South West Upholstery purchased Bobbie Burns on 15th May 2013. We then spent four weeks refurbishing the building ready for the company’s re-
Bobbie Burns has traded in Bristol since 1929 and is a household name specialising in furniture upholstery and restoration. In 1929 the company was owned by the original “Bobbie Burns” who was a Victorian gentleman always dressed to impress in waistcoat, top hat and cravat. His shop specialist in selling curtains, carpets, upholstered furniture and offered a polishing service for wooden surfaces. In this era the company would offer its services to wealthy clients. Bobbie Burns would be found working late in the office or in a local pub enjoying a large whiskey to round the day off – a true gentleman of his time.
In the early 1960s Mr Victor Harris & Mrs Elvin Harris purchased the “Bobbie Burns” name from Mr Bobbie Burns and expanded the company to offer further services such as curtains, carpets, upholstered furniture, polishing for wooden surfaces and upholstery for pubs and restaurants. They traded successfully for many years and prided themselves on quality and service.
Today “Bobbie Burns” operates under the trusted South West Upholstery name offering a unique furniture collection called “The Bobbie Burns Collection” vintage furniture, from classic mid-century design to unusual one-off pieces upholstered in bespoke fabrics and leathers. We are extremely proud to be keeping the history of “Bobbie Burns” alive within Bristol.