The first day of 2015!
Seriously where does the time go? 2014 was such an important year for me, personally and professionally. Most importantly I've taken the plunge and gone full time with Bristol Saint Vintage and hope 2015 will bring more stock, more markets, more pop ups, more ventures and opportunities, so please continue to support us in any way you can and if you'd like to collaborate, just get in touch!
Now, whether you've just found us or if you've followed us from the start, here is a recap of 2014 for Bristol Saint Vintage :)
I kicked the year off by wrapping up our Christmas Pop Up Shop at the Edwardian Cloakroom. It was a lovely closing party with lots of friends and I even sang as part of my other project 'Myfaceyourface'! Which is the first time i've really sang in front of my friends!
Bristol Saint Vintage had a stockist for the first time selling Valentine's Chocolate China sets at The Tea Birds cafe on Park Street! I would definitely love to do something like this again :) It's one of my goals to have a permanent local stockist by the end of 2015.
I cracked out my sewing machine this year and really got into it! I'm impressed with what i've created so far (even if I do say so myself!) Considering before 2014, I mostly used my machine to sew edges around birthday cards, I think i've done alright!
I've made two pieces, a pinafore, skirts, reworked dresses, kimono's and more! Someone loved the first two piece I made so much (worn by Alex - pictured), they actually STOLE it from the Summer pop up shop, which was heart breaking and I really don't understand how someone could justify stealing from a small independent shop....but I guess there's a compliment in there somewhere!
I'm definitely looking forward to continuing the up-cycling into 2015 and beyond. Any ideas? Comment below!
Throughout the year I've traded at The Harbourside Market, Be In Bristol, The Tobacco Factory, The Coroner's Court and The Speigeltent. But one particular market at Lou Lou's Vintage Fair, sticks in my mind. This is when I met Dawn O'Porter! (pictured - photo by Lou Lou's) It sounds corny but I do feel it was a highlight of my vintage career so far! And I think vintage business owners have a lot to be thankful for in that she has helped make vintage clothing more accessible to the mass market through her programme 'This Old Thing' on Channel 4.
This time was so difficult as all my equipment seemed to be giving up on me! My phone, computer, sewing machine and camera all broke within a few weeks of each other and it was a very trying time! Luckily everything seems to be sorted now, but this definitely taught me to put systems in place if things like this happen again!
Throughout the year I've still been trying to find a consistent but interesting look for the ASOS Marketplace boutique, which honestly I do struggle with! In the Winter months I decided to take the shoots outside (which seems a bit silly! brrr...) but just felt a bit more interesting than a plain white wall. I'd love any feedback though!
I have met the majority of my goals for the year which I'm really happy with but there's always loads more to do! I wanted to add more stock more frequently, which I've done, but I want to grow on this in 2015 and have a consistently wider selection of items. I've joined the Female Entrepreneur Association which I think is one of the best decisions i've made - it's invaluable to have a sounding board of other business woman in all different stages, so if you're a woman in business I urge you to check it out!
My New Years Resolution is to just GO FOR IT this year.
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