See What Makes Alice Millin Design Special
In today’s post, I want to give you a closer look at a proud British brand that is bringing the natural world to everyone.
Alice Millin Design creates greeting cards, gift wrap, small gifts and textiles, each with a distinctive nature-inspired theme. From rich florals to delicate depictions of wildlife the collection is sure to inspire and interest nature lovers.
To get a sense of the inspiration and experience behind the collection I caught up with owner and designer, Alice to find out a little more about the origins of Alice Millin Design.
How would you describe your business and what makes it special to a stranger?
I take all my inspiration directly from Nature and like to combine a love of gardening with great design. Everything is made exclusively in the UK and I’m proud to be a British brand.
What inspired you to start your business?
From a very young age, I have always loved creativity; painting and drawing was my favourite activity at school!
In the summer, my Mum would set up an easel in the garden so my brother and I could paint outside. I think this is where it all started.
How did you get to where you are today?
I studied ‘Surface Design and Printed Textiles’ at Northampton University before setting up my small business. 6 Months ago I decided to follow my creative dream full time. This is the best decision I have made so far. Sometimes you just have to find the strength to follow your dreams wholeheartedly. I’m excited to watch my business grow as I find new businesses to work with and fantastic shops to stock my work. We can all take a piece of nature with us!
How does your experience help you run your business?
I learnt a lot during my time at University, especially in my final year, when I created my own brand. It was a fantastic but challenging experience that made me question everything I designed and the decisions I made.
In addition, my experience working for a variety of retail companies has helped me with the finance side of my business. I was in charge of purchasing products that would sell well within a section of the store. I had to think like a customer and put myself in their shoes. This is now what I do every day when designing products for my customers.
Tell us about your products…
I design a range of giftware and stationery which is inspired by all aspects of Nature. I use illustration, painting, and photography to capture the beautiful colour and detail from the outdoors.
My aim is to bring the Outside: In so everyone can enjoy a piece of nature – wherever you are. A touch of drama and bright colour turns my designs into pieces of art with simple, uncluttered layouts. The contemporary botanical style of my designs makes them stand out from my competitors.
If you had to pick 3 or 4 highlights or “best bits” of your business to point out to a customer, what would you tell them?
- Thoughtfully developed pieces that give my customers the best quality at affordable prices.
- I give my customers the chance to find something new and exciting showcasing what a small British brand can offer.
- Exclusively made in the UK, proudly supporting British manufacture.
- Excellent customer service offering a friendly can-do approach to my customers.
Find Out More
Alice Millin Design has a wonderful collection of greeting cards and gifts, which subtly showcase British nature and wildlife. Uniting high-quality manufacture with design-led patterns and colour, the result is a visually appealing collection that deserves a closer look.
To find out more and see Alice’s complete product range please take a look at the Alice Millin website.