Designer Spotlight: Richings Greetham
Richings Greetham is inspired by the skill and care of traditional makers, combining integrity and honesty with a utilitarian eye for detail. They design and develop their products for simplicity and function, continually refining them until they meet their expectations and are a pleasure to own and use.
In an era in which products are soon replaced, made redundant or forgotten, they seek to make items that remain fundamentally relevant and develop character over time. They believe that our belongings should reflect the best qualities in our lives; they should hold our attention and engage our senses. There is nothing superfluous or fleeting in their collection.
We went behind the brand to find out more…
When did you launch the brand and what was the reason behind it?
March 2017. I couldn’t find the perfect size Travel Pouch for jacket less day trips to London. We also wanted better more functional everyday carry leather accessories.
Whats your background?
Set-up Richbrook car accessory brand many years ago.
How many people are involved in the company and what are their roles?
Me – Boss in charge of obsessive attention to detail!
Steve – Designer
Ali – Digital everything
June – Organising getting everything in and out on time
Karen & Linda – Lovingly packing everything and posting it out
If you could start over with the business, would you do anything differently?
Do it sooner!
What is the hardest challenge you have faced since you started the company?
Minimums and UK supplier sourcing
Tell us one fact about you that people wouldn’t know?
I invented and designed the Richbrook aluminium car tax disc holder which was sold in the millions at John Lewis, Next and Halfords for 10+ years.
2017 is here, where do you plan on taking the brand?
UK first then Global, without changing our standards
To date, what has been the highlight since launching?
Getting sample of our first product – The Travel Pouch and realising it was exactly how we wanted it to be.
Which city do you feel most at home in, London, Paris or New York?
London – lived there for 23 years
Personal expression with confidence
Best thing about London to you?
Lots of people and Tate Modern
Statement shoe or statement bag?
Crocket & Jones Shoes
If you had to, what piece of clothing from your wardrobe would you wear every day?
501 Jeans – I already do!
Favourite love song?
Wild Horses / Rolling Stones
Best place for a coffee?
Grey Seal Café in Blakeney, Norfolk AND Paper & Cup, Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch
Most memorable piece of advice given to you?
Assumption is the mother of all mistakes
Very high cocoa % Chocolate
If you could spent 24 hours in anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Driving through the Alps in my 1970 Porsche 911T
In future, how do you plan on expanding the company?
Careful expansion of range with products we genuinely want to use every day.