In the past few months I've become really fond of getting the bus into Lewes, I feel like I'm in an episode of Postman Pat - the bus driver asks how my ankle is getting on and counts down the week for me every week when I hop onboard. Then I have to make sure I'm at the bus stop for the right time otherwise I'll have to wait another hour for the next bus, I get back on the bus (same driver) to return home and the driver waves me off cheerily. I love it. But in my panic to make sure I don't have to stand around for an hour I sometimes find myself 10-15 mins early attempting to balance on one leg - either that or I pass the time in a nearby shop. This is how I discovered Freight.
Freight is the venture of mother and daughter duo Helene and Adele, opened late last year. Adele is an architect and this really reflects in the shop - everything is placed very cleverly and aesthetically. Helene's expertise is interjected with her knowledge of sourcing quality and unique products having ran a shop called Adamczewski in Lewes for 12 years. In their frustration with seeing the same things again and again at trade shows they decided they wanted something different to that so they abandoned that side of retail and instead found ways of building their own stock range to launch their brand.
Freight have 20 of their own branded goods under Freight HHG (House Hold Goods) that include incredible natural and pure alpaca socks, tote bags natural soaps, scented candles, pots and bowls. Everything is bang up to date and the focus is on quality and durability and made to their design in Stoke-on-Trent.
As well as their own goods they also sell a variety of carefully sourced products such as high quality rugs, cotton towels, wooden goods, stationary and even some food items. Not to mention lip balms and hand cream among bigger items like mirrors, wooden benches and umbrellas.
Freight is a perfect stylist/photographer/blogger destination as many of the products would fit well into styled shots - small white porcelain bowls, interesting notebooks, red twine, beautiful teak spoons...
The thing that strikes you most about Freight though is how easily anything you bought in there would fit into your home. If you find yourself near Lewes this weekend, do go and have a browse. You can find Freight on the High St, near the post office.
Formally Emma Gutteridge