Last autumn we introduced Nomads to Eden. A brand which is designed in the UK in Cornwall, ethical and fair trade. It's quickly become one of our favourite brands. The autumn winter collection has only been in-store for a very short time (around a week) but it's already flying off the rails. We particularly love their use of colour and print combined with superbly tactile fabrics including the organic cottons and craft handloom pieces.
Here are few of our favourite pieces so far ...
It was such a huge hit last autumn, the multi way poncho is back! This time it's available in the gorgeous shades of Moss, Cinnamon, Cranberry and Indigo. This versatile knit can be worn in six different ways (we've come up with a few more of our own too!) Check out this video for some ideas...
This superfine needle cord skirt in grey with moss print. Funky print design featuring two front pockets. Fully lined. Side concealed zip fastening.
A classic, this beautiful coat in navy and white handloom fabric. The fabric is woven by artisans using traditional Indian techniques.
Nomads respects people and the planet with it's ethical fashion ethos supporting fair trade values.
We hope you enjoyed reading this weeks blog. Pop in-store and discover even more from Nomads...
Fashion never stops! Seem to be thinking about three seasons all at once. Our summer sale is on and the new arrivals for autumn are already arriving into store. However we've just been away in London buying for SS18.
We headed down by train on Saturday evening, checked into our hotel and had a fairly early night ready for the busy days ahead.
On Sunday we set off for Pure, a trade show held at Olympia. We have placed a number of orders at the show. First was some coffee to wake us up and then on to FRNCH for our first buy of the day.
Next we visited Nomads (I had already actually placed my order but couldn't resist adding in a couple more styles to my it) their stand looking amazing - in fact they were nominated for an award for it at Pure.
In the afternoon we checked out the gallery level accessories and ordered jewellery from Big Metal and Sence Copenhagen and picked up some display ideas from them too (watch this space!)
Afterwards we headed to the main catwalk stage to listen to keynote speaker Dr Pam Hogg i found her talk really inspirational and it was interesting to hear her creative process.
Finally we caught up with B Young before heading off back to the hotel (with very tired feet) for a pizza and drinks to end our day.
On Monday, our appointment was with Selected Femme at Bestseller's HQ situated on the very aptly named Fashion Street. The collection for SS18 is looking so strong and ended up buying quite a lot!
Still mulling over which style to go for in their footwear.
After that we made our way back to Kings Cross to catch our train home to Edinburgh.
In fact Karen is agent for eight brands - 5 clothing labels - Skunkfunk, Mistral, Muted Tones, Nomads and Bohemia and 3 accessory brands - Sence Copenhagen, Doris & Dude and From The Source.
When she's not showing at her showroom in Glasgow, she's on the road with her samples visiting boutiques. On top of that she has sales meetings with her brands at least twice a year and trade shows.
She also finds the time to do some styling work and personal shopper appointments too.
I was buying Nomads for SS18 and the collection is gorgeous with so many lovely prints and of course beautiful fabrics. We spent the afternoon trying on the samples to see which styles will work for my customers and I'm really pleased with my Nomads buy.
Here's a little sneak peak of what you can look forward to for next summer.
After the appointment we went back to Karen's house. It was time for wine and later on chicken fajitas (almost minus the chicken, but that's another story!)
The following morning we were up early playing in her back garden with Gracie (her three year old daughter) and afterwards got on with buying Sence Copenhagen jewellery (in our pjs) for AW17 which will be in store very soon.
We then headed back in to Glasgow stopping off at "The Van" for lunch before I was off to another buying appointment before heading home to Edinburgh.
Shopping should be an enjoyable experience however, at times it can be stressful and overwhelming, especially at sale time. You can be lucky and find the perfect piece, in your size and at a fraction of the original price. However don't be disappointed when it doesn't always go exactly to plan.
So here's our top tips to get the best from the sales -
Be open minded
You can often set out on a shopping trip with an rigid idea of what you are looking for (when you go out searching for a very specific item you rarely are able to find it) you will find something else amazing when you're not looking for it.
Get in the changing room
If you are trying on you might as well try on a few things, perhaps something outside of your comfort zone? Sometimes it's the things you least expected to like are the ones you may not have automatically chosen.
Always try on
Again try on - Different labels, brands and styles can fit slightly differently. Staff can normally guide you with how a style fits. You'll either face the problem of having to return the item if it's not right once you got home or just allowing it to live a forgotten life in your wardrobe.
Challenge the staff
They'll probably appreciate your willingness for help. In an independent boutique the person serving you has quite possibly made all the buying decisions too so knows their products and stock inside out. See what an outsider's perspective can bring you, ask questions and find out more.
Dress for comfort
Wear comfortable clothing (for trying on) wear flats (bring heels if thats what you'll wear garment with) and a cross body bag (hands free enabling you to browse freely)
Time to get shopping ? We hope our tips were useful - shop our sale now ...
July is Independent retailer month, an initative which began in the U.S. and was first brought to the UK in 2012. It encourages customers to shop independently supporting local businesses and communities.
Independent Retailer Month in the UK has 3 aims:
To encourage all those who live in the local area to visit their nearby towns and villages, to explore the local, independent businesses in their community and to rediscover what their place has to offer. To vote with their feet, and with their wallets, if they really do care about having a sustainable, thriving high street!
To encourage independent consumer-facing businesses in towns and village centres to create fun, engaging activities and events throughout July. To focus on attracting the local community back into the town, high street or village centre. To ensure that consumers have a great experience that will in turn make more people want to come back more often.
To encourage product suppliers and all those who serve the independent retail sector to spread the word. Where possible to garner the support from suppliers to enable the retailers to deliver fantastic in-store events and activities, throughout July.
As Stockbridge is packed full of independent businesses - why not make a whole day of it and check out what's on offer... why not make a start from here at Eden and shop some fantastic individual and stylish clothing in our summer sale!