Maison et Vie is a small, design-led independent lifestyle boutique owned by husband and wife design duo, Andrea Carless and Jamie James.

Our story began when we met in a Goth club in Birmingham in the mid 1980’s.

Having both grown up in the industrial heartlands of the West Midlands with a desire to express our creativity, our love of style and design led us to move to London in the mid 1990’s to be in the creative hub of the city.

Andrea worked as a designer’s assistant before moving into management & buying for high end fashion and design brands such as Agent Provocateur, Vivienne Westwood and Tom Dixon.

Although he grew up with a passion for art, Jamie’s youth was lost in music. A singer and songwriter with various bands, this was to be his creative outlet for many years.

His first foray into print design came in the mid 1990’s – designing prints and hand silk-screen printing fabric and T-shirts for a small, independent fashion label.

He then worked in web design before picking up his brushes again to set up interior accessories design brand, Tooth & Claw, with Andrea in 2012.

After relocating from London to Brixham, South Devon in 2015, we decided to open a small lifestyle boutique, bringing some of the best niche design brands to the English Riviera. The boutique opened in July 2016.

Focusing on smaller, artisan brands, we work with new and interesting creatives, mostly based in the UK.

We are interested in the stories and the people behind the brands as well as the product. We want to support smaller brands who have good ethics. Our aim was to bring some interesting and stylish design and lifestyle brands to South Devon.

The boutique offers unisex t-shirts and fragrances, handmade skin and bodycare, men’s grooming, home fragrance, fashion accessories and  home decor accessories.

Maison et Vie also offers a selection of curated vintage and antique home accessories.

” I love mixing old and new. Finding an interesting piece with age and a previous life can really add character to a home” says Andrea.

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