I'm Lara, the designer and owner of Arch & Ivy, a small design led company based in the gorgeous Lincolnshire countryside . We specialise in beautifully illustrated paper goods and unique handmade baby booties. An interesting combination you might think?! If I give you a bit more insight into my design background then this should help to make things clearer.
I graduated from Brighton University in 2005, with a First Class Honours Degree in Fashion Knitwear with Business Studies. I then spent the next 10 years working as a Knitwear Designer, for a number of different brands in the UK and USA.
In 2016 I decided to set up Arch & Ivy, whilst still working full time as a Knitwear Designer. I only had a few greeting cards in the beginning and have slowly started to build up my range and add more products. At the start of 2017 I decided to take a huge leap and start working on my business full time.
Arch & Ivy was officially launched at TOP DRAWER in September 2017.
Arch & Ivy's products offer unique, contemporary illustration with a quirky feel. The designs are inspired by nature, adding in elements of pattern, texture and detail; influenced by my textiles background. This interesting mix of techniques, combined with the bold use of colour gives Arch & Ivy its own unique style.
All of the designs on my greeting cards and notebooks are created from my own original illustrations, which are hand drawn on a computer. The designs are then professionally printed onto high quality FSC certified board,
here in the UK.
My handmade baby booties are lovingly handmade by me and are my own original and unique designs. I use the best materials to ensure a high quality product. Each pair is made from 100% Italian Merino Wool, so they are super soft to touch and perfect for keeping tiny toes warm.
I like to think that my designs are bold and contemporary and will brighten someone's day; appealing to adults and children alike.
In case you were wondering about the Company name - Archie & Ivy were the names of my grandparents.