Interview with Heal’s

Heal’s has six stores located throughout the UK and an online store, selling a wide selection of furniture, homewares, accessories and gifts. We have been popping into our local Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road for years now and have always been impressed with the range of designer led products available. They have such a keen eye for design and are always encouraging independent creative sellers.

It is a pleasure to speak to Gillian Anderson (Trading Director at Heal’s) to find out a little more about this brilliant store.


 

You stock some stunning products at Heal’s. How do you go about sourcing these products?

We source from a wide variety of places. We travel to key trade shows such as Maison & Objét in Paris and the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, as well as the various array of new designer shows such as New Designers and 100% Design, and of course we have our existing supply base and we design a lot of our furniture in-house

Do you tend to stock the same designers or are you always on the scout for new talent?

We are always on the hunt for new design talent, especially if that talent is British. Every year we launch a new collection under our umbrella Heal’s Discovers, this is a great opportunity to showcase the best up-and-coming furniture and homeware designers.

Are designers open to approach you with their products? What process do they need to go through?

Of course, designers are always welcome to contact us. Contact details are on our website.

What is the most successful product ever sold by Heal’s?

Different products are successful at different times, but over the years one of our most successful ranges has been one that started out as part of Heal’s Discovers and that is the Louis range by John Reeves.

What is the future aims and ambitions for Heal’s?

We have been offering Design and Inspiration for over 200 years, and we hope to continue to do so for many more to come!

What sets Heal’s apart from other high street shops?

Heal’s offers a real choice of product with the aim of inspiring our customers, from furniture to gifts, from International brands to small new designers. No-one else offers the breadth of choice across as many categories with good design at the heart of everything.

If you were to give our readers some advice on getting their products noticed what would it be? 

To design something innovative and exciting, good design speaks for itself.

 Thank you!