Karen opened her Inside Out Dress Agency on april 2016. She used to work in the city and also as a qualified personal style and image consultant she was selling clothes for her clients in London. When she arrived in Folkestone in 2014, she had a huge amount of stock, she then started in a small space at the Folkestone pop up shop in 2015 and then went onto a permanent basis on the Old High street.
Inside Out ? I think the whole concept of Inside Out and what it stands for is a unique way of connecting with my community and visitors to the area. I genuinely am interested in those I meet and I have made some quality friendships as a result of serving customers who enjoyed the whole experience and connection made on visiting the shop. I love to make people look and feel good, so for me it’s not just about making a sale but making someone happy from the inside out…we have a chat, coffee, fun whilst trying on new outfits, exploring new looks and sometimes even if there isn’t anything on that occasion that appeals to the customer the interaction between myself and the customer is always uplifting and i think that’s refreshing for me and my customers. For me it’s my social life and work in one.
Vintage fashion ? I think selling pre-loved and vintage clothing is a great way of recycling your unwanted/impulse buys or clothes you’ve outgrown or don’t want anymore and to get cash for clothes and accessories which have been cluttering up your home is win win.
What can we find? I sell more than vintage clothing, I have a range of new, pre-loved, designer clothing and vintage… in my view quality is key… I tend to source items which are unique, good quality and in very good condition at very affordable prices.
A hidden place in folkestone – The Harbour Arm (not enough people know it exists!! Live bands, eateries, and the lighthouse/champagne & music bar are amazing yet many customers who visit my shop were unaware it existed.
A personality of folkestone – Roger de Haan (never met him but apparently he is investing a lot in the area and his name is on everyone’s lips “the man”)
Best walk – Folkestone to Hythe along the sea front
Best bar – Cliff bar (great selection of wine, cocktails and prosecco), Kipps (for draft beers and ales)
Best restaurant – Follies (for pizza& salads), Rocksalt (for fish dishes, with stunning seaviews) & Blooms (good selection of food and wine)
Best fish and chips – Papas (for take away), Cliffe bar & restaurant (for eating in)
Best coffee shop – Steep Street
Best concert venue – Family
Best kids activity – Coastal Park
Best artist – Kevin Richards (gumboots, mampama etc)
Best gallery – Lilford Gallery
Best health and well being place – Hythe Imperial Hotel & Spa
62, Old High Street, Folkestone, Kent , CT20 1RN