Childrensalon was started in 1952 by Sybil Harriman and her French jazz pianist husband Rene, with a single shop in Tunbridge Wells selling handmade children’s clothes. It is now headed by the founders’ daughter, Michele Harriman-Smith, 61, and her husband George Smith, 65. The pair started selling online in 1999, which proved a turning point for the business, enabling it to reach overseas customers. Last year, the business generated 70% of its £13.2m sales abroad, in markets such as the Middle East, Russia and America. The company stocks products from more than 250 suppliers, and its brands include Dior, Gucci and Burberry.
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