From an old pen factory in the now fashionable Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, where they both lived. Vicky was an HR and Operations Director and Susan a Textile Designer. They often shared the diversity of their days business issue’s over a glass of wine in the evening, unaware that many years later they would be pooling their skills.
For Vicky it was the dream of unleashing her creative side, and putting the HR diversity model into practice, and for Susan the opportunity to follow the design process through to the final product.
It may have taken them 18 years of friendship, three children between them (Emily, Molly and Florence) and some life changing personal challenges along the way, to focus and drive this new venture, but in 2012 Vicky owner of The Shed Inc. commissioned her best friend Susan Schippel to create some designs reflecting her love of flowers, colour and their beloved dogs, as well as sneaking in some British patriotism with London 2012 Olympic games and the Queens Jubilee year.
Vicky who has two daughters, had to abruptly and unexpectedly in 2008 give up executive life to become full time carer for Florence who has complex medical and mental health needs. Vicky has always believed that we have to grab every opportunity in life, and its all a question of vision and determination through bad times, as the good times look after themselves!
It was when Susan was being treated for breast cancer and Vicky was thinking how on earth she could ever work around Florence's long term needs, that the idea of creating The Shed Inc. and creating a new homeware label came to mind. Susan has many years of experience in the textile industry working alongside business partner Simin. Their company Banafshe Schippel Design has been providing the Home furnishing market world wide with original innovative designs for the past 25 years.
This was the perfect opportunity for Vicky to utilize Susan’s creative skills and combine it with her own business acumen. A contemporary collection aimed to be simple, bright, and easily placed began to evolve. It was to be a mix and match range to sit along side other favourite labels or on its own. This collaboration of skills and friendship came at a time when both friends were relying on each other’s support.
"I have tried to utilise British manufacturing where possible, the chinaware from Staffordshire and stationery from Gloucestershire. The textiles have been made in India, but to an exceptional standard."
"I am also using this venture to raise funds for our chosen charities, Mind, and Maggie’s."
"This collection is the start of an exciting new period, and I believe the product range reflects a positive, bright state of mind and determination!"
Enjoy shopping and building your collection!
As you keep supporting and buying, we will keep adding new products to the range. "From little sheds to colourful homes".