For the last 35 years I've lived and worked in London. I grew up in Southampton and always wanted to return to be near family. I also wanted to have a small retail outlet. I'm happy to report that these dreams have been realised. We moved house and this weekend we opened a small boutique in an antique emporium in the High Street.
Our main sales channel is and will always be our website. It will always be the one-stop-shop for everything Olympus Trip 35. We also supply other retail outlets from time to time. One long-standing relationship has been with The Photographers Gallery in the heart of London. We have been supplying our cameras to John in the bookshop for more than 10 years. We're proud to maintain this relationship and hope it continues in the future.
In the past we have also supplied Trips to Paul Smith, The Conran Shop and sometimes we sell cameras as part of an exhibition in galleries like Hauser & Wirth.
I also like selling face-to-face, by setting up stall in antique and camera fairs. I've traded at craft markets and in exhibition halls. When we do this, we often sell our Trips alongside other vintage cameras, photos and frames. I've been making bespoke photo frames for about 20 years. I like being able to preserve and present photos in a unique way, using my special hand-made hardwood frames.
So when we moved to Southampton, I was very pleased to find a lovely antique, vintage and retro emporium, Robin's Nest, at number 129 High Street. We have a small boutique inside the beautiful art-deco building, which was once a grand Natwest Bank. It has an almost cathedral-like high ceiling, with great marble floor and curved staircase, leading to a fabulous coffee shop.
Our little space has a few bookcases, a table, some picture shelves and a glass display cabinet. Our Trips are proudly displayed together with some rare and interesting cameras and accessories. We're selling photography, frames and books too. We call this venture 'Classic Photo Art'.
You can see more about this on our Facebook page.