October 2020

We have some incredibly exciting news to share with you today!

We are finally getting the opportunity to work with Curated Makers and be part of their pop up in John Lewis at the Trafford Centre. (Insert happy squeaking noise here!)

This has been in the works since March. Our original arrangements were meant to take place over Mother’s Day weekend. However, we all know that was the weekend our world changed, we went into lockdown and a lot of plans and lives got put on hold.

It has taken a while to get everything rolling again and obviously there are new measures and changes in place, but this is a fantastic opportunity for a small independent business like ours.

Olivia first met Megan, the creative force behind Curated Makers, at a Creatival event and they have been eager to work together since.

Curated Makers was established in 2017 and has won awards and accolades for it’s innovation, even being featured in Forbes magazine. By creating collaborations between recognised high street retailer giants, such as M&S, Paperchase and Debenhams, and a myriad of small independent creative businesses, Curated Makers brings unique products into the high street market, making them more readily available and accessible. Not only is this great for these many small local indie companies, it is also adding variety and originality to a stagnant high street shopping experience, which is struggling in the post lockdown slump.

Adapting to this ‘new normal’ is difficult, and with local government guidelines changing constantly, it will be a while before everything settles. The retail sector provides employment for about 10% of all UK employment, it is an industry that we cannot allow to waste away. Similarly, it will need to adapt to survive this crisis. Collaborations between independent makers and big business is one way we could achieve this and see our retail market and experience change for the better.

We are thrilled to be included in the pop up for John Lewis and Partners, at the Trafford Centre, due to launch in November and continue until Christmas.

The first john Lewis store opened in 1864 on Oxford Street, London. It is the largest employee owned mutual co-operative in the UK. It is well known for creating iconic Christmas adverts, which began in 2007 and have become an annual tradition across the nation. We don’t know about you, but it just doesn’t feel like Christmas is truly coming until we’ve seen it!

The Trafford Centre opened in 1998 and John Lewis joined them in 2005. They are currently trading 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm – 6pm on Sundays. (Subject to change, so please check if you are making the trip).

If you are local to Manchester and it is safe for you travel, we would love for you to show your support of this amazing concept. Every big name shop you know started as one person in a little shop. It takes time and support to build a successful company, and our success comes from you. There are many makers out there who deserve to be seen and encouraged. Make a maker’s day.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support us in every way. If you are wanting to order something personalised, you will still have to order directly with us. Limited space is still available for Christmas, so get yours in!

Stay Safe and Shop Small and Local where you can.

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Written by Siobhan Green.