Elizabeth James (EJ) is a homeware, gift & lifestyle shop with a conscience.
This is how we approach what we put in the shop. I wanted to create somewhere that I would want to shop, with gorgeous ethically sourced pieces, that showcase independent designers and makers.
In doing this I accidentally made my own job really easy, it's very easy to chat to to people about products and people that have a story to tell and I love the look on their faces when they have bought things they truly love.
Well firstly I should tell you my name isn't Elizabeth (or James for that matter!), it's Jill. Elizabeth (and James) are my family middle names for generations. My children (I have one of each), both have them too, so it seemed like the perfect name to call my shop. I'm very used to being called Elizabeth, so don't worry if you get it wrong.
I started EJ in 2012 at markets and events, with vintage furniture I had restored and other beautiful pieces I had found along the way. Over time I met many talented people, many that I now call friends who made pieces from jewellery to pottery and started selling their goods too. I took the leap to open my first ever shop in Clarendon Park, Leicester in 2015. I was very happy with my little shop but often wished I could pick it up and move it to Bristol, where my family were. In November 2017, I decided it was time to make the dream come true, so I shut up my lovely shop, with the plan to move to Bristol in the new year and start again.
They say sometimes you have to be in the right place and the right time, well days later my daughter-in-law called me saying, I don't want to rush you but i've just seen a shop to rent in Bristol! So (after a minor panic), I found myself on the M5 the next morning and within 12 hours I had signed the lease on a shop in my dream location. The next two weeks were a whirl wind, but on the 23rd November 2017, Elizabeth James, Clifton Village opened it's doors.
Now each morning I wander through gorgeous Clifton village, grab a coffee along the way, and stroll into my lovely shop surrounded by beautiful items and most days I feel like I need to pinch myself in case I'm still dreaming...