Opened in 2013 by Carole Elsworth, No.56 houses a very personal selection of products for home and living, which are both beautiful and useful.
Based on the historic Chapel Street in Penzance, Cornwall, the store is a beautifully light and airy space, perfectly suited to the No.56 style.
With Carole’s training and background in mens and womenswear design, No.56 reflects a lifelong love of natural materials and simple designs, beautifully done. Whether handcrafted or not, the pieces are all made with care and attention to detail; each piece is well designed to suit its purpose. Products are not chosen by price or brand, but simply by answering the question - does it make our hearts sing?
Carole utilises her skills as a Designer-Maker to produce her own range of clothing under the Handworked label, which is sold exclusively at No.56. Alongside this range, is the work of some of our favourite independent makers and businesses such as Honest Skincare, Rebecca Proctor ceramics, Falcon Enamelware, J. Herbin, Fog Linen Work, Iris Hantverk, Kaweco and Weald Handmade. So, you may find an index finger shaped nib sitting alongside a beautiful hand thrown bowl, a gorgeously soft organic cotton throw next to a pure beeswax candle.
This online selection of wares gives a glimpse into the Chapel Street store for those not able to visit. We hope you will find some of our choices as appealing as we do and if you are ever in Penzance, please do call in and say hello - we can tell you all about our latest favourite finds...