Heart Vintage was launched in 2014 by founder and designer Lisa Rushton. Studying a degree in Surface Decoration & Printed Textiles at De Montfort University in Leicester, she concentrated on her interest in homeware. Later pursuing a career in graphic design for the fashion industry, Lisa fell in love with vintage way, before vintage and retro became the last word in decor. Being independent has made it necessary to scrimp, rummaging through car boots and charity shops forced Lisa to use her up-cycling, thrift and design skills. Getting inspiration from antique shops where the eclectic mix of styles and eras somehow co-ordinate.
She was always experimenting with crafty personalised gifts for friends and family, first trying out ceramic decals over ten years ago. Every wedding, birthday, birth and anniversary was opportunity to try something new. Then a few years ago a new bar opened in Leicester and placed an order so that Lisa’s work got in front of the public. At the same time vintage became fashionable and friends of friends of friends were placing orders with Lisa. She discovered what she wanted to do for real and Heart Vintage was launched.
“When we opened our new bar we were going for a homemade, vintage, eclectic style and Lisa’s work was perfect – everything she does is beautiful, new and quirky. Our customers love her stuff and it makes us look good so we just keep coming back for more. I also place an order with her for every occasion I can, my friends love my thoughtful gifts thanks to the talent of Heart Vintage”
Cassie Soulsby, The Exchange Bar Leicester.