Factory tours – I had 2 landmark tours this week and I was very thrilled with the complements and feedback I received.
Why landmark? – Well Tuesday was my biggest crowd to date – approx. 22 ladies came from Walton WI, it was a glorious afternoon, the sun was shining and everybody was on cracking form.
I was surprised by how many of the girls hadn’t been inside a sheepskin/leather factory before, I had expected most of them to have “done a shift” in local employers Clarks (footwear) or Morlands /Bailys (Sheepskin) - but that wasn’t the case, so it was great to tell them all about the heritage and demonstrate the traditional leatherworking skills still being used every day on their own doorstep.
A quickie raffle in aid of CHSW together with Tea & Cakes, finished the afternoon off nicely, everybody went home grasping their friends and family discount card.
The other landmark tour was on Thursday, a whole day was devoted to the SS16 showroom launch. 10 key Owen Barry accounts visited and enjoyed the day’s itinerary, which included the full heritage tour, followed by a business presentation entitled “Why choose Owen Barry ? ” this was a 12 point demonstration of why buying British from a forward thinking Somerset manufacturer can be extremely worthwhile in the cutthroat retail world.
Owen Barry customer service, bespoke ordering, exceptional quality product, value for money and lifetime guarantee can really help to set retailers apart on their high street. Our stockists certainly seemed to appreciate the day, – nothing to do with the luncheon and the prosecco of course!!
After a review of the 2016 spring summer range – those 18 entrepreneurial women headed home hopefully inspired to champion Owen Barry - the home of British craftsman made truly beautiful bags and lifestyle products.
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With the last nips of Winter behind us, it is time to focus on our Spring Summer ’16 wardrobe, part of my job at Owen Barry is to ensure the colour palette we offer every season is bang on trend, so this is what
I have learnt studying the 2016 fashion catwalks and leather fairs.
I think there is one phrase that embodies S/S 16 colours – Pioneering Optimism.
Whilst everything can be grounded on subtle earthy tones such as Iced Coffee, Silver Grey and Taupe there strong pops of colour that make you smile - Granny Smith, Bombay Turquoise, Orange, Flamingo Pink.
Self-expression and individuality are key - you will notice the juxtaposition of colours, bold crazy florals, ruffles set against basic simplicity, Tomboy denim kegs and white basic’s.
Where to go first – Ruffles – ruffles are a must, soft layers and romantic drapes – our Sophia in 7 strong colours at £75.00 ticks all the boxes
Metallic - Our Dillie in Nevada metallic is right on the money it embraces the alchemy of polished platino and silver on soft oatmeal’s – precious but subtle. – Made to order £150
Mark Twain on White Basics – stunning and sexy, our Gamekeeper in Jeans or Silver Grey, the romantic rebel – is that you this Spring?
Rainbow Nation – epitomised by Chloe’s flowing stripes – Owen Barry bags will always send a burst of instant colour blazing thru your wardrobe. Dolly in Lilac a micro Crossbody with punch £75.00
Home Spun Prairie – fringes, meadow floral prints and fluttering frills, our Madison in Lavender would turn any cowgirl loco.
Precious treats - tassles in all kinds of colours, tactile and drop dead gorgeous – one two three – the more the merrier.
So go on girls, get flouncing, one thing for sure with bright colours, a pioneer spirit and a cracking smile you are going easily rope a winners rosette this spring.
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A big THANK YOU to all the beautiful dogs who entered our competition...... it was so hard to choose that I picked the winner out of a hat! Though you must all agree JOE is very handsome! x
See all the entries in our Pooch Gallery
With Valentine’s Day approaching, images of hearts and flowers are everywhere, but the most beautiful heart that I can think of is the one that has been weather etched over time into the glorious Red Stone of Uluru (Ayers Rock to us old ‘uns).
For my fiftieth year and Chas’s 21st all five of us went on a touring holiday of Australia – we love driving and exploring, so with no real itinerary, just a hire car, we set off travelling the length of the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Cairns, many stops along the way but with no accommodation booked the experience was very diverse, from sleeping on a beach Christmas Eve (no vacancies anywhere!) To snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef on Christmas Day - glorious.
But the Valentines Heart? – Well, we took a detour flying back south to Sydney and headed to the heart of Australia – Uluru, it was there that we saw the heart.
On a guided sunrise tour starting at 4am, we walked the 6 mile circumference of the rock experiencing the beautiful light and shadows caused as the sun rose above all the fissures, gullies and caves that have been eroded from Uluru’s surface in the last 600 million years.
We learnt about Dreamtime the essence of Aboriginal culture and the spirituality of the ancestors, all of this heritage has been etched by the elements into the rock and our guide showed us and explained the legends.
In honesty “the Heart” is very much a 20th century device (funnily enough Hallmark didn’t have a huge following in indigenous Aborigine society) but for us sad westernised folk it was another great photo opportunity, and in fairness, I think Mother Nature has done a marvellous job of etching a magnificent heart into the Heart of Australia.
An Owen Barry version of the "camera" bag - featured on many of this seasons fashion catwalks!
We are selling all colours, but the Mushroom is the most popular. It has a real nostalgic feel - I think I could find the '50's equivalent in my loft !!
So pleased with the feedback (& orders!) of our new Interiors Collection at Spring Fair.....pleased with the stand too!!
Coffee time at the 'set-up' for Spring Fair @ NEC (Summerhouse D1/E1)...... where will we put it all Chas & Brett?
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