Online design-led stationery boutique Bureau Direct has announced it is ceasing trading after 23 years in business.
Bureau Direct founders Dominic and Jo Irons announced their decision on 9 January in the final edition of their weekly newsletter, Stationery Wednesday.
Dominic wrote: “As of now we have ceased trading. Sadly the difficulties of surviving in these turbulent times has claimed another retail victim, one that will never hit the headlines or be discussed on Newsnight, but maybe should because so many similar stories will occur and affect so many people but never get heard.”
Partner Jo added: “It is hard to put into writing how it feels after 23 years to have to walk away from Bureau: It has been our life, after all. But, along with all the other retail casualties of recent times, we have been sunk by the uncertainty and the discounting that seems to stalk the high street - online is not immune either.
“We have tried so hard this year to hang on, hoping it would get better, but despite the support of so many of you it just got harder.”
Dominic and Jo Irons were touched by the hundreds of replies they received in response to their announcement and told newsletter subscribers that they have left the door open for possible future ventures, be that in stationery, retail or something entirely different.