– By Sarah-Leigh Wade –
Sandwiched between the leafy Holland Park and Notting Hill in London, independent boutique-with-a-difference Sophie Gass sits on Ladbroke Grove; a beautiful beacon in amongst the sprawling townhouses and designer shop fronts.
Spotting a gap in the market (and in the local area), Sophie launched her unique concept in October 2012, offering a luxe nail bar, home and fashion accessories, clothing and fresh flowers to a delighted local customer base. Since the October opening, the business has gone from strength to strength, attracting visitors from across London and beyond, with expansion plans already on the radar.
Sophie herself is present every day, offering exceptional customer service alongside her team of talented technicians. I popped in on a sunny Saturday to experience one of her much-discussed Shellac manis and to have a chat with the delightful former-banker-come-brand-founder.
What strikes you first is the entirely calming boutique interior – covetable items (perfect gifts for a loved one or one’s self) are beautifully displayed, never failing to capture attention while the chic clientele recline to enjoy their treatments. The atmosphere is relaxed, whilst the expert care the team provides speaks for itself.
Sophie is committed to her concept, specializing in chic treatments, no fads, and a carefully curated product selection. The exquisite clothing rail was a sticking point for me, with Sophie sourcing the items herself, choosing fabrics, colour-ways and embellishments, offering an exclusive line only available in-store.
You might think such beautiful surroundings would come with a hefty price tag, yet a mini manicure starts at just £15 as well as pick up stunning jewelry for as little as £35. For us here at Team Olivia, Sophie’s boutique provides the perfect haven in London – dedicated to timeless beauty and fashion treats.
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Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLeighW