Hello, I’m Alison, founder of Clara which was created in 2012.
We are a family business designing and making our products in beautiful Cornwall, England. We are passionate about working with natural materials and always strive to make lovely quality goods.
In 2012 we started making children’s natural felt sewing kits and over the last few years have added children’s and women's clothing, accessories and a house and home range.
I have always loved textiles and when my three children came along I bought myself a brilliant Pfaff sewing machine and spent many evenings when the children were in bed making patterns and sewing their clothes.
Although my children have now grown up my trusty old sewing machine is still around and is used to make samples of my new products, it’s like having a comfy old friend to work with.
I have two beautiful granddaughters Matilda and Amalie and two cute grandsons Isaac and Noah. I have never lost my love of sewing, and with four grandchildren in our family my passion for children’s sewing sprang to life again.
Both my daughters and my son and their other halves help out in the business when help is needed and my partner Chris is my spring board for ideas and problems. He also comes with me to all fairs and is great company.
Matilda and Amalie, with a little persuasion, bribery and sometimes unknowingly, model for me. They think running around while nana takes photos is great fun, which of course it is, and then we all have a yummy reward, it’s a win win for all of us!
I love my home studio which my son built for me, it looks out over my garden and many a happy hour is spent designing and making samples of new products.
We really enjoy meeting customers in and around Cornwall at fairs and events, chatting about new ideas and getting their opinion which is very important to us.
We are excited about new products and designs and can’t wait to show you.
Alison and the gang