Owner of The Grey Works, Rebecca Rowles-Davies has always loved retail starting in her first boutique at 15 years of age. After studying fashion she moved to London and began a Management Trainee programme in Dickins & Jones in Regent Street which was a fabulous old school department store and the experience gained there was second to none. It was an inspirational environment in the heart of London’s West End which was full of the most incredible and eccentric characters. After several management roles including setting up their Personal Shopping suite Rebecca went on to manage some solus sites before side stepping into Fashion Retail Recruitment and then taking time out to raise a family.
With a desire to be creative Rebecca started off painting pieces of furniture to sell in a unit at the fabulous The Old Flight House in Oxfordshire, after a relocation to Hove the business began to grow and the website was launched with the Haywards Heath store opening in the Spring of 2017 and the Trouva boutique following soon after and there is now a studio in Hove from which the business is run.
“Fashion was my first love but with time and age I have become much more interested in interiors and particularly how we can use furniture and interior accessories to transform any space. Recently retired, my Mother was an Interior Designer a teacher of G.C.S.E and A Level textiles at Stowe School and is an incredible seamstress. From a very young age I have been sub consciously exposed to all things fashion and interiors. My siblings and I spent a lot of time in Antique shops following Mum around. In those days, there was not the plethora of interior stores that we now have. My Mum sourced from antique shops and visited trade fairs for inspiration. My Dad worked in Central London and we would regularly visit, particularly Liberty where the iconic fabrics would be purchased and Mum would make beautiful creations for my siblings and I to wear: it remains my favourite store.
The ethos of The Grey Works is to be ever evolving in all that you do. So watch this space!