Mrs Benn originally started out by selling second hand and vintage kids clothes that were inspired by the clothes you remember wearing as a child. Those items that stick in your memory or are recognisable in the family photo album, or were perhaps kept in a bottom drawer by your mother.
The name itself was taken from the famous 1970s childrens' book and Tv programme Mr Benn by David McKee with his colourful, eclectic and imaginative illustrations.
Since then Mrs Benn has gone on to sell and source Midcentury furniture, unusual objects, art, ceramics and textiles for the home, heavily influenced by growing up in 1970/80s London in a house filled with furniture and modern art collected by her parents and especially her father Hugh Lee's somewhat obsessive, bold, weird and wonderful assemblages, paintings and sculptures which filled the house.
Mrs Benn has curated several pop-up events where she has collaborated with fellow artists, makers and designers in and around South London. For example a pop-up shop in East Dulwich where she invited the artists to make work in response to the items for sale in the Mrs Benn shop.
Sales can be made online from the website and instagram, and we also sell regularly at Midcentury Modern Dulwich College and Spitalfields market on Thursdays.
Hatty Lee from Mrs Benn has a MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and a BA Hons in Fine Art Textiles from Goldsmiths College. She has also taught Art and Photography for sixteen years.