be assured that we help you stay as safe as possible.

We are situated in the British Lake District, so we'd love you to come and see us:

Ring us if you have a query and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. (There is an answerphone).

About me

I wanted to have a business with a 'heart', so selling fabulous Fair Trade and British made things 'hit the spot' for me. I've been doing this for over two decades in the lovely Lake District town of Penrith, in a quirky old building that was, in a former life, a Temperance Hotel.

Penrith is still the sort of town where you can dash out in the morning and pass four people you know, who'll stop and pass the time of day. Community is important. As is our effect on the world at large – which is why I particularly want to support artisans who are struggling to improve their quality of life. Who cannot take reasonable wages or working conditions, or adequate healthcare or schooling for their children for granted. I want to try to sell the best quality for a reasonable sum. I want to nurture British small – scale artisans, in their especially creative endeavours.

I am passionate about the goods I sell. And I would like my clientele to treasure what they find here. They do come back, my customers, year after year and some of them tell me they love their clothes so much that they can't bear to part with them, even after 20 years of wear!

I am trying to do my best to 'leave only footprints'. With that in mind, we stock 'organic' cotton clothes, with dyes that leave minimal residue. We recycle everything we can. We haven't used plastic wrappings for at least 15 years.

The shop is full of bold and beautiful textiles, both to wear and to look at. There are stories in everything. I can advise you on the colours which will suit you best and I can show you fabulous ways to enjoy your scarves. Come and visit, I'm sure you won't regret it.

Please click on the images (on the left), to enlarge them and see more detail. Do email or phone if you have a query.

  • I support Fair Trade

    I support Fair Trade

  • One of team making the cushion covers

    One of team making the cushion covers

  • These ladies in Bali make batik clothing

    These ladies in Bali make batik clothing

Hare and Blue moon bag. Sturdy jute from Kolkata. £6.99