London-born Fine Artist, Amy Anderson, began Comfort Station on Portobello Road, with a market stall designed to captivate the passer-by. Conceived as a weekend venture to fund her creative practice after graduating from the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, the experimental little sister was an instant success. Gaining international buyers, and a regular local following, its universe rapidly expanded, and in 2003 Comfort Station premiered at London Fashion Week.
In 2004, a destination store was born, and 22 Cheshire Street has been home to Comfort Station ever since. It features in fashion, design and interior publications for its ambient styling as well as the delicate conceptual jewellery Comfort Station is loved for. Open books and floating suitcases line the walls and house the collections, alongside a glass-encased antique piano; the unexpected layout matched graphically by the signature striped floor.
Each collection grows from a different theme. Everything from science, mathematics, geographical destinations, African prints, light, cosmology and entomology add an extra coded layer of meaning to the work.
Comfort Station is founded on clear ethics. Working closely with her own studio team and with various collaborators, Amy ensures that each piece is manufactured in the UK. Every collection is handcrafted at the in-house studio using the finest materials with an emphasis on sustainability; frequently working with heirloom gems and diamonds as well as Eco gold for her private client commissions.
Throughout the past 13 years in Cheshire Street Amy has produced two new collections a year, as well as private bespoke projects and collaborative projects for department stores to museums including Selfridges and the V&A museum. Throwing in her own UK-manufactured ceramics range on the side, Comfort Station continues to be an incredibly busy place to be.