Saint Aymes is named after and dedicated to the founders grandfather "papa" Eric Clarence Aymes, Sept 1929-Dec 2021
Saint Aymes is uniquely black owned female led and family run, created by sisters Lois and Michela Wilson. Just like their artist mother Deborah Aymes-Wilson who had their portrait in The National Portrait Gallery at the age of 15, the owners of Saint Aymes are artists and optimists who believe that the world is as beautiful as we make it. With that as a central focus the duo create products and services that transform the everyday into the spectacular.
With Bajan/Jamaican heritage, the sisters were born in London in the 90s. Growing up in the concrete jungle of the inner city, the two cite their Bajan grandparents home in Surrey as a beautiful interruption that expanded their minds and perception of the world. Saint Aymes is named after these grandparents, Eric and Thyra Aymes who having came to the UK in the 1950s from Barbados forged a life that was beautiful.
In 2005 the two moved to North America and completed studies in Ottawa, Canada before moving to Atlanta GA, New York, Toronto and then back to the UK.
Having always had a passion for the creative freedom of working for themselves in 2015 the two sisters decided to combine their efforts to forge a business together. Following a great deal of trial and error in 2016 they decided upon the medium of chocolates. Their strategy was to observe the greatest the industry had to offer, quality ingredients, and then add more- luxury packaging, a brand, 24 ct edible gold, unique design and a story. The result was edible art chocolates named after artistic greats that stood as monuments to the wonders of human creativity.The chocolates first debut was at the Saatchi Gallery for the Scoop International fashion show. Following this they became stocked in Selfridges Harvey Nichols and Fenwick. Following the chocolates the sisters opened the Saint Aymes cafe, which since has been featured on BBC, ITV, Time Out and has popped up in Japan.
As young female entrepreneurs the owners of Saint Aymes have broken through a glass ceiling in record time, from humble beginnings. Looking back, the journey was not always a straight forward path, but one filled with hard work, apparent set backs before eventual triumph. The sisters now seek to inspire others from similar demographics who seek to make their dreams their reality.
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award 2018
Mentorship with Sir Richard Branson
ITV I'll Give It A Year 2017
TEDx UAL Speakers
Virgin Media VOOM London Pitch Winners
Virgin Start Up Ambassadors
Saint Aymes Pop Up in Hankyu Japan