Laura Ashley, one of the world’s most beloved fashion and home furnishings brands came from humble beginnings. In the autumn of 1953 in London England, twenty-eight year-old Laura Ashley had just been to the handiworks exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum and she was feeling inspired. She’d seen a display of intricate patchworks and made up her mind to have a go at her own. Investing £10 in wood for a screen, dyes and some linen fabric, Laura along with her husband Bernard, began printing at the kitchen table of their tiny flat. Their first attempts included small squares in geometric patterns followed by headscarves — a trend among young girls sparked by Audrey Hepburn in the film Roman Holiday. Today Laura Ashley offers a full range of products including women’s fashion and accessories, children’s apparel and a wide variety of home furnishings and accessories including bed linen, wallpaper, lighting and ready made curtains.