|A Fairy Tale|
Once upon a time in a village called Saltaire, in the fine county of West Yorkshire, there lived an eccentric painter called Caroline Brown. Caroline had a dream of setting up a divine little shop, full of the loveliest vintage things, and bursting with treasures handmade by local artists and designers.
One fine day Caroline entered a local competition called Enterprise Island, where she met similarly mad creative folk. After reaching the final she found a world full of hope and possibilities, but sadly the wicked beast of full time work still held her in its sway.
All of a sudden and out of the blue, Caroline's attention was drawn to a small vacant shop space in Victoria Road, just up the hill from the mighty Salt's Mill, home of a gallery devoted to the giant artist David Hockney.
Our intrepid heroine approached the landlord of the little shop. She asked for a two-week tenancy in which to showcase the Enterprise Island finalists' creative work, and offer it alongside the finest vintage clothing, teacups and jewels. The landlord, who was of a generous ilk, said "yes" and before he knew it The House of Rose & Brown was born.
Two weeks later, people were coming from miles around to visit and sample its unique and intriguing wares. Two weeks soon became three months, and without further ado Caroline had thrown off the shackles of full time employment in order to make the divine little shop a permanent fixture in Saltaire and on the World Wide Web.
Which goes to show that dreams (with lots of hard work, a fair amount of luck and huge support from many kind people) can come true.
Rose & Brown. Founded in April 07 and looking forward to forty years in the business!
For more images see our Flickr page - Rose and Brown Vintage Boutique
Volume Two (Jan 2012)
5 years on, and with The House of Rose & Brown in Saltaire still going strong, Caroline opened up a second Vintage shop, just down the road from the original shop, called ROSE & BROWN VINTAGE HOME at 2 Victoria Road, Saltaire BD18 3LA and focusing on vintage & antique furniture and homewares. As well as working on a whole clutch of vintage events, Caroline has been spreading the vintage word far and wide. Team Rose & Brown has grown to include Julian, Caroline's husband who works hard on the promotional side of the business and devotes his time to helping make Rose & Brown a success.
Volume Three (Jan 2013)
After a full-on year, running two vintage shops and organising more than a dozen events, Caroline & Julian have decided to focus all of their time and energies on the new shop at 2 Victoria Road, sourcing and selling vintage furniture and homewares, whilst still running the Saltaire Vintage Home & Fashion Fairs and Antiques & Collectables Markets. So from 1 January 2013, The House of Rose & Brown, Caroline's original vintage boutique will cease to exist, which is a sad part to this tale. But the good news is that the shop is being handed over to Horsley & Henderson who will continue to stock vintage treasures, so Saltaire is still the perfect place to visit for a vintage experience. And Caroline & Julian are excited about a bright new start to the year, and the thought of devoting their time to bringing fabulous vintage furniture and quirky finds into their store, Rose & Brown Vintage Home in Saltaire.
In Caroline's earlier days she was founder of the conTEMPORARY gallery, which staged marvellous temporary exhibitions in vacant commercial spaces in Brighton & London, as well as Director, Chair and co-founder of Chalk Gallery a small but successful co-operative run gallery in Lewes, East Sussex.
Prior to that, our adventurous heroine sampled the delights of Huddersfield University where she battled hard to win a BA(Hons) First Class in Interior Design. One day she hopes to find time to paint again, but for now Rose & Brown is an all-consuming passion.