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When the North Wind Blows. Here’s why you’ll be head over heels for this local biz!

North Wind BlowsBelow: The Vintage Kantha Throws are hand-stitched by up to five women, taking three or four days to make.

Peacock chair from North Wind Blows

Established in February this year, When the North Wind Blows is your go-to destination for handmade homewares and accessories with heart. Nicole Jones, who’s the talented creative behind the store, tells me that she spent a lengthy amount of time researching artisans around the globe who really had a story to tell through their work.

Moroccan Pouffe from North Wind Blows

“I wanted to select products with a conscious, products that have a history and products that could somehow be functional and fashionable in 2014,” she tells me. “Everything we sell has a story…a beautiful story”.

The handmade aspect of When the North Wind Blows is what appeals to me most, and Nicole’s dedication to this ethos is an inspiring one. She is all about supporting the artisans who make the products, with a strong focus on empowering women.

“The business I hope, communicates that no matter the race, colour, creed – women around the world love creating, art, fashion and style and that sisterhood should be communicated and celebrated”.

The homewares themselves are pretty dreamy – and I love that they can be worked into a variety of interior schemes. I’m losing my mind over the Vintage Kantha Throws and Moroccan Pouffes, which Nicole is also a fan of.

“They are versatile. Great as side tables, extra seating or for the purpose they were made for…the feet!”

North Wind Blows Textiles

Below: The Kilim Boots are made from hand-loomed Kilim Rugs, by Berbers in the Atlas Mountains. Nicole admits she wears them a lot, “the Kilim boots don’t come off!”.)

North Wind Blows Boots3
When asked to elaborate on where the name of her business comes from, Nicole’s explanation really cements what her venture is about.

“When The North Wind Blows…it signals a Gypsy’s spirit to move on. That is exactly what we do… travel from village to village and seek new and amazing things and then, move on to the next”.

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