Where it all began
Bonnie & Rose is the shaken not stirred brainchild of Stacey ‘Rose’ Elder. Having completed a BA fashion degree at Heriot Watt University in Galashiels, Stacey chased her dream and moved to London to cut her teeth in the rag trade. That move ended up splashing Stacey with 11 years experience as a Fashion Designer, crushing it in every way with sell-out designs for Jasper Conran, John Rocha, Next, St George by Duffer, Primark and F&F along the way. Never one to sit still though, conquering her fashion dreams paved way for a new ambition for Stacey; opening her own business. Around the same time this new dream was brewing (towards the end of 2015), the love of her life, Aaron Locke popped the question during a romantic picnic on a trip to Cape Town. The couple celebrated their engagement by importing a VW Camper Van from California (as you do), with the intention of using it to sustain their love of travel a little closer to home while they set about planning their nuptials. Trawling Pinterest and magazines for a quirky and vintage-inspired hen do of her own meant the business idea soon followed: Why not turn the Camper Van into a vintage-style cocktail bar? Not only for her own hen do but for others too. And why stop at hen dos? Why not add a dash of wedding receptions to the mix? Muddle in some birthday parties while we’re at it? To hell with it, let’s mix and pour some chilled giggle waters at an anniversary or two as well. You get the idea. That business idea had just landed. Now all it needed was a name. “Bonnie” is a Scottish slang word meaning pretty and since the Camper Van is just that, Stacey knew that had to be a part of it. Rose was coined with it through her love of the flower and there simply being nothing more gorgeous than a rose in bloom. Bonnie & Rose was officially born (and registered) in October 2016. Unsurprisingly, (when you meet her, you’ll see it coming in her style), Stacey’s foundations in fashion nurtured an interest in the glamour of bygone eras, especially the real ritzy 1920s, the roaring Rock ’n’ Roll of the 50s and of course those swinging 60s. For those of you who haven’t met her yet, Stacey’s Scottish and, like many of her cocktails, proud to be infused with ginger! Blend that style, her interests and her heritage with a ‘visited countries’ check-list that could rival Mike Spencer Brown’s (supposedly one of the world’s most travelled humans), and you’ll begin to get a feel for the mixologist magic that is Bonnie & Rose. The thirst for life, adventure and travel that Stacey and Bonnie & Rose both embody shimmers through their cocktail list, which just so happens to be designed as a drinkable journey through the decades. With influences taken from the most iconic movie stars and fashion figures of each decade, the cocktails and concepts underpinning Bonnie & Rose cater for all tastes in a super speakeasy style. Just pure fun, served straight up.