26 Mar A piece written about the shop,Hampshire Life
Another shop that tiptoes through the more emotional landscape of retail in Southsea has to be Creatiques, which sells couture wedding gowns and bridal accessories, and is run by Andrew and Rob Pearce just a bit further down Marmion Street. The clutch of national awards displayed on their shelves stands testament to their sensibilities and, stepping into the shop, which is bursting with billowing confections in white and cream silks and satins, sleek lines in cappuccino lace, and yet more studded with twinkling crystals, must be a joy to behold for the brides-to-be.
“We offer the personal service people crave these days,” says Rob. And they really mean that, for they will close the shop for every customer’s fittings, even up until the clock is nudging 8pm if need be.
“It’s very special,” says Rob. “It’s their big day and we take that to heart. We take a great pride in our work. Many of our customers become our friends, and we often get to help the rest of the family as well, customers’ sisters and nieces. We have even had brides leaving to get married from here,” says Andrew of the shop, which has a pretty garden at the back. “What other wedding shop could do that?”
It must all be paying off, though, for, besides the awards, like Topsy, Creatiques just keeps growing and, having moved to larger premises three times already, they are looking to upgrade again into a store just down the road.