Koast is one of the largest independent childrenswear stores in the UK, stocking European designer children’s clothing for boys and girls from newborn to age 16 years.
Children’s clothing and shoe brands include Ariana Dee, Billieblush, Billybandit, Catimini, IKKS, Molo, Mimpi, Mayoral, Emile et Rose, Joules Kids, Frugi, Hatley, Kite Clothing, O’Neill, Vans, Volcom, Animal, Startrite shoes.
Koast is truly a one-stop store, offering a fantastic selection of designer brands and affordable childrenswear brands under one roof.
The Koast Story
If you have a dream…I say follow it! It takes just a few seconds to change your life…just by saying yes and stepping forward to make a change.
The Koast story started when I was pregnant with my second child, Jaden. I had always wanted to set up my own business selling children’s clothes. My career had spanned 15 years in Marketing and E-Commerce across music retailing, radio and charities, but no clothing retail experience at all. What I had was a passion and drive to try something new and to make my business work. Four months into my pregnancy I decided this was the ideal time! No more corporate life and a chance to satisfy my ambition and to go for it… this was how Koast was started.
I found premises in Haslemere in Surrey, a large garage housing wedding cars. It was a huge space with no shop front and also down a side street… everyone thought I was mad…as if I didn’t have enough on my plate with a new baby! However, I had a vision to create something great, so I fitted a new shop front, created two departments 0-8 years and 9-16 years and filled the store with a fabulous selection of unique childrenswear brands and traded in Haslemere for 14 years.
The second part of the Koast story delves back to my own childhood. I remember building dens, spending hours outside in rural Yorkshire and decided I wanted my children to experience this too. My husband, Ciaran and I often went on holidays with the children to Devon and Cornwall and it was on one of these holidays that we made ANOTHER life changing decision… to make a lifestyle change and move to Devon. This was 5 years ago and I have never looked back. Living within fields of cows and sheep is heaven and it was a natural move for me to relocate my business to Devon too. We opened our new store in Okehampton, Devon just over a year ago and have brought a fabulous selection of brands to the South West, which has been so welcomed. From all this passion and determination, I can now look back after being in business over 15 years and can say working in children’s clothing retail was the best decision I ever made.
Koast is now not only one of the UK’s largest independent stores but now online too, selling our gorgeous brands all over the world. I firmly believe in offering a proactive, personal, one to one customer service both in store and online. It is something that we are praised on in-store and I would like to make sure this is carried online too! Some of the services we offer in-store include:
Try before you buy – We know that our lives are busy, juggling work with home life, so we set up a service which allows you to take stock home from the store to try on at home for up to 2 days. No more rushing, a chance to mix and match into your children’s wardrobe and if you like everything, simply call us and we will put the payment through for you, simple! This service is only available through the store.
Payment Plans – Love our clothing but could do with a bit more time to pay, don’t worry, we have a great service just for you! Our Payment Plans are available all year round and allows you to select the items you would like (before they sell out!). We will reserve them by for you, whilst you pay off the amount in smaller more affordable payments. This service provides up to 6-8 weeks for you to spread your costs. Pay as little or as much as you would like – once the goods are paid for, you can then take them home! Great service to make sure you don’t lose out on the items you want at the start of the Season and giving you the flexibility to spread the cost.
Pre-order – Allows you to pay a deposit on new season items, before they have come into stock. You can either order online or contact us by email or telephone and we will reserve pre-order items for you and contact you just as soon as it arrives into stock.
Buy online and collect in the Koast Store – If you live close to our Okehampton store, then this service could just be for you. You may be too busy to come into the store, but you desperately want to order an item, or you may just want to place an order online in the comfort of your own home and collect it later from the Koast store. You can now select this as a shipping option when you go to checkout and we will save your order for you to collect when it suits you!
Paying by Amex – We do accept Amex for phone orders and in our store. However, we do not accept Amex online.
Come and say hello
If you live locally to Okehampton or you are visiting Devon or Cornwall then please come in and say Hello, we look forward to seeing you at the Koast store soon.
Beverley Rafferty – Director, Koast Ltd