Meet Bert Fowler of Bert & Buoy…

No Comments | November 29,2017 | by Site Administrator

So, now we know a little bit more about Bert & Buoy the brand from last weeks blog (see here if you missed it), it’s probably time to find out about the designer, Bert Fowler, himself! We grilled him to find out all those intresting facts about a person that we really want to know…


Tell us about yourself as a child…where did you grow up? What did you like as a child?

I grew up in the midlands, entirely land locked, but surrounded by the wilds of nature. My siblings and me were pretty feral and free as kids – the way it should be. We climbed every hill, fished in local rivers and ran about with our friends from dawn till dusk. I’m convinced this childhood freedom inspired our big imaginations – my older brother is a wonderful art director and my younger sister is a beautiful writer.


Did you always want to be a designer? Did you go to uni to do something arty?

My passion for interiors started young; my brother and me used to redesign our bedroom every other month, carefully selecting posters from magazines and shifting furniture around in various configurations. Much to my mother’s delight! Later at University in Leeds, I made art for the walls at my student digs and discovered a love for film and as strange as it might sound – specifically the opening titles, especially those made by my design icon, Saul Bass. Soon after leaving University, I set up a creative agency working as a designer and illustrator for festivals, music, museums, galleries, theatre and cinema across the UK. My work became recognised for modern twists on classic styles, bold compositions and distinctive illustration. This led me down a path to create my very own brand – Bert & Buoy.



What about now… where do live, who with and what sort of property?

After years up North, the love of a woman brought me to Devon. We got engaged in Dartmouth and the rest, as they say, is history. We live in South Devon with our two kids under 4. We’re currently renovating our seaside home – with a leaky roof, howling windows, no central heating, dodgy electrics, damp, crumbling walls and asbestos – it probably would have been easier to knock it down and start again, but a few years on and the end is near for our contemporary coastal retreat.


What do you like to do out of work?

Run free along the stunning South West coast. Weekends and holidays are packed full of foraging, walks and BBQs on the beach, collecting inspiring finds from local chandlers (rusty gold!) and hanging out at favourite haunts with family and friends in Torbay, Totnes and Dartmouth.


Tell us one thing that we didn’t know about you that’s pretty interesting…

I’m a bit obsessed by foraging for rusty gold at flea markets, chandlery stores and little independents tucked away in the depths of Devon. I collect everything from vintage shop letters and hand painted signs to mid-century chairs and textiles, to old fishing rope and buoys. I regularly come back with a boot full of treasure to add to my growing collection of curiosities.


If you’ve got any questions for Bert about Bert & Buoy, himself or the new ceramics range then let us know 🙂