When I first decided to blog I set myself a weekly target which soon ratcheted down to once a month; thus I better get cracking as it is the 30th of June already! But boy has it been a busy month…
much of it was spent in England, scouring the countryside for quintessentially British items to use in our booth when we exhibit at the New York International Gift Fair in August!
For those of you who don’t know what that means, the Gift Show takes place twice a year in NYC at the Javits Center and the Piers–it is enormous. Thousands of vendors, selling everything from candy bars to couches, present their wares to retailers in the tri-state area, all 35,000 of them. So what is British Cottage doing there? Hopefully branding ourselves.
For at least 15 years we have been building our own furniture designs, first in England, now at our factory in Hungary. Always bespoke and bench made, sometimes with reclaimed timber, sometimes beautiful, lovingly harvested new pine from a managed Scandinavian forest (but that is another blog, how we were green before we even knew what green meant). Anyway, we muddled along quite nicely, enjoying a very solid customer base in the the centrally located coastal community of Red Bank.
But then things changed. Our cherubs grew up and away, the dogs went to heaven and instead of enjoying our leisure time we were working twice as hard for half as much money as the dreaded recession caused business to slow to record levels. So instead of packing it all in we decided to take it up a notch. We’ve had several wholesale relationships in the past supplying stores in Westfield and Nantucket, so why not the whole metropolitan area?
So that is the plan. We’ve produced several items that we think are truly unique and would work in a variety of homes. We’re going to layer those with all the British Country style accessories we all love, real Staffordshire, garden items, vintage maps and prints and hopefully we’ll take New York by storm. As many of you know our pricing for our quality is extremely reasonable and if all goes well hopefully many more will find out!