February 09, 2015
I cannot believe it's almost halfway through February already. I hope the New Year has started well for you all. I just thought I'd stop for a few moments, have a drink and let you know what's going on at Nathalie Bond HQ.
Things have been quite busy here, the opposite to last January when we launched the website and launched the business. The run up to Christmas was a whirlwind and October to December was a bit of a blur. We did five Christmas markets across three cities (Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham) which was a bit much for us to be honest as we were making stock, designing new products and packaging for 2015 and posting out individual and wholesale orders most days too. We were delighted to have products featured in some magazine's Christmas gift guides including Red, Aesthetica, Country Living and Vogue. For a small company like us it means so much and we grinned from ear to ear when we received an email that we were in Vogue as a suggested gift for American actress, model and homemaker Blake Lively. Hopefully one day we will get to meet her and give her some products - you never know :)
We hit the ground running after an amazing family Christmas holiday visiting our mums and dads in London, Birmingham and North Wales with a few days in Sheffield at the end. We were straight back to the office after New Year because we had loads to do to prepare for Top Drawer (11th - 13th January) held at Olympia in Kensington, London. Top Drawer is a buying event held twice a year for retailers to discover new design-led products. It was our first show in London and honestly we loved it. It has been our favourite trade show so far and was full of super desirable homewares, stationery and fashion - we had a small stand in the 'wellbeing' section. When we arrived we were surprised at the scale of it - it's a huge show and packed from wall to wall with beautiful things.
One of the highlights from the show for us was that we got to meet some of our stockists face to face for the first time. It's been a pleasure to work with such wonderful people over the last twelve months and we look forward to more of the same in 2015. We took some new orders at the show and since the show we've had some great enquiries from across the United Kingdom, Finland and Germany! We are so grateful for all of the stockists who have been patient with us as we have been busy producing a small mountain of stock in the last few weeks. Also at Top Drawer, I (Andy) had my first ever chai tea and I've been drinking 3 cups a day every day since. If you've never tried a cup yet you definitely should. Goodbye for now x
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