A south coast breeze in Chesterfield’s historic Yards.
If Fat Face, Boden, White Stuff sell your kind of clothing and you bemoan the lack of shopping opportunities in Chesterfield, M’s Accessories offer a similar style and you’re less likely to bump into someone in exactly the same outfit! Directly opposite is M’s Gallery set up and run by Emma Stevenson. Both businesses are located in The Yards on South Street, Chesterfield and proud to be totally independent.
“We started 12 years ago selling contemporary fashion jewellery, mainly silverware, ideal gifts for friends and family” explains Emma, “I wanted to be a bit unique and carefully selected brands I was excited to supply and to support local producers. We have two international brands, Nomination from Italy and Coeur de Lion from Germany. Our British designer makers include Linda Macdonald, Clare Hawley and Tara Kirkpatrick, these three hand-make each item and they come with a British hallmark. We then supply Kit Heath and STORM watches, two British brands who are perhaps a bit better known.”
“I think it’s important to support local and British designers, the selection we have is extremely high quality and I like to know that the pieces we have are unique to the area. The relationship you build with a designer-maker is fantastic, you get to know the people behind the brands, you talk to them directly, they become friends and don’t feel like just a supplier, plus it’s great to know we’re supporting small independent producers, very much like our business in Chesterfield.”
With things running smoothly with the jewellery business, Emma enlisted some additional help which enabled the opening of M’s Accessories two and a half years ago on the opposite side of the entrance to The Yard from M’s Gallery. M’s Accessories brings a clothing range from Cornwall and Scotland to Chesterfield. Brands stocked include Mistral, Lily and Me and Brakeburn, all designers based on the south coast plus Ness, who are based in Edinburgh.
The products in M’s Accessories range from socks to hats and everything in between, skirts, dresses, tops, jackets, jumpers, handbags, scarves and a cardigan in every colour!
Prior to opening the store Emma was an assistant manager at Woolworths, around the country. It was this job that bought her to Chesterfield. “Woolies was great but I needed something that worked around me, the travelling was tiring and I decided to make the change. This was a few years prior to the demise of the name from the high street” explains Emma. “Now I can drop the kids at school each day, work revolves around the family and not the other way, it’s still hard work but I love that I come to spend the day with my friend and make a living.”
“We’re our own ideal customer” jokes Emma, “when we started up we struggled to find things we liked locally so started to stock them ourselves, we all wear what we supply in the stores and only stock items we’d love to wear.
“Our stock changes every few weeks, so we have some very loyal customers who regularly call in to see what’s new. The relationship we have with our customers makes us feel like part of the family. In the relatively short time we’ve been here we’ve seen customers grow with the business, selling jewellery for many events to the same family, proms, driving tests, marriages etc. It really is lovely to see families growing and returning to us time and time again.”
With Christmas approaching why not pop in and browse their gifts selection and support this local independent business.
South Street, Chesterfield.
Words: Paul Chapman
Photos: M’s Gallery & Paul Chapman