Tucked away amongst the cobbles of the Exeter Cathedral, Orvis is the city centre’s clothing store which is jam-packed with items fit for adventure – including a fantastic Barbour outlet.
Established by Charles Orvis over 125 years ago, Orvis sought to endorse a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors. We visited owner Paulette at the Exeter store to discover how her delightful shop still prospers today with the same founding ethos.
With beautiful countryside at our fingertips like the moors and beaches, it’s so important to explore and utilise Devon’s incredible surroundings.
When asked why Paulette was drawn to Orvis specifically, she told us:
“It’s great to be an ambassador for an organisation which encourages this adventurous and important aspect of life for everyone, inclusively. Sadly, it seems that we live in a society where people are increasingly staying indoors where they’re stuck to a screen. Our message is to get outdoors, find a new hobby and ultimately enjoy life.”
People might think that Orvis is solely for fishing, (“a stuffy sport for middle-aged men in tweeds!”) but in reality there is so much more on offer, and so much more to fishing than this archaic stereotype. As well as maintaining a devotion to tradition, Orvis has essential contemporary values. The store’s aim is to endorse fishing as a fun activity for the whole family and it offers clothing to cater for this with outdoor gear for men and women alike.
The Exeter store features a particularly impressive womenswear collection. Spot Barbour classics like wax jackets, country hats and woolly scarves to name a few.
Exeter’s Orvis has always been on the Cathedral Green, its current home a beautiful listed building. It seems this quaint location and characterful building is a perfect fit for the much-loved store and it’s certainly the spot where both Orvis and Paulette both intend to stay.
Pop into Orvis to chat with the friendly and knowledgeable team and browse the selection of timeless clothing, fishing equipment, plus a selection of items for your canine friends too.
Charles Orvis, 1883:
“More than half the intense enjoyment of fly fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings, the satisfaction, felt from being in the open air, the new lease of life thereby secured, and the many, many pleasant recollections of all one has seen, heard, and done”