Cornwall Living 2018

Fabulous clothes…

Colour, texture and something entirely unique – Essa in Porthleven.

Tucked away on the little main street up the hill in Porthleven is a real little treasure. On my first visit I was just delighted by the beautiful colours, from smoky muted shades to more vibrant reds, blues, greens and raspberries. The clothes here are just screaming out to be worn and touched. And there are handbags, scarves, gorgeous silver jewellery and other accessories to tempt you. Perfect to treat yourself or for unusual presents that are sure to please.

After I’ve had a good browse and, with quite a lot of difficulty, reduced the things I want to try on to a manageable six! Owner, Vanessa Stevens, was on hand to help and seeing my selection she disappeared into the stock room to bring out one more top for me to try. Unsurprisingly, it was perfect on me, and the one I bought! The other big surprise is the prices. There really is something to suit every pocket as well as every age and size (trust me I know!). Prices range from £5 to over £130 for something really special – but there are plenty of things in the normal mid-range and you are guaranteed to be getting something stylish and unique for your money.

I congratulated Vanessa on her choice of top for me. “I just love helping people to choose the right thing and maybe try something a bit different”, she told me. “This is a real family business, we travel all over the world, Thailand, India and Nepal, to choose our stock – something a little bit different. We buy Fair Trade whenever we can and are keen to increase our range of Fair Trade clothes. The fact that we hand-pick everything also means that we work directly with manufacturers to ensure we get the best products at the best prices.” She grinned at me, “And you’re not alone in being surprised at our prices, a lot of locals think we’ll be expensive but when they finally come in they are really happy to see how reasonably priced we are.” I think it’s also probably down to the beautifully dressed mannequins in the window that make people think this is a rather exclusive clothes shop.Exclusive it might be, but not expensive.

So if you are looking for something a bit different; a statement piece for this autumn and winter then head over to Essa Collection. Vanessa is sure to be able to help you.


5 Fore Street, Porthleven TR13 9HQ

01326 572236

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