Meet our latest independent retailers!

The latest additions to our growing collection of independent retailers comes from high-end children’s clothing brand – Balou, and one of the UK’s most innovative artists, Louis Sidoli, as he launches his newest venture in Bell Court – White Light Gallery.

Founded by Banayioda Theodorou earlier this year, Balou will offer the kids of Stratford a sophisticated prepster, meets urban edge style – all constructed with the finest materials. Available for kids aged 0-12, Balou offers high-quality products that are easy to wear and durable.

Alongside Balou, renowned artist Louis Sidoli will be returning to his home town of Stratford to launch his latest venture, White Light Gallery. Having started his career selling street art in Stratford 15 years ago, Louis’ talent has seen him work with some of the country’s most prolific art galleries including; Castle Galleries and Halcyon Gallery in London. His memorable ‘Most Wanted” series of famous and infamous mugshot artworks which launched in 2008, became a best-selling published print edition and introduced his work to a much wider audience worldwide via the internet, spawning numerous websites dedicated to the subject.

Banayioda Theodorou comments: “I can’t wait to introduce Balou to Stratford! I feel there is definitely a strong audience for high-quality kids’ clothes in the town, and we’ve had great feedback so far on social media. As a mother myself, I know how important it is to find good quality, durable clothes for our children – and of course it’s even better when they are stylish too! Bell Court is the perfect place to officially launch my brand as the development has a central location and always been very supportive of independents, so I’m looking forward to starting my new business there.”

Louis adds: “Having worked for and with many galleries over the years, finding the right location is essential when selling art. I grew up in Stratford so understand the market place here and I definitely feel people in Stratford are very supportive of independent businesses. White Light Gallery aims to deliver unique contemporary art exhibitions of both my own work and select renowned artists. Bell Court is perfectly placed to be accessible to both local and international visitors and will be an exciting new addition to Stratford’s retail and cultural scene.”

Toby Saggers, Asset Manager at Blue Coast Capital, the owners of Bell Court, adds: “We’re extremely pleased to announce the arrival of children’s clothing brand Balou along with Louis Sidoli and White Light Gallery. Both offerings, opening soon, will be fantastic additions to Bell Court and Stratford.

“The arrival of Balou and White Light Gallery highlights our continued commitment to providing ideal spaces for a range of independent retailers within the town. We look forward to welcoming them both soon.”