After 15 years at Quba Sails, a company he founded, Will Bees has launched a new brand in 2014, Will Bees Bespoke, with the opening of a combined workshop and retail space in Island Street, Salcombe where he grew up.
Will designs and manufactures accessories in a range of styles, using over five hundred fabrics and two types of vegetable tanned leather. Each accessory is custom made and personalised for the customer with their name or initials while they wait, by embossing at his workshop in Salcombe.
UNIQUE HANDMADE BRITISH GOODS
“Our products are virtually unique” says Will, “We only use top quality textiles – linens, tweeds, plain, patterned, striped, checked – and luxurious natural vegetable tan leathers. All our suppliers are UK-based and, most importantly, everything is handcrafted in England using traditional techniques.”
The antithesis of mass production, all products are handcrafted in England – the smaller designs are handmade to order at the workshop in Salcombe, and the larger accessories are handmade in England by highly skilled artisans using traditional techniques.
The raw beauty of the location in Island Street, with its history of boat building, is the perfect backdrop for a concept that prides itself in vintage craftsmanship using the finest materials.
The workshop itself has fulfilled a long-held dream of Will’s to create a brand that combines the industry of manufacturing; the sewing and embossing machines, the artisan tools visibly displayed alongside the vast choice of fabrics and leathers, and the finished product itself.