A few months ago, I visited a boutique on Park End Street in Oxford City Centre, and I can honestly say it might be the most beautiful and interesting shop in the city. The stories the owners were telling me about the family run business had me completely mesmerised, there’s so much history and thought into such a small shop.
The business is run by June Suliman, a designer and was created by her and her husband, Sam. In the 1960’s, they travelled over to India and worked with the local craftsmen and were the first people to introduce the printing technique ‘woodblock’. After the pair returned to England they went to London and their designs got coverage in top magazines of the time.
June and Sam worked with a range of A-listers including David Bowie, Yoko Ono and Joan Collins who have all been huge influences in my exploration of fashion and art. Some of the designs and articles June and her daughter Amanda showed me were breathtakingly beautiful, I felt honoured to be in the presence of such a respected designer and artist.
After June and Sam retired from mainstream city life they retreated to oxford where Rainbow and Spoon was born in 1982. The business is run my Amanda but June’s other daughter often visits. I had the pleasure of meeting June and her daughters when I visited and they are so kind and welcoming, as soon as you walk into the brightly coloured shop with unique garments of all designs and shapes all arranged so perfectly.
The shop holds an array of one offs, unique collections, gifts and accessories. Amanda and June so kindly gifted me this London print clutch bag which I’ve been using as a make-up bag ever since – it fits all my bits and pieces in, and the quality is insane and it’s such a beautiful pattern.