What’s in my bag?
PUBLISHED: 12:16 09 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:16 09 December 2014
Cathy Frost, owner of Loveone in Ipswich, has an eye for beautiful and quirky things. Amy Westall takes a peak inside her favourite and ‘practical’ handbag
Cathy Frost opened her eclectic vintage gift shop in St Peters Street, Ipswich, in November 2007.
“Before the opening of Loveone, I had been self employed in interior design. I started buying products for showrooms in a kitchen company, but people started buying what I put out for props. I wanted a different challenge and I really liked the idea of owning a shop.
“I tried a shop website, but didn’t like the process. When this place came up for rent, I went in feet first. Customers can get the full satisfaction of trying, testing and smelling the things I have to offer.”
Loveone started as a homeware store, but evolved into a gift shop selling local and unique gifts as well as quirky homeware products. The ethos is to showcase the very best designers and makers Suffolk and Britain has to offer. Cathy believes in the back story of each item – she’s met the creators and got to know their story. Therefore each gift will create a personal touch, with added value.
When it comes to handbags Cathy is places practicality above very expensive brands.
“My handbags have always been very practical, as I always walk to work. I’ve never been a designer bag person, but this Boden Satchel is my favourite everyday bag.
“It’s quite battered now, but it’s my favourite colour, silver. The fabric is soft and you get a lot in it. It’s useful for when I’m out and about at trade shows for example, because I need to be hands free. If I go up to London when buying items to sell, then it’s my ideal travelling desk.”
iPad Mini, iPhone 4s and iPod Touch. Prices vary (6)
“I always have these three handy pieces of technology with me. I take my iPad Mini to all my meetings to make sure I can receive as well as give out all the necessary information. It’s great for quick research on the move, as well as diary entries, emails and personal use.”
Catseye Tissues £1 (5)
“These tissues are a must if you don’t want scrunched up ones in the bottom of your bag! The soft and pretty package designs make it a little stocking filler.”
Soapsmith Body Butter Melt, 100ml, £10 (3)
“This is an essential for my hands and winter moisturising. Soapsmith products create scents to reflect areas of London, my one being Camden Town Coconut and Bergamot. I grew up in London, so this product is a resonance of where I came from. With my daughter, Hannah now living in Camden, this product has become more personal. Soapsmith products are available in my shop.”
Clinique Chubby Stick in Bountiful Blush £17 (4)
“This was bought in Ipswich as a little treat for myself. I am passionate about our high street as it’s much better than shopping online. I also believe that having one-to-one advice is helpful and rewarding.”
Agatha Ruiz De La Prada Lip Balm in Tutti Frutti, 15ml, £3-£4
“This extremely fruity lip balm was a gift from my daughter, Hannah. It smells divine, the package is lovely, and she knows I love my lip balm!”
Undercover Recycled Leather Notebook A5 £20 (2)
“My neon green notebook is my life. Even though I love using my iPad, you can’t beat doodles, scribblings and jotting down ideas. This was a gift from a friend, as she knows that my notebook is an essential. After meeting the manufacturers in London, I started selling Undercover products myself.”