Having worked at The Merchant’s House Shop in Marlborough for the last six years, Shop Manager Annabel Czyba is leaving at Christmas to concentrate on another House. Anyone who knows Annabel will tell you how stylish and effortlessly elegant she is, so it is no surprise to learn that from the New Year Annabel will be focusing on her role as an Image Consultant and Personal Stylist for House of Colour.
“For the last six years I have worked at The Merchant’s House as Shop Manager, and also run my House of Colour business. I have loved managing the shop, but it has got to the stage where I needed to choose between that and House of Colour.”
The Merchant’s House Shop is a lovely gift shop, with a fabulous range of gifts for all the family. It really comes into its own at this time of year with the opening of the Christmas Room in the panelled room upstairs. “We set up the room for the beginning of November, and then we are open 7 days a week until Christmas” explains Annabel “It takes us a good four days to set up the room, but once it’s done it looks magnificent. We try to ensure that you’ll find something different to elsewhere in the town, with a good choice for everyone, including men (who are notoriously difficult to buy for).
I’ve met so many lovely people, there is a fantastic group of volunteers, and I will miss working with my colleagues – we have made an excellent team. It’s good to be leaving at Christmas, as I will feel I am going out on a high!”
Being able to focus on House of Colour full time will give Annabel a lot more flexibility. “I will have chance to get out and meet people more, to show them how House of Colour can help them.” For those who aren’t familiar, the usual entry point to House of Colour is Colour Analysis, where using drapes of colour a consultant identifies which colours work with your skin tone and hair to bring out the best in you.
“I first became interested in House of Colour when I met a friend I hadn’t seen for some time, and she looked completely transformed. She said it had changed her life, and was going to train as a consultant and suggested I did too. I was intrigued, and went off to have my colours done. My background firstly as a model in the late 70s early 80s, and then as a teacher at the London School of Fashion meant I was well suited to the role. After having my colours analysed, I decided House of Colour was for me.
“I have always found it really rewarding helping people make the best of themselves. Often, having their colours done not only makes people look good, but it boosts their confidence, which can often spill over into other areas of their lives. I know when I first had mine done I was at a bit of a low ebb, and the class really did restore my confidence and verve.
“As well as having your colours done, I can help people revitalise their wardrobe with the right styles for them, wearing the right shapes and styles for your body is the partner to having the right colours. Older readers may remember “What not to Wear” or Gok Wan’s “How to look good naked” – essentially, I do the same thing for my clients. It’s not about having a huge range of clothes – it’s about having the right ones When everything in your wardrobe works with everything else – life becomes so much easier!”
If you are interested in finding out more about House of Colour you can contact Annabel at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01793 814276. Or click here to visit her House of Colour Website