Eclettico is an independent family-run design-led retail shop situated in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Colchester, Essex. Stocking a wide range of jewellery, teddy bears, kitchenware, greetings cards and gifts.
What We Do
Eclettico specialises in design-led gifts and objects stocking brands such as Alessi, Charlie Bears, Kosta Boda, Kaycee Bears, Elephant Parade, DCUK, Vineyard Candles, Tianguis Jackson, Kit Heath, Spaceform, Poole Pottery and many many more. Please contact us if you would like to know more.
Who We Are
The Eclettico Story
In the Spring of 2008 couple Gary and Judith Naylor happened across the sale of a freehold building in the heart of historic Colchester. The building had played host to the most wonderful and much loved eclectic gift shop for 20 or so years. The people of Colchester have always supported the shop and when the previous owner decided that he wanted to retire and close the business Gary and Judith felt the shop would be greatly missed and not just by them. They decided that they would like to purchase not just the building but also the business. By trade Gary is an Independent Financial Adviser, he founded his company Optimum in 1995. Judith had spent many years raising their children and later worked at Optimum with Gary. Their experiences of retail were limited.
Friday 4th April 2008 and the purchase of the shop, then called The Craftsman, was completed. The shop was closed for two hours while the purchase was completed, it was theirs and the learning curve then commenced. Gary remained running Optimum and Judith began working in the shop along with the existing staff who had worked in the shop for some time. They continued to purchase many of the lines the previous owner had stocked for many months making a few new additions with quirky new products that their customers seemed to take to well. All the time they were making subtle changes to the shop and removing a few fixtures and fittings to expose the beautiful Grade II listed building that they had bought. They began to find their feet and felt that perhaps they wanted to start making their own mark on the shop. The first big change was in the Autumn of 2008 when they decided to give the upstairs a complete refit. They decided they wanted to turn the space into a design-led showroom stocking Alessi, LSA glass, Kosta Boda amongst other design classics. Their biggest challenge was accounting for the sloping floor, they had to have specially made shelving units to combat the problem posed by their beautiful historic building. The upstairs looked wonderful and was a hit, referred to as ‘a hidden gem’.
In July 2009 Gary and Judith’s daughter, Harriette, graduated from Warwick and a week later found herself working at the shop, for what she thought would be a short term thing, intending to stay a year at the business, but she is still working at Eclettico today. Harriette began at the shop running the upstairs showroom and learning the ropes of the family business.
They required a Christmas temp in 2010, so Vicky started at the shop, she had been a friend of Harriette’s for years and was an instant choice for the role. Little did they all know that she would become a Naylor herself marrying Gary and Judith’s son, Tosh.
The downstairs of the shop began to look tired and needed a major refit, so in the Spring of 2011 they decided to give it a major face lift. The downstairs was completely stripped and work began on new flooring, lighting and shelving. The refit meant they had to close for an entire month while the work was carried out. However, it was worth it and on 15th March 2011 the shop reopened under the new name of Eclettico. Response to the new look and new name was positive. They reopened with lots of fabulous new lines and it was then that they started to really change a lot of the lines that the shop had previously stocked.
July 2012 saw the addition of the wonderful Charlie Bears, they were very well received by lots of regular customers who started collections (along with all the staff at Eclettico). It was at this time that Harriette took over the running of the shop completely. The shop is constantly changing and evolving with the times and customer demand. They stock a wide range of very eclectic gifts (hence the name which is the Italian for eclectic). It has become very much a part of the family and is as much loved by them as the people of Colchester.