Oliver Bonas Is An Independent British Lifestyle Store, Designing Our Own Take On Fashion And Homeware.
Our story starts with our founder, Olly. His creative upbringing, culturally influenced by the many countries he lived in, instilled a love of design and an exploratory spirit from an early age. At university, whilst studying Anthropology, Olly began to bring back gifts for friends from his travels abroad. He turned this into a small business and in 1993 the first shop opened, repainted by his friends with Olly behind a second-hand till.
Over two decades on, Oliver Bonas has evolved from curating others’ designs to creating our own. Our team of designers now take Olly’s exploratory spirit and channel it into our fashion and homeware collections. We are inspired by the alchemy of great design and fresh thinking and the belief that design has the power to positively affect how we feel. New designs land in store and online every week.
Today, OB has grown to over 70 stores across the UK and is run by an amazing team who share Olly’s passion for bringing new ideas to life. We have fun and follow our company values: Work Hard, Play Hard & Be Kind.
What do you love most about Harborne?
The people! I have worked in a lot of different Oliver Bonas stores around the UK and Harborne has the best customers- they are so passionate about the area and OB has had a fantastic response here since we opened in December 2017. They also love a good chat and that is always fine by me!
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Cher- she is a sassy, confident woman who doesn’t take any sh*t! (sorry for swearing- feel free to edit!) Also she doesn’t appear to age- what a dream!