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Summer Vol.IV: Katie Leamon Radio 12.07.19

Enjoy some of our laid back summer favourites this weekend with the latest from Katie Leamon Radio! 


5 Must See Exhibitions in London this Weekend 04.07.19

London in the sunshine is a hard thing to beat, and with the wealth of creative exhibitions on at the moment, the capital has never looked better. Here is a few of our favourites that we recommend heading to this weekend.. 

First up is FOOD; Bigger than the plate – another great exhibition by the V&A. The exhibition explores current experiments at every stage of the food process, calling into question sustainability, politics and pleasures related to the food industry. It’s a great favourite for all the family.

Click here to book your tickets! 

 

Another favourite of ours is the powerful Cindy Sherman exhibition currently showing at The National Portrait Gallery. As keen photographers and Cindy enthusiasts it was a must see for us and we cant recommend it enough. Her work continues to grab our attention and her sense of disguise and intrigue are ever present in this retrospective.

 You can get your hands on some tickets here

 

Finally, one of my favourite places to visit in London… The Science Museum. An institution for the curious mind of both children and adults alike. They have just launched their Top Secret Exhibition; It explores over a century’s worth of communications intelligence including the story of the famous Bletchley Park team that cracked the Enigma code in 1941. 

The exhibition is free (woohoo!) but you have to book your slot here

The Science Museum is also celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing with an immersive festival for all the family. Another reason to get yourselves over there this weekend. You can get more information on the Summer of Space Festival here


Summer Playlist Vol.III | Katie Leamon Radio 28.06.19

Summer is finally here! Grab a drink, get outside, turn the music up and get the festival feeling with this weeks playlist. 

 


Katie Leamon Pop-Up Shop, Elizabeth Street

We are incredibly excited to announce that we are going to have our very own little pop up shop opening in September (Exact date TBC). We will be take up residence in a beautiful little spot in south west London, a few doors down from the iconic Peggy Porschen Bakery on retail’s royalty; Elizabeth Street and a stones throw away from the honey pot that is Eccleston Yard. 

It’s been a dream come true to be able to pour my heart into building a little stationery haven home to our lovely little paper goods. My imagination is having to be reigned inline with our budget when planning; I’m tempted to serve penny sweets and champagne to every customer!! We will however, be hosting a variety of workshops including our popular hand printing and Christmas card workshops as well as hosting sales evenings for our lovely stockists. 

We will bring more info as the plans unravel but be sure to make some time to pop in and say hello! We will be there until Christmas at least (all being well) so plenty of time to stock up for the festive season!! (Sorry to mention Christmas when we finally have summer in our hands!)

 


Playlist: Summer Vol.II 07.06.19

To celebrate our new product launches we’ve put together playlist of some of our favourite new music!


Recycled Coffee Cups: From Cup to Card

Did you know we use 4,861 disposable paper cups a minute in the UK? That’s 7 million a day, or just over 2.5 billion a year. Ever wondered how all these Coffee Cups are recycled?

Little things can make a big difference. That’s why we decided to do something a little bit different with our new cards.

Recycling Coffee Cups – The Process

We source our paper from G.F Smith and they work in partnership with James Cropper paper makers. Coffee Cups are sent to CupCycling™. Here paper fibres are rescued and the remaining plastic is recycled. The paper fibres are then placed into the papermaking process, pulp is also used to ensure paper quality. The pulp is sourced from managed forests meaning Extract paper is FSC certified and for every tree felled, 3 are planted. This is then made into beautifully crafted paper.

Finally, our designs are then printed onto the Extract paper using recyclable foil and turned into beautiful greeting cards that are 100% recyclable & plastic free.

Shop the full collection here

If you’d like to know more about extract paper please visit extractpapers.co.uk and cupcycling.co.uk


Playlist: Summer Vol.I 31.05.19

Summer is finally here! Get the festival feeling with this weeks playlist.


Travel Guide: Scotland 17.05.19

We are still settling back into the studio after spending the last two weeks road tripping through Scotland. Here are just some of the many amazing things we found along the way!

First tip, hire a campervan! We were lucky enough to borrow my parents but there are campervan hire spots dotted across Scotland and the Islands which, if like us you are coming up from London, might save some journey time if you jump on a flight to Glasgow and pick up a camper there. Its also the only way to explore all the little nooks the islands have to offer and means you have everything you need with you along the way. Top tip…. stock up before heading off the mainland, we were surprised at just how remote everything was, especially if you are travelling with kids!

Although you might be desperate to hit the coast I would make time to pop into Glasgow city centre… making sure you pay a visit to The Gallery of Modern Art. Its a beautiful art gallery, full of really interesting and interactive pieces, and great for kids too. A friend took us to Paesano Pizza for lunch and it lived up to all the hype. It was such incredible pizza, super friendly service and great coffee!

We then headed north west to Fort William, sadly Baloo is a bit small (and heavy) for us to take on Ben Nevis – but if you get the chance the views are incredible. If like us, you cant or dont want to do the climb take the Gondola up the mountain range where you can find a lovely restaurant and some more modest walking paths across the range.

From Fort William, we travelled up to the Isle of Skye. We stayed at Glenbrittle Campsite on the south west of the island. Its a remote little spot, between the beach and the mountains, completely off the grid with a cute little cafe serving award winning coffee and snacks.

The Fairy Pools are just up the road from the campsite, it was busiest spot we visited, but still much quieter than most tourist spots! Its well worth the hike even with a big toddler on your back! The walk takes you to crystal clear waterfalls and pools running through the mountains. Lots of myths and stories linked to fairies in area although sadly we didnt see any on our visit! Both the campsite and the Fairy pools are on the Dunvegan estate, and just down the road is Dunvegan Castle. Another lovely spot filled with legends and myths and well worth a visit while you’re there.

We then jumped on the ferry across to the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides. We had been recommended the unmissable Luskentyre Beach – once again it lived up to the hype… It was absolutely stunning,  white sands and turquoise seas even on a grey day. It was completely deserted which added to the feeling that you had found a real gem. The west coast actually continues much the same way for a good few miles, so I recommend jumping in the campervan and exploring further down the coastal road.

The isle of Harris also offers a bit of a rare find… the Harris Gin Distillery; unlike most of its Scottish neighbours that focus on the Scott’s main tipple, Whisky. Its a very cool distillery with beautifully branded product and a a cute cafe that wouldn’t be out of place in East London.
After a few days exploring the Islands in our little campervan with little more than running water and heat I was completely settled into our simple life, battling the elements and finding extra appreciation in all the incredible views along the way. The driving through landscapes that  are without doubt some of the most breath taking I have seen and in itself a huge part of the trip, not to be rushed.
We followed Martin Dorey’s ‘Slow Road’ back to Oban on the Mainland and around the coast back to Loch Lomond where we first began. One of the highlights along the way was Inveraray Castle. A beautiful green Walt Disney style castle in the most beautiful grounds and (if its to your tasting) the world famous Loch Fyne Oysters straight from their source.
Along the way we experienced uncountable moments spent in the most pinch-me idyllic spots that I urge you to experience yourself.

Playlist: Spring Vol. V – Picnic 16.05.19

Hooray for May! Listen to our picnic playlist whilst enjoying the warmer weather and the longer days in the great outdoors. Pic @noemiferst


Playlist: Spring Vol. IV – World Stationery Day 01.05.19

Celebrate World Stationery Day with our paper-themed playlist!


7 Stationery Items That You Simply Must Have 30.04.19

We give you the 7 must have stationery items to have with you have all times. Whether you’re studying, working, blogging or designing, Stationery can help you stay organised and productive throughout your day. For National Stationery Week we’ve put together a list of 7 stationery must-haves to improve your workflow whilst looking beautiful on your desk at the same time.

Pencils

Whether you like to write, draw, sketch, shade or doodle it’s important to have a great set of pencils. Our assorted box set of variant grades means you can swap between the above with ease.

Sharpeners

Who doesn’t hate a blunt pencil! We’ve snapped too many pencils leads to know it’s important to choose a good quality sharpener. M+R make great single and double brass sharpeners. If you’re looking for something a bit more specialist, the DUX adjustable sharpener has 3 different sharpening settings.

Erasers

…Because we all make mistakes, plus there is nothing worse than smudging your page when using a bad rubber. Koh-i-Noor make a selection high-quality erasers that also look great on your desk.

Pens

Having a good pen is so important as it’ll probably be the most used item on the list. Kaweco have been making them since 1883 – Choose from a timeless Fountain pen or a more modern rollerball design.

Pencil Case

You always need somewhere to store all of your pens and pencils, Our HiDE leather zip pencil case is the ideal container for your stationery supplies.

Lay Flat Notebook

Our latest notebook, the lay-flat lets you write comfortably on every single page. The 90gsm blank pages give you total freedom when drawing or writing and with 300 pages means you won’t run out in a hurry.

Organiser

Stay organised, even when you’re on the go! the HiDE Personal Organiser let’s you store all of your essentials in one place and is perfect if you’re never in one place for too long.


Playlist: Spring Vol.III – Easter Weekend 18.04.19

We’ve whisked a few songs together to help you have an eggcellent Easter weekend! 


Meet Our Stockists: Wild About Flowers

More than just a flower shop, Wild About Flowers has been trading on Keynsham High Street for 19 years and offers a unique shopping experience. Stocking a selection gifts, interiors, greeting cards and chocolate, sourced from local designers and of course an amazing display of fresh flowers, sourced daily and hand-selected from the best suppliers in the South West.

We met with Rosa to discuss the stores history, flowers, cards and more!

Q. Tell us about why you opened the store?

Wild About Flowers was born in the year 2000 when a trio of qualified florists left their professional careers and ventured out to establish a distinctively different floristry business on Keynsham High Street in Bristol. Within a year the shop was being ran solo by Angela who had always dreamt of being a florist after attending a flower class with her Nan when she was 7. Her Mum had always grown flowers in the garden, and her Grandad was a veg grower, so there was always a love and appreciation for nature and flowers. She left a career in banking to pursue her a heartfelt lifelong ambition, and the retail florist was a golden opportunity.

Q. Is there a story behind your stores name? 

Angela had a group task at college to name a shop and illustrate how it would be run, at the time I really liked it, but I never thought that one day it would come to be in existence. Having now been in business for almost 20 years, the name very much represents what we are. We are wild about all things floral and our business run throughs our heart and soul.

Q. What has been the best moment in your stores life so far?

After 17 years of renting our small but cute high street shop, in 2017 we opened our new and much larger premises in a Grade II listed Georgian town House. There were many people who helped us with the renovations and it was a special moment to have our family and friends together at our open evening. An overwhelming moment was the day our name was hand painted on the building, completed with our purple Georgian front door and knocker. It was a day where you could see a dream becoming a reality and the realisation of all the hard work it took to get to that moment.

Q. What is one item you can’t live without?

We couldn’t possibly run our business without our iPhones and we relish the opportunities it offers our brand. There’s often a lot of negativity around phones and social media, but we like to always see the positive and the endless creativity it offers. We love how Instagram allows us to connect and collaborate with other creative businesses, whilst engaging with our lovely customers; not to mention the myriad of inspiration we’ll find on our feed.

Q. Where did you first hear about Katie Leamon?

We first came across Katie Leamon at Top Drawer trade show about 5 years ago. Her designs were so refreshing with a complimenting colour palette; the marble prints were a particular favourite of ours. At the time we were still in our small shop, so we had little room to stock products, but we always liked to visit to get inspiration. Now we are in our expanded new home, we are so proud to stock a range of distinct brands that we love.

Q. What is your favourite Katie Leamon Product? 

The luxurious navy and copper crackers caught our eye and we loved having these to sell. More than just a flower shop, we like to offer a unique shopping experience to our customers. These were the perfect addition for the festive period to bring a touch of opulence in-store.

Q. What would be your top tip for someone visiting Bristol/Keynsham?

Never stop exploring! It’s a city with so much to offer and always has something going on. There are so many amazing independent businesses in Bristol and we love the community


Playlist: Spring Vol.II – April Showers 05.04.19

Tracks to make sure you have a great weekend, whatever the weather!

Pic. @chantillysongs


Why “Made in England” is important to me

If you have a look at the back of one of our cards or notebooks, or on our pencils and wrap you will see the phrase “Made in England”. Firstly, despite the political limbo we find ourselves in, our pledge for local production is far from a political outcry but simply a way for us to ensure ethical processes are being met and our carbon footprint remains low. My awareness of ethical and ecological trading were very much present when I started the business so here’s what Made in England means to me…

At university I studied Fashion & Textiles and discovered the detrimental effects that fast fashion has on the environment and the people involved, in fact this is what I wrote my dissertation on. After leaving University I started working in fair trade fashion. Working for an ethical and sustainable brand solidified my decision that if I did start my own company I would make sure the processes behind my products were transparent wherever possible and I would use local production to ensure carbon footprint was kept to a minimum and that I would be able to be present and involved with any outsourced production.

Before starting my business I defined all the critical things that I wanted my future brand to represent. This included a fair and open working environment, ethical trading with suppliers and an ecological awareness on all the products we made, this was much easier to manage by using locally sourced product. The majority of our cards are hand printed in house, and all our products are hand packed in house so we can ensure things are dispatched looking perfect and with a personal touch. All our suppliers are close to us and have all become trusted business contacts who share our principles on ecological issues and staff welfare. This is what “Made in England” means to me. 

It’s important for us to help move the industry in the right direction; encourage others to take the Plastic Free by 2020 pledge and continue to research and develop new techniques that have a more sustainable future. While sometimes overseas production runs rings around the UK price wise, and as such we are sometimes limited in our choices – by using suppliers local to us, we can engage and form trusted relationships which is integral to the nature of our brand.
Katie