Introduce an indie - Stick & Ribbon

A weekly spotlight on the fabulous Nottingham Independents who make our city unique.

Tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Pelham Street sits the much more peaceful courtyard of Cobden Chambers. Accessed through an arched snicket, you will discover an impressive collection of independently owned businesses including, cafés, boutiques, and chocolatiers; one of which is Stick & Ribbon. Founded over 8 years ago by the delightfully energetic Sally, Stick & Ribbon is a ladieswear boutique who have made a name for themselves providing one to one fashion consultations that you will rarely find anywhere else.

Ahead of the boutique’s pop up in John Lewis next week, we thought we’d stop by and get to know a little more about Sally and her day to day in Stick & Ribbon. Watch the full video below or scroll down a little further to read the interview.

Hi Sally,

Thanks for speaking to IN today. We’re really excited to find out more about Stick & Ribbon. Do you mind if we make a start?

Sure, come in…

So, tell us what Stick & Ribbon is…

We’re an independent ladieswear boutique.

Where can we find you?

We’re based in Cobden Chambers at the top of Pelham Street.

When can we visit?

We’re open normal shopping hours but closed Sundays and Tuesdays.

How long has Stick & Ribbon been around?

Stick & Ribbon has been around for around about 12 years now and in the city for about eight years.

What was the first thing on your to-do list today and did you get it done?

My first job always on a Monday is sorting through the internet orders from the weekend. We’ve got a few more to pack but we’re about halfway through now.

What is happening at Stick & Ribbon today?

Well, we’ve had a busy morning already because we’ve been up to John Lewis to meet James (the store’s Partner & Events, Marketing and Community Coordinator) because we have got our exciting pop up there next week.

Who has the fun job of choosing the clothes you sell?

Well, that would be me and my assistant Ellie who also happens to be my daughter.

Can you tell us about the process of buying your stock?

We buy six months in advance. We go down to London and meet with agents and brands that we’ve built a relationship with over the years and we’ll often see new brands that we want to take on board.

What is your favourite item in the shop?

Well, based on the fact that I choose almost everything in store I like everything! But this would be my go- to. (Sally reaches for a long sleeve dress in a punchy coral shade.) I absolutely love the colour and it feels great on…and it’s got a matching face mask too.

Where do you go for a lunch break?

We skip lunch but what we do is have a large breakfast at Fox Café on Pelham Street which is another independent in the city.

Who is your favourite designer, in the world right now?

I’m all about accessories when it comes to designers, and I love Fendi. I love all of their pastel bags that they’ve got coming through this season. Just gorgeous!

Who is your fashion icon?

I think that would be Sienna Miller who I’m channelling today- relaxed and ready to go.

If you could dress anyone in the world, who would it be?

I would love to dress Jodi Comer as her character Villanelle, because you could just go for it!

What is your ideal day out in Nottingham?

Late arrival, bit of shopping around the independents, and early doors cocktails and something to eat. Hopefully home by 8pm.

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