Posts Tagged ‘lampshade maker’
Dear Lovely Readers,
This is the end of my old and faithful WordPress blog. I have upgraded to a fully functioning webstore. Designed by Sorbet Design, it oozes everything I ever wanted Quincy Lampshades to be – bright, colourful, friendly and accessible. You can find out about lampshade making parties, bespoke shades, designs, trade and shop. I have many plans for my blossoming business which I will continue to share with you via the blog on my new site. Come and join me there!
(In fact, I feel terribly emotional about leaving this blog behind… I have shared my ups and downs, my ambition and mistakes. You guys have commented, liked, and read. Thank you for seeing me through.)
Yesterday I visited two trade shows, both at Earls Court London – Top Drawer Spring and Home. Top Drawer showcases design-led gifts, lifestyle and fashion accessories for 2012, whilst Home was all about new homewares and interiors accessories. Both of these huge bright spaces were packed with really exciting stuff – like the bestest, most loveliest shop you have ever, ever seen. Trouble being that, as an individual, you cannot buy! These shows are for retail buyers – people who decide what’s going to be sold in the shops. As an exhibitor you’re there to show off your product and pick up as many orders as you can.
If I hadn’t had a list of people to meet, products to see and a car parking limit, I could have spent a long, long time wandering the aisles. Some booths were small and peppered with a select range of the exhibitor’s products. Other spaces were huge and set out like shops, full to bursting. Each space was brilliantly lit and tendered by the designer-maker themselves or by the brand’s representatives. It was the designer-makers who caught my attention – I recognised the fascination on their faces as they watched the visitors eyeing up their wares. I recognised the nerves, the hard work, the attention they gave to each and every enquiry made – after all, this person could be placing the big order they went there to get!
I learnt some lessons –
- Must get business cards printed and carry them at all times (I introduced myself to some gorgeous fabric designers, including Thornback & Peel and Abigail Borg, but had nothing to give them).
- Must be more confident with business/trade/retail terminology (I must know what I am talking about).
- Do not attempt a trade show for another few years (I must have absolute confidence in my product, brand, business direction and ability to fulfil orders to stand tall in this very polished environment).
- Continue to use social media to follow through with contacts (a Facebook mention, a Like and Twitter follow reminds them of me and keeps me up-to-date with their work).
- It’s all in the detail. I will start using 12mm tape for the ring set rolling.
So, best of luck to Caroline from Warbeck and Cox, who I finally had the pleasure of meeting, and who found herself in the ‘Spotted’ section of the show – hurrah! (See our collaboration below.) And Lush Designs, whose work is truly luscious and who was just too busy taking a massive order for me to say hi! Take a look at their stand here.
Vote for me here.
It’s all in the photos. I know that. You know that. Great product photos are so very important when selling online. But what about an editorial photo shoot? Featuring not just the lampshades, but me and the story of my lampshade-making Granddad – magazines love that sort of thing! How I’d love to win this competition to win an editorial photo shoot by photographer Lyndsey James who:
… creates striking imagery for businesses and stunning portraits for professionals [and is] renowned for her ability to capture form and detail in products and a wealth of personality in a portrait … she has positioned herself at the forefront of the business photography industry … from cottage crafters to corporations her clients enjoy honest pricing and a friendly, professional service throughout, with the added benefit of endless creativity and ‘outside the box’ thinking.
About Quincy, she says:
This craft has been passed down through Ruth’s blood line without her even knowing, a story of craftsmanship and family history I would love to tell.
All you have to do is vote for me to win here! Voting closes tomorrow – I’ll keep you posted!
Skippity do dah, skippity day… my oh my.
All I did was reply to a Tweet from Bouf (one of my stockists) who asked how everybody’s day was going. I said I needed ‘a bit of a push’ and I got one! Thank you, Bouf.