A passion for travel and collecting unique and quirky trinkets from across the globe provided George and Ellie Norbert-Munns with the inspiration to launch Trove – an intimate store that literally acts as a treasure trove.
Packed full of quirky items to brighten up the home, Trove boasts a range of one-offs sourced during trips across Cambodia, and to Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and the UK, including a set of small brass vintage mugs ($30) and handmade replica sailboats ($44 to $180).
The unifying style in the wide selection of items is “classic and contemporary”, says Ellie Norbert Munns, who hails from the UK. As a long-term resident she often found it hard to buy items for her apartment that suited her personal style, and with Trove she and her husband hope to fill a much-needed gap.
“Over the years, [we] found it quite difficult at times to source gifts and homewares in Phnom Penh that fitted in line with our classic yet contemporary style and so felt our shop would offer something new for Cambodia’s burgeoning interiors and homeware market.”, she adds.
There’s something for everyone and every room of the house from pineapple-shaped indigo bookends ($20 each) to handmade wooden stools ($50 each) and decorative cushions ($18 to $35).
While the selection of homewares is always changing, Trove works closely with local designers and artisans to showcase their latest works. “We have been really lucky and are working with some fabulously talented designers, artisans and producers, such as photographer Todd Brown and the folks at Claycult Cambodia, who make beautiful handcrafted ceramic jewellery in Siem Reap,” says Ellie.
Brown’s large-sized prints ($315 to $365 or $275 unframed) include a shot of now-retired Sambo the elephant walking in the midst of traffic on riverside.
Besides homewares, Trove is a great place to find creative jewellery and fashion. The shop carries a range of items from Amanda Bloom and a selection of items from her vintage and upcycle line at The History of Things to Come. Fun accessories include bracelets made from Vietnamese water buffalo horn ($32 for a set of seven).
Customers will also find familiar brands like TEMPER, a fair-trade brand working with local artisans to craft rings ($26) and necklaces ($32) from bullet cases and bombshells. Bougainvillea, a line of handmade Japanese-Cambodian jewellery, is also for sale with rings, bracelets, and necklaces made from gold, silver and platinum ($40 to $140).
Alongside other Street 308 and Bassac Lane shops, such as Paper Dolls, Trove may prove to be the beginning of something new for Bthe area as it branches out from drinking and dining establishments.
“We’re an active part of [the Bassac Lane] community of businesses. We’re happy to play a part in its development and in general are seeing a greater range opening in the area, from boutiques to cafes, so we would love to see it become even more of a community hub for both day and night-time visitors,” says Ellie.
33 Bassac Lane, Phnom Penh. Tel: 092 964 684. Open Tuesday to Thursday, from 10am to 6pm, and Friday and Saturday, from 2pm to late.