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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 outworkers. 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, Bettys 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 sketch books to find little drawings that she thinks will work well for her collections.
“I have stayed very true to how the business was when I originally started it. Even though we’ve grown we still do things in much the same way, which means all our products have a handmade, original quality to them and are all UK made. I’ve also tried to always be imaginative with what we do and to keep it fun and quirky,” says Poppy.
Poppy Treffry was born in North Cornwall in 1976 and studied at both Falmouth College of Art and Winchester School of Art. After graduating in 1999 she spent several years living and working with a women’s craft co-operative in Central America before returning to Cornwall in 2003 based in Penzance, one of Cornwall’s last surviving fishing ports. Poppy now has two shop in Cornwall in St Ives and Padstow, covering North and South of the county.