January is a very busy month for me – it’s when I do most of the purchasing for the coming year. Some is only exciting for me (new recycled cardboard packaging solutions anyone?!) but most of my spending is on new products for the Rosy Rosie stall and www.rosyrosie.com
Throughout the year I meet all sorts of creative and clever artisans and traders and now is a good time to catch up with them all and see if they would like to do business. Plus it is Trade Fair season in London and this year, amongst others, I visited the Toy Fair 2013 (unbelievable fun this one – very easy to become distracted!) and Bubble London (all kinds of children’s stuff).
Clearly all our products have to meet the Rosy Rosie criteria, so they they need to be beautiful, fun, good quality, well priced and have a decent ethical and sustainable provenance which might mean that they are made from sustainable/environmentally friendly materials such as bamboo or organic cotton; that they are handmade and/or are made here in the UK or perhaps supplied by UK companies who support community projects in the countries in which they operate.
So we will be expanding the ranges from Piccalilly (soft brushed cotton PJs, puppet face cloths, muslins and appliqued t-shirts), Ecoboo (new building block sets), Powell Craft (fabulous printed boys PJs), Inch Blue handmade leather baby shoes (gorgeous new designs) AND start offering completely new ranges from Anna Platts (handmade original art cards), Pebble (handmade crochet toys suitable from birth) and Velvet Mutineer (handmade PVC/velvet bags) – so a few more things for the ‘grown-ups’ – an area I am particularly keen to expand.
I’ve started updating the website but there is so much more to do over the coming weeks and I will be publishing more blogs telling the story of my fantastic suppliers and partners, many of whom are British, entrepreneurial and women! So please stay tuned on Facebook/Twitter/newsletter/blog for more information!