A month has flown by and despite only just passing the longest day, time just seems to be getting tighter. Here I was thinking summer would be the quieter months in a slipper business (which in some ways, they are) and yet we seem to have packed more into June then we did the first 5 months of 2014. So, here goes the ‘quick’ round up…
The month started with me helping out at a friends fashion show in aid of RNLI– not entirely slipper related as rather seasonally it was showcasing the summer collection available in her shop (Hannah Darby @ No. 7), but we did manage to get some of our braided FFY slippers on display. The event went well, but who knew how nerve wracking modelling could be! Take the glamour out of it and it’s all, scrambling over each other in changing rooms grabbing for the next outfit all in an attempt to look completely put together as you walk out of the door! None of this can take away from how much fun it all was though, all credit to go out to all who took part!
Next up, before we knew it the set up for the Royal Three Counties show in Malvern was underway. Cue 5am starts and 8pm finishes all made worthwhile by the fact that this is quite possibly the most beautiful setting for an agricultural show ground you will come across and I would highly recommend a visit to the autumn fair later in the year. We were in the Westridge Events pavilion right by the south gate entrance, giving us a pretty good spot and the help of the most fantastic event team! We had a really positive response to all of our beautiful products and even ended up selling part of our display which was interesting and if I’m really honest, a little bit awkward…
Pre show consisted of hours spent braiding and stitching our newly developed and super pretty FFY BOW range, a summer show season special. I can confirm that this resulted in numerous unintended needle accidents and a rather speedy subsequent improvement in my use of a thimble… All for a good cause as the end result is just fab!
The event was a great opportunity to work on my developing case of ‘sheep-geek’. Being very close to the stock sheds and right next to the sheep shearing competition, I was in prime position to talk all things fleece with the judges to the fleece competition and various sheep owners. A huge thanks must go to the fleece judges who took the time to talk me through the judging cards and look at how to identify the best fleece traits.
After the Three Counties show we had a delivery of sheepskin rugs, which are positively flying! So, if you think it’s something you would like to get your hands on (or feet in to), get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) sharpish! We also had in some accessory samples which are absolutely beautiful and will allow us to develop our range come the autumn which is something we are positively brimming with excitement over.
Between shipping slippers to Scotland and squeezing in an extra summer job, this weekend brought us on to the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants summer fair, an event we were so keen to support for so many reasons. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and were very sad to discover that IC Events, Mrs Jo Davidson, was actually having her last day. We wish her all the best going forward, thank the whole family monumentally for their support, and hope to see them at the Christmas event! The centre has such a great atmosphere and it is so fantastic to see the brilliant work they are doing in enabling and supporting those in need.
And so, on to going forward. I guess the big one is the Great Yorkshire Show! We cannot begin to tell you how much we’re looking forward to heading up North for this spectacular show- so much so, we’ve got a brand new banner especially for the event! We will be in the WiRE marquee on the fifth avenue (exact location tbc…!?) with our new banner and our fabulous stock and other lovely WiRE ladies and their beautiful products. If you’re looking for a fantastic day out, an excuse for self-gifting and a brilliant opportunity to grab some early Christmas presents then look no further- we hope to see you there!
So in summary (summery…!?), it’s been a month of early starts, stitching incidents, new products and an extra summer job. Bring on July!