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Nomad and the Bowerbird
Tel: 01328 713093
A refreshingly original shop with an eclectic well travelled feel offering quality fashion and accessories, home-wear from around the globe and one off vintage pieces – a must for anyone with style and individual taste.
Where to find it
Nomad and the Bowerbird is situated next door to the reputable coastal store, Bringing the Outside In (click here to read the review), in the village of Holkham next to the entrance of the Holkham estate and The Victoria hotel. It can be found on the main A149 coastal road from Old Hunstanton to Wells-next-the-Sea which is a lovely drive and has many delightful places to stop off at en route. Newly opened, this wooden shack fits in with the quirky theme of its neighbour and complements it perfectly.
What to expect
What I like best about this shop is the eclectic range of items it contains within its small walls. A random array of unusual artefacts urge you to take a closer look; they simultaneously go together and yet clash which is what gives this store its original concept and vision. It’s well travelled, that much is apparent as soon as you enter. Everything here is chosen with thought and care. Leave behind any misconceptions and explore each item on its own merit. If you can do that, you’re sure to find something that will delight.
Fashion and Accessories
The enthusiastic owner, Sarah, has worked in the retail industry since she was sixteen and finally having her own shop is clearly a dream come true. With a degree in fashion buying for retail, she knows her stuff when it comes to selecting clothing pieces for day to day wear. She stocks two main brands: Darling is an English firm that has a vintage inspired print to its tunics and dresses; Soaked in Luxury is a Danish brand that is “very easy to wear with great colours and styles to suit a wide age group and variety of body shapes”. The clothing is unique, well priced and of top quality. You’ll also find a selection of accessories including jewellery and scarves.
Global home decor
Sarah prides herself on “keeping different with products that you wouldn’t find elsewhere along the coast”. Her items are sourced from around the world. Recycled pressed glass, terracotta and crockery pieces are handmade in Portugal and Denmark. The stylish glasses for instance are made in small batches by a family in Southern Portugal who have over 150 years experience in mixing sand and colours before adding heat then hand forming, grounding and carefully polishing each glass. There’s a story to tell behind every piece; it’s what makes a purchase extra special.
Vintage and Off the Wall
My favourite items are the quirky original things; a vintage 48 star USA flag found in a market in downtown New York, the well worn drinks carts and the Ball Mason Jar. The books are all unusual: flea markets in Paris; Sibella Courts Stylist Guide from America. This is a great shop to visit if you’re seeking the original gift or souvenir. On a visit here a week before we hosted the Olympics, I bought a wonderful journal with watercolour cartoon pictures in of all the sites of London. It made a perfect notebook to store all my memories and mementos of my 2012 experience.
Basically, if you like to be different, like vintage, like original, like quirky, then you’ll love it here; stylish tasteful things that you won’t find on the high street or in someone else’s lounge. A fresh new concept for North Norfolk that I predict will do very well indeed.
Nomad and the Bowerbird is open every day except Tuesdays 10.30am to 4pm. They do mail order and will deliver to anywhere in the UK.