Poppy Treffry founded her company in 2004 working on a Singer sewing machine that her grandfather had found on a dump. Poppy put together a small collection of bags, cushions and tea cosies, which were quickly snapped up by galleries and boutiques locally and across the UK. Since then she has grown the business and now has a team of 12 working alongside her including a team of excellent and expert out workers. Having started out in a tiny net loft, Poppy’s now based on an industrial unit just outside Penzance, where her products are designed and made. Poppy has created bespoke collections for Fortnum & Mason, Betty's tea rooms, Anthropologie, even a shop on the Falkland Islands.
Poppy’s designs start with freehand machine embroidery using a combination of vintage and modern fabrics and ‘drawing’ with a sewing machine. She and her team use old 1930’s Singer sewing machines because, as Poppy says, “These trusty machines can cope with the amount of sewing my designs require, they’re totally reliable and strong.” Poppy sketches almost every day and it’s these drawings that are translated into her designs. Poppy is constantly inspired by the Cornish coastline and will often rifle through old sketchbooks to find little drawings that she thinks will work well for her collections.