Coastal Chic meets Siberian Chic
Collen & Clare - About the brand
We're a UK top 50 contemporary multi-brand fashion independent, located in the beautiful destination coastal towns of Southwold, Aldeburgh & Burnham Market. We edit the best pieces from over 100 different brands, bringing together timeless, easy to wear style in a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We have been described by Condé Nast Traveller as a “mini Fenwick”, with our collections presented in departments for womenswear, menswear, footwear, lingerie, accessories and beauty products.
Collen & Clare - The History
Founded in 2002 by Vanessa Collen and Clare Adkins (now retired), Collen & Clare opened on the High Street in the charming, quintessentially English seaside town of Southwold. On Valentine’s Day 2004, we moved to the current (much larger) premises in Market Place, continuing the fashion story first started in the 1800s by Henry Moss, who traded from the same premises selling drapery, groceries and provisions.
In 2014, Clare retired from the business and Vanessa was joined at the helm by one of her loyal customers and former head of marketing at Marks & Spencer, Steve Sharp, who took on the role of Chairman. On Valentine’s Day 2014, we opened in the heart of the idyllic seaside town of Aldeburgh in a former contemporary art gallery, offering a modern and chic space perfect for showcasing an edited selection from our womenswear, accessories and beauty brands.
In May 2015, we opened the doors to our Burnham Market store, based in the beautiful 18th century building that was home to the former Grooms Bakery, strategically positioned on The Green opposite Burnham's acclaimed hotel, The Hoste. In July 2015 we re-launched our Online Store to bring our own brand of coastal chic to new and existing customers around the world.