Top Note Design is a family business founded in 2012 by cousins Lucy Goulding and Alice Dunhill.
Both Lucy and Alice have young families and raising small children has reinforced their love of wine – but seriously it gave them an opportunity to develop their palates. As their children have grown older they have begun to have a few moments to themselves. For Alice this meant returning to study at Camberwell College of Art alongside developing a successful local photography business.
Lucy began her career in the drinks business working first with Grand Met and then with Diageo. Top Note Design feels like a natural extension of this allowing her to explore creatively in a business setting.
Starting small, over the kitchen table, they designed a ‘capsule’ collection based on some of their favourite wines from Burgundy and the Rhone.
In 2014 Top Note Design created bespoke artwork for the inaugural Winchester Wine Festival. The Festival’s organisers, BBC wine experts Peter Richards and Susie Barrie explain “We loved working with Lucy at Top Note Design to put together some bespoke products for our Wine Festival. There’s a real sense of passion and knowledge behind what they do; it’s a very personal service and an excellent one too. We loved the products, as did our festival goers, and we use and enjoy them on a regular basis.”
They currently work from their South London studio and are in the process of developing new designs and adding to their range of accessories for Christmas 2018.