About Us

Origin

John & Katia, formerly an accountant and an aeronautical engineer, have always travelled with their work. However, they found themselves flabbergasted by the contrast between the increasingly uniform and disposable offerings of the high street, and the timeless and cherishable treasures that are still made in every corner of the world.

Exquisite crafts dating back centuries, as well as skills and arts that were developed to titillate Tsars and Maharajas, are still practised but are almost invisible amongst the "mass-produced".

So, excited and a little scared, they resolved to bring back some of these treasures and make them available to others.

Starting with places that they had previously visited, but this time straying further off the beaten track, they carefully selected the beautiful, the rare and the fascinating and brought them home. And so Drift was launched!

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Nowadays

Drift now occupies a pretty shop in the lovely harbour town of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.

Each year the shop stays open until Christmas and then, shortly thereafter, both are closed whilst John and Katia head off to new places to find different treasures and also to re-visit previous sources.

[Go to the news section to find out where they've been this time!]

So far their expeditions have brought back such things as hand-woven Lao silks, gorgeous gold-decorated Burmese lacquer, Armenian pottery, exquisite Russian shawls, refurbished vintage chests from Rajastan, glasses made on the Gaza strip, fabulous jewellery from designers around the world and even 5million+ year-old fossilised tree logs. Although they find exotic and unusual items, because they buy everything at its source, each is surprisingly affordable.

Having found these treasures, John and Katia ship them back to the UK and, traditionally, re-open the shop on April Fool's Day each year.

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Ethics

Drift's intention is to display the wonderful individuality and skills that exist around the world and to demonstrate that quality surpasses brand.

To verify the provenance of each item, its production and the materials used, they source directly and in person with the artist, craftsman or family enterprise who created it.

Drift's goal is to find and bring back the extraordinary.