Orkney jewellery designer Sheila Fleet is set to open a new shop within Glasgow’s Princes Square, this week.
The new boutique, which opens on Friday (5 April), will be the designer’s third concept store, and marks the brand’s retail debut in Glasgow.
Within the city’s award-winning retail and leisure destination, Sheila Fleet promises customers a unique retail experience, one reflecting the jewellery designer’s island homeland and the themes that define her work.
Following months of planning and development, the shop – situated on the first floor of Princes Square – has been fitted out to an exceptionally high standard, with the textures, shapes and colours of the Orkney sea, sky and land providing inspiration for the interior design.
Work on the new store has been overseen by Sheila Fleet, her son Martin and his wife Mairi, with Orcadian artist and interior designer, Marion Yorston, helping transform the vision for the space into a reality.
The eponymous designer, Sheila Fleet, shares: “Princes Square is a beautiful boutique shopping centre and we’ve long aspired to have a presence there as retail is a critical element of what we do.
“In 2018, after a very busy few years developing our new Kirk Gallery shop and café in Orkney, we finally got the opportunity to take up a space within the centre that we felt would work well for us and give us scope to do something really special for our Glasgow customers.”
Curved walls, pebble shapes and colours, seaweed sculptures, wave elements and curtains of light are just some of the features visitors to the shop can expect to see.
The shop fit has been undertaken by Watts Design, with Ratho Byres Forge creating the unique sculptural displays.
“We’ve sought to take a little piece of Orkney to Glasgow and tell the story of the islands through the amazing interior of the shop, the displays and the jewellery itself, which is all inspired by the sea, sky, landscape and history that surrounds us in Orkney,” shares Sheila Fleet. “We think the end result is truly remarkable and can’t wait to share it with everyone.”
The new 71 sq. metres boutique will join other jewellery retailer’s such as Argento, Diamond Heaven, and Links of London.
In addition to showcasing Sheila Fleet’s many collections, the new shop will feature pieces created using rare Scottish gold. Sheila Fleet is one of only two jewellers authorised to receive gold from Scotland’s only gold mine, at Cononish near Tyndrum, making this offering enticing and exclusive.