We love our clients. And we want to tell the world about some of the truly special businesses we get to work with.

It was lovely spending an hour speaking with Helen Davies, a creative fashion designer and founder of eco fashion brand,  Earth Kind Originals known as EKO. Helen shared her story of how she moved from London back to rural Cornwall to set up a business, whilst enjoying a relaxing pace of life, surrounded by the stunning coastline of St Just.

 

Where it all began

Helen started her career working as a commercial fashion designer for a very well known mother and baby clothing company in London. Whilst working in London Helen got to develop her skills, travel, and work closely with her boss who she greatly admired, and describes as an inspirational lady.

 

 

 

From the City to the Coast

With the wear and tear of London life getting to her, Helen had a dilemma. She wanted to work in Fashion, but she also wanted to live by the sea.

So, can you be successful in business and  live in a rural and beautiful setting? Well, Helen followed her heart and is living proof that it can be done.

Since living in Cornwall as a teenager, Helen found that on her return, things had changed. Dramatically. She was noticing some real and dynamic businesses emerging in Cornwall.

 

Inspiration

The heart of the business comes from Helen’s vision of creating an ethical sustainable brand.

Helen talks about how the designs for EKO are inspired by the beautiful Cornish coast of St Just. Particularly the wild hedgerow and lavender. You can see this inspiration in the colours of her designs.

EKO’s designs are also inspired by artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth, who’s work can be found at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives.

 

How we met

Helen started working with the Peloton this year, after hearing about us through a creative business workshop.

“It’s nice to find a dynamic accountant with a welcoming office, who are so different to your usual corporate firm. And impressive Xero knowledge”

Helen is really enjoying using Xero and is impressed with its automatic bank feed, and how it integrates with apps to manage her online sales and stock levels.

We love clients that get excited about using technology, especially if it means we can show them things that will save them heaps of time, to concentrate on the things they love doing the most; running their business.

 

Business Now

Business is going well for Helen and EKO has grown in its 7 years of life. From starting in her parents garage whilst still commuting to London as a freelance designer three times a week. To working from her own place, full time, and building a range of seasonal designs. Including tote bags, yoga wear, and eco towels.

EKO also work with local businesses, and Helen has designed ethical and sustainable aprons for Baker Tom’s Bread and uniforms for The Scarlett Hotel.

 

 

 

You can see Earth Kind Originals new collection of ethical clothing on their website or here: EKO Spring Summer’18 Look Book