Bagshaws St Lucia was started in 1960 by Mr. Sydney Bagshaw, an American who chose St Lucia as his retirement home. He had been an art editor with Reader’s Digest Magazine, and at first his silk screening was merely a hobby. But with the assistance of his wife and family his past time blossomed into a thriving business, inspired by the color and beauty of St Lucia.
The business is now run by his daughter, Alice Bagshaw. I've spent some time around her and she is a wonderful person to be around. You may also have the opportunity to meet her on one of your tours to the studio or the fort. It is normally said that seeing in believing so you don’t have to take my word for it.
I’m sure when you visit you will soon realize the reason why Bagshaw prints were ordered by the Queen of England (Queen Elizabeth II) and why outfits were ordered for the sons of Charles, the Prince of Wales.
There are shorts and shirts for men as well as skirts, dresses sarongs and pareos for women, all of which are produced in vibrant tropical designs and colors.
At the Bagshaws complex in La Toc you have the opportunity to see the screen printing process as well as purchase some of the wonderful gifts, household items and clothing.
The La Toc studio is situated in a lush bay overlooking the Caribbean Sea in a setting of palm and bamboo trees and tropical flowers and is featured on many of the tours offered to cruise ship passengers. If you plan on visiting St Lucia by cruise, you will most probably be taken on a tour to Bagshaws studio.
If you plan on staying on Island, at a hotel, villa or guest house, well you should not live St Lucia without taking a look at those professionally hand made screen prints.
Bagshaws has three other outlets, one at Point Seraphine Duty Free Complex, one at La Place Carenage, both of which are ideally located for Cruise ship Passengers, and another at Hewannora International Airport departure lounge. There is no better memento of your visit to St Lucia. Mrs. Alice Bagshaw and her staff always look forward to welcoming anyone to the Bagshaws of St Lucia.
When you decide to visit the studio at La Toc, all you have to do is to ask a taxi to take you to the Bagshaws studio at La Toc.