Described by award winning journalist India Knight as 'the ultimate boutique', Collen and Clare brings effortlessly chic collections to our three locations in the East of England. Offering an exclusive range of Womenswear, Menswear and Beauty, our flag ship store in Southwold has been a essential part of the high street for over 15 years. Gaining a cult status with loyal customers visiting from around the UK for it's curated edits of niche and big name designers including S'Max Mara and Barbour. After expanding in 2013 with two new stores in Burnham Market and Aldeburgh, we launched collenandclare.com and now bring our unique mixture of Menswear, Womenswear, Beauty and excellent customer service to our customers around the world
Steve’s award winning career has seen him specialise in Retail Food and Fashion Marketing for some of the country’s best known brands. In a career spanning almost 4 decades Steve has held senior marketing roles at Bejam, Asda, Debenhams, Burton Group, Booker and Arcadia, leading to his main Board role with Marks & Spencer from 2004.
Steve’s “Greatest Hits” include: “Your M&S” – food advertising dubbed “Food Porn” by the media and featuring the now infamous exploding chocolate pudding. Steve introduced Twiggy as the face of M&S, directing the resulting commercials which played a central role in reviving M&S's fortunes.
Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, The Marketing Society and The Royal Society of Arts. He is Chairman of Imagineer London, Imagineer Events, Collen & Clare and Senior Non-Executive Director of Adnams and The Government Communications Board. He is also a trustee of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
Vanessa is Suffolk born and bred, growing up on a farm minutes from Southwold. With a degree in Management Science from Loughborough University she was drawn to the bright lights and big city of London for an early career with US investment bank JP Morgan.
After a decade of travel, working in New York and Europe, the big skies of Suffolk beckoned and a childhood dream to open a clothes shop in Southwold became a reality. Today she is Managing Director of Collen & Clare.
“The ethos of Collen & Clare remains the same today as it did on opening - to offer an edited selection of great clothes in an environment that is utterly relaxed. The people who work with us all have amazing stories to tell and heading up the team is the biggest privilege as we continue to grow and hunt for the next great brand.”
A Yorkshire gal with a fashion degree from Trent Polytechnic, Morgan moved to London to work at the BBC as a costume assistant before moving to the big screen.
Here she worked alongside some of the biggest names in the business in her 20 years as a costume assistant and designer, fitting out the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Russell Crowe, Kenneth Branagh, Donald Sutherland and Tom Hollander to name but a few.
After working on location around the world, from the UK to the US and Kazakhstan, she moved to Suffolk and in 2009 she joined Collen & Clare. She now shares responsibility for the buying with Vanessa and oversees the merchandising of all stores as Head of Retail and in her own words she “buys and sells a lot of clothes”.
Morgan not only has an amazing eye but remembers every item a customer buys and enables them to build brilliantly working wardrobes season after season.