Formed in 2008, the idea for Vintage Playing Cards came about when we found a beautiful art deco pack of playing cards which had a few cards missing. Now useless as a game, the cards were too beautiful to throw away so we up-cycled them into greeting cards.
Vintage Playing Cards now specialises in greeting cards, frames and gifts made, and inspired, from original vintage games.
Stylish, retro and unique – each Vintage Playing Card piece is a true original which is a fabulous addition to any style conscious home.
Vintage Playing Cards has grown from a small cottage business to supplying renowned shops such as Selfridges, Liberty, Oliver Bonas and Fortnum & Mason.
Run by Tracy Kemp, the team are based in a small studio in Suffolk, where most of our products are handmade.
Why and when did you decide to start your business?
I was working in Marketing for a big corporate company and was getting disillusioned with the office politics and being tied to a desk so started making cards as a hobby and it all catapulted from there!
Where do you seek inspiration from for your product range?
I visit a lot of markets and second hand shops and looked into up-cycling and reusing old products that were now rendered worthless in their original form.
What are your greatest achievements to date?
It was a landmark moment when we were listed in both Selfridges and Liberty as these are shops that I have always admired!
Who inspires you?
The team I work with are constantly inspirational and always put in the extra mile.
What is important to you in business?
Its important for me to work with people I admire and like, and to be constantly innovating.
What do you enjoy most about your business?
Every day is different. Obviously, there is still some desk work but from day to day I could be exploring new product ideas, meeting customers and suppliers or visiting markets for inspiration.
What has been your biggest endorsement to date you have received for your product/s
We have had quite a few celebrity endorsements but listings in stores and websites I admire give great satisfaction!
Why did you choose to list your products on oodlique?
Oodlique is a unique brand which is carefully curated, so it was an honour to be chosen to feature.
What has your experience been like working with oodlique?
Oodlique have been thoroughly professional and very helpful throughout the listing process.
What does the future hold for your business?
We are moving more and more into an online world, and we have been focusing on social media, particularly Instagram to ensure our products are being seen by the right audience.