Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Coulson Macleod - A Simple Little Love Story

A few weeks ago, I discovered Coulson Macleod, an art business making waves from Kettering, Northamptonshire. It’s the creation of Mark Coulson and Hannah Macleod, a couple who share a striking design aesthetic, radically positive ambition, and, most importantly, love.

I’ve bought several of their pieces, which are all hand-finished in limited editions. The works in the Love Collection are favorites of mine – bold typographic designs featuring declarations of feeling and famous romantic lines from classic movies. Other collections celebrate the pop culture of decades past, the icons of music history and the spirit of Cool Britannia – all topics close to the heart.

After I sent the team a note of encouragement, Hannah Macleod shared the company’s “simple little love story” with me. It’s also a story of smart, down-to-earth entrepreneurship. After falling in love, the couple began working together. Wanting new art for their home, but not able to afford high-end prices, they decided to design their own rather than deign to buy mass-produced prints, and thus Coulson Macleod was born.

Starting small in March 2009, Hannah and Mark didn’t have big dollars for promotion, but built their own website and showcased their designs online. The work spoke for itself, and with growing sales they could soon begin advertising in top interiors magazines. Now, Coulson Macleod fields orders from all over the world, and tracks the buzz on their blog. Brides-to-be have contacted them to ask if they can read out the quote from the “What Is Love?” piece at their wedding – a special request as this was written by Mark.

As Hannah described it to me, the company is “built on love and driven by passion”. The world needs more entrepreneurs like this. Here’s to spreading the Love.

Coulson Macleod – Love Makes The Ride Worthwhile


Coulson Macleod said...

Thanks Kevin for this fantastic piece on us - and on our first birthday too!

Kindest regards


Veerle van Wauwe said...

Thanks Kevin for sharing this. Lovely inspiration to drive our social innovation projects in artisanal mining. Love the mortar between souls, activating that could change our world, with little effort.... climate change, bioodiversity, sustainability, poverty.... Thanks

Elle Fagan said...


Love's powers! More, more!

I was blessed with just that with my late husband, and I can add to their message, that even death is not so tough or unbeatable, if the love is developed to be a fine life thing!

So CoulsonMacleod are definitely on the right track!

When he died suddenly and young, I was dissociated: "how he be dead and me alive? An illogic...". and it was hard for some time, till one day, friends were talking about the recession of the 80s and lost investments and suddenly I realized I'd better get over it with the grieving, somehow...the investment of heart and head and soul and time and work and love and success - the miracle that he and I had enjoyed with our work and our children all those years was being destroyed like a huge investment going down!

I thank God for that insight, because from that moment, I focused and turned around at my demons, did battle and won and was astounded at the perfectly intact powers for delight and happiness in each day that were still there, like "Max's supper" when he got back from 'where the wild things are'.

And new love and new work came back to my life and normal natural delight in the heart!

We may be modern, self-sufficient and Third-millennium, but the power of love is a real power and wins every time- through all times - even over death - if you give Love an entree and a little attention.

I will post "CoulsonMacleod" at my site friends page. Thank you so much for sharing this fine story!