What are you looking at?

Independent designers and makers in the local area are getting an unmissable opportunity to showcase their talent when the Design Collective Chichester takes over an empty shop window in South Street later this month. The initiative, created by business development strategist Debbie Gent, will add a splash of colour and interest to the city centre and promote the diverse range of products available from local creatives in the run up to Christmas.

Victoria Wade, a creative in the retail sector, has designed the window scheme at the currently empty East shop on South street and it will be on view from Monday 30 November. On display will be a selection of home accessories, art prints, jewellery and other gift items from local businesses, including Wolf and Apple, Bobbie Print, Oh My Etoile and Sorbet Living.

The scheme is designed to encourage shoppers to buy local and support small enterprises in these challenging economic times, and if successful, could be rolled out across many windows of empty shops in Chichester later in the year and perhaps again for Christmas 2021.

'People walking down South Street were excited to see what was happening in an empty shop window. They were so pleased to see something positive and were so supportive of makers and small local businesses.' Debbie Gent, Project Creator.

Both Debbie and Victoria are members of the thriving Design Collective Chichester which brings together creative people working or living in Chichester and the surrounding area to build a strong design community, promote local practitioners for local contracts, maximise business networks, and ignite exciting collaborations.

This project was supported by Chichester Cathedral, Sarah Sharp, Chichester District Council and Chichester BID.

Photography by Alex Stanhope

Press release by Kia Wilson