Not content with wowing the shoppers at The Spirit of Christmas Fair earlier this month, our friend Laura Spring will be selling her wares at the East London Design Show at the Old Truman Brewery in London!
Laura will be there with all her weathery goods, from her iconic duffle bags to ipad & laptop cases, and a great selection of travel and makeup bags. Apparently there will be some special discounts too, not to be missed!
After spending an entire week exhibiting alongside Laura at Spirit of Christmas, I got the chance to try all our her products. The duffel bags are definitely my favourite.
Over the last 7 days I've driven over 1400 miles, have been to Edinburgh twice, London and Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders. I was in London to visit the LDF this year, support friends, visit stockists and soak up a little inspiration on the way.
One of the highlights of LDF was Cafe Smug. Owned by Lizzie Evans, Smug is an absolute design haven, with a collection of fantastic interiors products, furniture, tableware and textiles.
As well as owning and running Smug, Lizzie is an interior architect and designed the entire shop - collection vintage displays alongside mid-century sideboards. It's one of my favourite places in London.
After showing Lizzie our new collection for AW13 I sit down with assistant Smuggler Laura Gee for a cup of tea outside.
Outside at Cafe Smug, illustrated walls by Laura Gee.
You'll notice yellow, pineapples and guinea pigs are a recurring theme at Smug. I've had my eye on these little owls for a while now, they'd make an excellent studio mascot!
Lizzie has recently started a blog called The Smuggler- she has the most excellent taste so it's well worth checking her Pinterest page too.
We'll be launching our Autumn/ Winter collection on Friday. We don't want to show you too much, but here's a sneak at what's to come.
In the photos are myself, photographer Caroline Weiss, Sharon Stevens the Make Up Artist and behind the camera was our intern for the day Jennifer Heilbronn. Our model was the wonderful and interesting Eileen Ramsay, a lass with many talents, who is also a puppeteer by profession!
The last few weeks has been a haze of wool...I've barely managed to get unpacked in the new studio quite yet, orders are flying out for Autumn Winter 13 including some to Australia and Japan as well. I took part in the County Show this weekend to promote our new winter collection and had a really fantastic time. I was so pleased at how many people came to try things on and made some great new local customers as well a visitor from New Zealand who follows me on Instagram and just happened to be in Orkney on holiday- hello!
The best bit about the County show is all the beautiful animals. I met this little ginger Shetland pony.
And these pups had there eyes firmly set on the parading cattle.
Over the last few weeks I've made over 200 pom pom... in addition to everything else. I love seeing my designs being produced in multiples and I still get a real kick thinking about all the heads that are going to be wearing these hats. All the poms are made entirely by hand- it's the only way to ensure a really even and round finish.
I don't have my shelving and tables set up yet so I'll work in small batches and then bag everything up to make sure it's kept nice 'n' fresh!
Just a few more batches of poms to go and that's me for the weekend...
Two weeks ago we finally got to move into the house and I'm so happy to have a brand new studio by the sea! Faster Internet and a nice big blank white room to work in, it's all I need.
The photos are a bit selective just now- renovation is not a pretty process- but there will be more to come. I'm building shelves just now and once I have another table, I'll show you around the studio properly!
I was in Glasgow last week to shoot the Aw13 collection for the online shop. We had a brilliant day at Pollok House and I was lucky enough to work with a brilliant bunch of people, photographer Caroline Weiss, Sharon Stephen from the Academy of Makeup, Jennifer Heilbronn a student from DoJ and Eileen our lovely model and part-time puppeteer.
You can see more pics on photos on the Facebook page. Can't wait to launch the collection in August!