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Our Ethos and Passion

Renate Beaumont opened Vanilla in 2000. Having been born and brought up in Austria where she studied graphic design, she moved to Oxford in her early 20’s and made it her home. Her background in design has had a direct influence on the development of her personal style and bold use of colour.


It was a desire to do something for herself that led to the creation of Vanilla, which started life as a small boutique in North Oxford. Over the years Vanilla has become the destination shop it is today, with an expansion of the premises in 2006 and the inclusion of lifestyle brands.


Renate has created a stylish boutique which reflects her passion for colour, her love of travelling and her innate sense of style in both fashion and interiors.

The Vanilla Team

Renate Beaumont

Studied Graphic Design
Worked within the Fashion Industry
Founded Vanilla in 2000
Interests include Travel, Art & Interiors

Jemma Chan

Studied Fashion Design
Worked for Tomas Swarzeski
Joined Vanilla in 2009
Interests include Fashion, Art & Travel

Viv Thomas

Studied Hotel Management
Worked in Catering and Floral Design
Joined Vanilla in 2011
Interests include Food, Floristry & Fashion


What the magazines say
InStyle Award for Best Boutique outside London

Vanilla has been recognised as a style leader over the years

Feature in Stella magazine

50 Best Boutiques outside London

Best Woman’s Boutique in Oxfordshire

Muddy Stiletto Award 2013

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