Co-creator of online store Sorry Thanks I Love You, Caroline Ball, greets me with a smile and a piece of Liefje chocolate. She tells the story of how the handcrafted, vegan, gluten-free chocolate came to be – a friend helping a friend to enjoy the sweet treat again after being diagnosed with several food allergies. “And it doesn’t even taste like it is good for you,” she beams.
Everything sold by Sorry Thanks I Love You has a story. A tailored online store (that occasionally dabbles in pop-ups in Melbourne and Sydney), it is more like shopping for gifts in a curated gallery space than a regular shop.
The products are hand-selected by founders Ball, Matt Gurry and Ant White, and have been sourced from Australia and all over the world.
For the month of May only, Sorry Thanks I Love You has popped-up in Pran Central, off Chapel Street, just in time for Mother’s Day. Perfect for the mum who has everything (or just won’t tell you what she wants), the store offers a range of classic and unusual gifts. There is designer jewellery by Löblé, traditional Japanese wrapping cloth from Link Collective and tableware by Finnish designer Marimekko – which has just released a 50th anniversary revival edition of the original Unikko print. There is also a range of The Seventh Duchess loose-leaf teas which use ingredients sourced from all over Australia.
It’s not just mums who will love these little luxuries. With handcrafted Graybear reindeer antler knives (Ball promises that the antlers fall off naturally), Nant single malt Tasmanian whisky, and cufflinks made from the parts of antique Russian watches, there’s certainly an emphasis on special things. “Things that take time to make are that much more unique,” says Ball.
What’s Ball’s favourite item? “It would be like choosing a favourite child,” she hesitates. But she pulls out the leather apron from local designer Wootten. “It’s probably too lovely to wear anywhere other than a leather apron party though,” she jokes.