After eight years running mygorgeouscards.com Fiona Bell-Currie sold the business in May 2019 to one of her loyal customers at Herne Hill Market - Clifford German.
A keen geographer and mad about maps, Clifford has an MA from Cambridge and a doctorate in Historical Geography from University College, London, and briefly taught geography at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Wayne State University in Detroit.
He then spent most of his working life as a journalist, writing about money, business and the economy for a variety of national newspapers including the Financial Times, the Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Scotsman, where he was City Editor for seven years and lastly the Personal Finance Editor of the Independent.
But he never lost his interest in geography, travel, and especially old maps. He was instantly attracted by Fiona Bell-Currie’s imaginative and artistic business selling cards and tea towels detailing local Ordnance Survey (and older) street maps of more than 50 areas across South London, in such detail individual houses could be recognised.
Clifford was a regular customer as her range of towels extended in both time and space and very sorry when Fiona said she planned to move from London to Chichester to devote her time to painting. He was determined the business would not disappear. Taking it over was the logical result.
My Gorgeous Cards & Gifts will continue to trade, develop and grow.