Here we all are at the beginning of April 2021 and although our workshops have been much quieter as you would expect, we have managed to stay busy either making the on line orders which have been our saviour or looking really hard at what we do and reworking it.
Generally we are constantly looking at what we do with a view to update and improve where we can. This time down period has given us far too long to scrutinize the range! As a result we have added several new styles in belts and reworked the bag range in its entirety adding two styles. The raw edge bags in particular sold exceptionally well in 2019 but we didn’t expand it at the time, the new updated versions have been reworked to reduce the weight considerably with the new traveller bag benefitting the most by an increase in internal space of 50% whist reducing weight by 10%. We have also found a UK company who weave surplus wool, generally called dead stock, from manufacturers into the most beautiful palette of tweeds for our liners. Prices across the range have come down a little as it’s slightly easier to make which has to be good news and of course anything which saves on the environment is a huge bonus.
Buckles, buckles, buckles…..they are ours, gets your sticky mitts off! We are lucky enough to be able to make the buckle element of what we do which is part of our casting background. When we first started all those years ago we sold to some really high end indies over the UK who focused on a tight selection of what we made so much of the other work was shelved. We have decided to re work some of these style, recast and see what the reaction will be especially with our overseas client base. Have also decided to bring the Sterling Silver range back which we will showcase at RHS Chelsea in September 2021, this will include three buckles where we have not compromised at all on the amount of Sterling silver used. It is without doubt a beautiful thing to wear, pure luxury and everything about it screams quality.
So, in a couple of weeks we will be packing up and driving over to Greenwich Makers Market (24th & 25th April) for the first time in nearly a year and after that it’s go go go with pop up shops in John Lewis & Partners, Kingston at the beginning of May (3rd to 9th May) and our usual Sunday slot at Kew Village Makers Market (2nd May). We are all in nervous anticipation, it’s a bit like going back to school after a very long exeat. Wish us luck!