THE STORY SO FAR...
After experimenting with a variety of styles and pieces we were ready to showcase our first collection at the world famous Saatchi Gallery. It was here that we ambitiously presented a bespoke printed leather jacket, featuring a rather eye-catching artwork.
The 'Madame' Printed Leather Jacket was selected as a highlight of LFW. Visitors raved about the combination of classic elements with a modern personality. Subsequently we were invited by destination fashion boutique Wolf & Badger to feature in their London flagship store.
Our leather jacket at the Wolf & Badger new designer launch party. Dover Street, London.
After finding ourselves in designer boutiques across the UK, Tara realised her ambition of creating a collection of dramatic wallpapers that encompassed her unique sense of interior style.
Entering the interiors world with little-to-no experience, we bundled together our designs into a handmade pattern book and set off to two of the biggest interior design events in the world, one in London and one in Frankfurt. Little did we know how unprepared we were when a client requested 200 books...
Quickly realising the concept of making 200 books by hand was beyond us, we officially we created our first pattern book.
Following the launch of our first interiors collection, we found ourselves working with interior designers worldwide. Our designs were specified for two major hotel groups within the first year.
In 2017 Tara headed to the USA, ready to knock on doors and introduce the collection to the wider hospitality market. At the same time she was working on a second collection of wallpaper designs - even more exciting than the first.
After a short year, we were stocked in over ten states and our collection books were sitting with some of the biggest interior design corporations in the world. We were slowly building a reputation as the go-to brand for 'out there' designs, full of personality and drama.
After scrapping an entire collection of designs & starting again (we didn't think they were strong enough), we finally launched our second collection - designed with the hospitality market in mind.
Never ones to sit still, we got to work on creating liveable art pieces - lifestyle accessories adorned with the flamboyant and quirky artwork that Santorus was becoming known for.
Our products increased to include handbags, accessory cases, leather bags and notebooks.
We also worked on collaborations and limited edition projects to include Silk Pyjamas and Ceramics.
...and so the Santorus brand continues to grow.
The past few years have been a whirlwind of new products, trade shows and so much more. Highlights include:
The growth of our customer base within 12 countries, with retailers based in UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, USA, Barbados, South Africa, Singapore, China, to name a few.
Setting up an office in Austin, Texas and sampling the American cuisine along the way!
Customers and projects including names such as Bloomingdales, Pfizer and Live Nation.