The Gallery …at Cobblestone Walk is part of something larger and more important than just being a physical (and now virtual) shop – it helps to fund Helping Elsewhere, our charitable arm, with its Indian and Nepalese educational and development projects.
The Gallery is owned and run by Helen Hitchcock and Tracey Eaton, both Indiaphiles of the first order. If we’re not in the shadow of the West Sussex Downs, then we’re in India! But the Steyning, and now Lewes, shops and this site just keep on running…
The physical shop is situated in Cobblestone Walk, 74 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3RD so, please, if you are in the area please pop in and see us. There are more details and a map on our contact page. Alternatively, our online shop is, well, here!
And now, if you are in the Lewes area, you can find our second physical shop in The Needlemakers, West Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2NZ.
Well, Helping Elsewhere has been running since 2007 and we opened our first shop in Cobblestone Walk in 2012. Since then we’ve moved this shop around to bigger and better units, and now our new home is in a prime position in the Courtyard area just by the Tea Shop.
2015 saw our second shop opening in The Needlemakers – rather than medieval quirky, think interesting Victoriana – but with the same range and ethos. And, already, it has outgrown its original home and, when you come looking for us, is now upstairs in a bigger and more prominent position, just down from the café.
We sell clothing, jewellery, homewares and gifts sourced from India, Nepal and around, and we aim to be as ethical as we can be!
That means travelling to Jaipur (such hardship!) to visit our clothing factories, knowing our jeweller and his family (definitely never a hardship!) in Goa and being introduced to marvellous organisations like the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan (showing us what overcoming hardship really means!).
We even get to go to Kathmandu to visit our three family-owned businesses there (and we are helping them pick their lives up after the recent earthquake).
We’ve just launched our own label – Sakala – so watch out for it, at first in our own shops but soon… who knows?