Very early days, but rise in Twitter traffic and followers is incredible. Hope to use SBS Winner status to promote our business to a much wider audience. We are looking forward to meeting Theo!
Based in Bristol, the concept for Urbane Traveller was conceived in the Autumn of 2012.
Urbane Traveller was founded by Claire and Richard Barrell. We are two experienced business consultants who loved to travel so much that when we got married we decided to go on a twelve month round the world honeymoon.
The idea for Urbane Traveller was borne out of a certain amount of frustration because we could not find what we considered to be ‘stylish’ travel clothing and accessories for our trip.
We found all too often the technical travel clothing was not as ‘stylish’ as we hoped and travel accessories did not work as well as they were supposed to (or were not as essential as we first thought).
As a result, Urbane Traveller was established in 2013 from our desire for style, performance and comfort whilst travelling. We believe that design and function are not mutually exclusive and are of equal importance to the modern-day traveller.
The Urbane Traveller mission is to source beautifully made & stylish accessories and fashionable travel clothing from like-minded brands who share the same ethos, bringing these products together under a premium and stylish online emporium. We spend the time finding these beautiful and essential products so you can spend more time enjoying your trip.
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