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Paul Newell Sails is a small sail loft making sails and an exclusive collection of sailcloth bespoke bags and products that are contemporary, inspired and intelligently designed.
They strongly believe that bags should be comfortable, functional and have a simplicity of design. All of their bags are designed and sewn by themselves at the sail loft overlooking the harbour in Bembridge, on the Isle of Wight. UK.
Paul has been a Sailmaker since 1971 when he started his apprenticeship with Ratsey and Lapthorn in Cowes.
He lived with his family who were boatbuilders in Seaview on the island.
He has sailed all his life and in 1977 he completed in the 2nd Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race on Condor. He completed all the legs of this race as sailmaker with his skipper Sir Robin Knox Johnson.
With the skills acquired over 40 years in the sailmaking trade, he and his wife Vanessa, an accomplished artist & designer, launched this new exclusive range of unique products reflecting our maritime traditions.
Vanessa acquired a BA Hons in Ceramics and an MA in Industrial Ceramics.
She worked as a designer for Lennox China in America and as a senior pattern designer for Queensberry Hunt in London.
Vanessa designs the kitbags and products that are made from new sailcloth or recycled sails, whose day on the race circuit has ended. Her artwork is also available.
The sailcloth ranges include personalised bespoke sailing kit bags & holdalls, sports bags, crew bags, duffle bags, wash bags and other products for the home and beach. They are ideal for weekends away, sports events, adventures, sailing into the blue, and travelling to far away places.
The wide range of personalised bags are extremely popular with boys and girls of all ages!