About the designer
Hello! I'm Claire Walker, an artist and crafter living in Cape Town, South Africa.
Younghearts was born of my fascination with old books, my love of colour, and my nostalgia for the innocence and wonder of childhood. I wanted to share the beauty that I found within the dusty, discarded books, bits and bobs I had collected, and so, using re-purposed materials, I began making garlands and mobiles for children - little treasures for little people.
Since I opened my shop, my range has grown, and now includes the hot air balloon range I designed in 2012, and the butterfly mobiles I designed in 2013. My work is continually evolving, and I have some very exciting projects under way.
As Younghearts grows so does the team of women who are helping me with my work: it gives me a great sense of pride that my business is able to help support the livelihood of these women. Eventually I hope to expand my team of enthusiastic and passionate people so that I can focus on designing more unique, whimsical goodies - expressing some of the magic that flies around my head. My aim is to, in my own small way, stimulate and nurture young hearts.
Everything in my shop is hand-made with great care and attention to detail. I am passionate about developing my brand, down to the last detail: that means that I will not compromise on quality (from production, delivery, to after sales service), so you can rest assured that any item you purchase from my shop will be carefully crafted, beautifully packaged, and well worth the price tag.
So, if for whatever reason you are not entirely happy with your purchase please contact me directly, and I will do everything in my power to make your experience with my shop a positive one.
I also have an Etsy shop that sells delightful vintage prints, and I create mixed media works from vintage books.
With every purchase you are helping me to provide for my two young daughters, and to demonstrate to them that yes, you can spend your life doing what you love. I appreciate that more than I could ever express – thank you!
For domestic orders, all parcels go via overnight courier.
International orders are sent via a very reliable service that goes from South Africa into the Royal Mail. Unfortunately this service offers no tracking number, but it is very reliable, and takes around 3-4 weeks to arrive.
Everything in my shop is made to order, so I have a turnaround time of up to 14 days (though it is usually much quicker than this). If the transaction takes place over a weekend, this time is counted from Monday morning.
You can rest assured that I always do my very best to get your order made up as soon as possible. If you are in a rush for an item, you can let me know and I'll try to get it done sooner.
International buyers please note that items may be subject to import duties which are levied once the package reaches your country.
If you are not happy with the things you bought, you can return them to me. If they are still in sellable condition, I'll give you a refund on your purchase and initial shipping costs. You will however have to cover the return shipping costs yourself.
If an order doesn't arrive within 30 working days of sending, I will re-send a replacement order at my expense, but can only do this once.