Turtle Doves is a British design and manufacturing company, specialising in using post-consumer textile waste to create beautiful new garments & accessories. We passionately believe in paying our employees a healthy wage whilst keeping our prices competitive through clever design and avoiding middlemen.
All our products are recycled… partly because, like most people, we are concerned about how we use the earth’s resources. However, I have also always loved old things; I think that they have more character than new and I find the ‘worn in’ feel of pre-owned fabric irresistible. Although we are not above being given donations (friends do pass on the odd jumper) and we offer a ‘free gloves in exchange for your jumper’ service, we buy woollens from charity shops & textile merchants (who in turn buy their waste textiles from charity shops) so as a business we know that part of the money we are spending on fabric is going back into the charitable sector.
Turtle Doves was born in December 2009 when I dreamt up the design for some unique wrist warmers which are also fingerless gloves. Having made some for friends, who really liked them, I tested the idea at a local school fair. To my delight the fledgling Turtle Doves flew off the shelf (sorry, couldn’t resist that one). I quickly copyrighted the design and before I knew it I had two regular markets in Shrewsbury and lots of repeat custom.
It was at this point that we realised the product needed a name and my husband Graham suggested ‘Turtle Doves’, because it’s Cockney rhyming-slang for gloves.’ Graham fondly recalls that moment as the first time I ever said ‘Yes Graham, good idea..’ without adding a ‘but’ after it…anyway, on with the story…”
Turtle Doves shop in Shrewsbury will also accept back your Shrewsbury Reusable coffee cups!
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