“Whilst I consider myself to be Scottish, I also do feel European, after all I live in a country that (for the present anyways) is part of the European Union” says Gail.
‘Yet, when I cross the water and visit mainland Europe it feels so different from our way of living. Our self-reservation and inhibitions can make us appear more insular that our neighbours in countries like Spain, France and Italy. It might be because we are an island and as such we have always been more out on a limb, whereas all of the mainland countries seem to merge into one big myriad of tastes and styles with less inhibitions that all fuse together and help artists create stunning designs.
‘That’s not to say we here are ‘dull’, on the contrary, The UK produce some sensational creations, and we naturally feature these here at OceanJ.
‘In many ways, our new online web-store represents that fusion of styles as we have hand picked designers from the continent and the UK that bring their unique ideas and concepts to life in a colourful and unique way.
‘Designers like Ras, Shalls, Dige, Kelim, Yasmin Yahya and Miho amongst others offer a delightful contribution to our collections. They sit next to design brands that are UK based, Joma, Hazel Atkinson, Gail Klevan and Bessie London to name a few.
‘In putting together the collections we have available on our site I started with one aim, to make the ranges represent the world we live in, showcase the elements of home grown talent that we know you already love, but also introduce European flavours that add a frisson of excitement and colour that represents our neighbours over the water.
‘I hope you enjoy the collections. Over the coming months they will be added to. Make sure you keep checking in”.