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The Star & Bean Story


My Inspiration...

Inspired by my own children I started Star & Bean in 2017 as a children’s store. The aim was to offer an alternative to the more traditional children’s boutiques I was seeing locally by offering a modern alternative with a fresh take on colours and styles for children, bringing new and exciting brands together and fostering a conscious approach to shopping by buying better and therefore less, rewearing and handing down.

Since then the store has evolved into a lifestyle store for all the family adding womenswear and homewares to my product selection along side the children’s ranges. But the core principles of good quality and timeless design remain together with a desire to encourage slow and conscious shopping, steering away from fast moving trends which are here today, gone tomorrow. The signature pallet of beautiful soft tones remains too.

A desire to showcase brands you don’t see on the major high streets has led me to discovering many small but perfectly formed brands founded and run by women like myself many of whom are the main point of contact. They care about their brand just as much as I do, seek to avoid over production, explore ethical practices and keep a close eye on the quality of their products.

I hope the online store reflects the peace,I seem to have carved out a little quiet space for myself, a sanctuary I can share with others who want to step away from the noise of the high street into a peaceful space filled with beautiful things you may wish to add into your everyday lives to counter the inevitable messiness and chaos. It’s the little things, as they say…a sunny day, something nice for tea, that special little purchase we treated ourselves or someone we care about to. The things we want to keep nice, washing extra carefully and just generally show more love so they last as long as possible.

Catherine x

Such a lovely shopping experience. I’ll be back.



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