Our Story

James Lear of Arundel would like to welcome you to our first shop located in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. Est 2012.


Inspired by an extended traditional land-working Sussex family over many generations…. The name James Lear of Arundel comes from Harriette’s Grandfather, (Polly’s great grandfather ). James Lear left the family’s ironworks in Toringtong Arundel along with their Ironmongers shop in Arundel high street to open a farm contracting business in nearby Barnham. He took with him a traction engine & threshing machine….. alongside his business he was a skilled cabinet maker & upholsterer, this originally influenced our wish to stock goods made by local artisans with the sense of rural & British tradition. In the past few years we’ve altered our ways in order to stock menswear & accessories due to there being such a demand in the town & generally on the high street. 


After spending years living abroad as a family, we have been inspired by many items we have seen or accumulated along the way & made us proud of our British- heritage. Therefore a large part of our range is Made in England, many by local artisans some from the Continent & other places we have visited.


We are passionate about offering a personal, quality & alternative shopping experience. Having been in retail for many years & having the shop for over 6 years we have learnt what our customers expect from us & really hope that we can continue to offer you those services with our new & improved website. 

Over the last few years we have found that "Grooms to be" have taken a great interest in finding alternative outfits for their special day. We are thrilled to be able to offer them a wide range of clothing to suit those needs, from tweed jackets, liberty print pocket squares & ties, large range of bow ties to brightly coloured socks & cufflinks....

We attend a few specific wedding fairs throughout the year in the surrounding areas to us here in Gloucestershire, including Bristol, Cheltenham & Bath or we are happy to open earlier/later so you can have your own private time to come & try on outfits at your own leisure- Must be arranged by prior appointment, please send us a message to- emailus@jamesleararundel.co.uk or phone us on 01453835941. If you are unable to come into the shop we are more then happy to email you photos, ideas.... where possible.Do take a look at our Instagram account to see previous wedding outfits we've put together - www.instagram.com/jameslearofarundel


More products on offer-
Menswear- traditional & quirky clothing from waistcoats, shirts, tweed jackets, locally designed & screen printed t-shirts to bamboo socks, oddball boxers


Accessories- hankies, tweed/wool flat caps & 8 piece ‘peaky blinders’ caps, cravats, ties, bow ties, braces, wallets, leather luggage. 

Hand thrown terracotta pottery from Bristol. Jugs, best selling nibbles bowl set, salad/fruit bowl 

Aromatherapy for him & her, handmade in the north Cotswolds by a clinical aromatherapist. Hand soap, facial cream, bubble bath, body lotions….

Afghan rugs, runners, cushions


Scented candles in a variety of pots & sizes from the South West.


Hand woven baskets from Africa.


Selected variety of occasion cards.

Please 'like' our page on www.facebook.com/jameslearofarundel & keep an eye out for photos of our latest products. 

Shop opening times-
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm
(NOT including Bank Holiday Mondays) 



01453 835941

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