Monday, January 19, 2015

Just a little heads up...

Our Special colourway Aquila necklace in UP IN THE SHOP
Hope you like it! Its a special price of just £15 this week but will increase next week to the normal Aquila price of £22. Grab a bargain while you can...
Anna, CM

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Design times...

I hope everyone is surviving the cold and dark and general after Christmas-ness. Its hard work for sure.
I like January from a work perspective. I always feel ready to create and I find its a great month for creating and finalizing new ranges. In the crazy run up to Christmas I always have lots of ideas and no time to see them through so I log the ideas and put them into work in January. So, that said there are lots of new products on their way for you guys.

I thought I would share a few photos today of work in progress. I like sharing work in progress.
 First up are our new Segment Drop Studs, I have been using this lovely brass shape for a little while now and thought it would be fantastic as a pair of statement earrings. So here they are! They will be up in the shop soon to sit with our very popular Aquila Necklace I am working on another necklace to sit with them, we will see how that works out.
 Next up are these FABULOUS leatherettes (above) that arrived in the post this morning. They had me spinning round in the studio with excitement this morning. For the Autumn 2014 season we added some super leatherette clutches and purse. Well, they turned out to be very popular and as you have probably gathered I am a little bit of a colour addict so the next step was to introduce so eye popping colours for Spring. Watch this space for our progress. I think you are going to like the results. As we have done with the gold/grey combo we will be mixing the eye popping colours for a less subtle look!
 Above are more leatherette samples gathered for inspiration. Why leatherette and not leather? Well, I like leatherette, its as simple as that. Its easy to work with, sews like a dream so it makes production very easy. It comes in lots of fantastic colour's. It wipes clean. And if you don't like leather (vegetarian or vegan perhaps) its great for you. We are not using it as a cheap alternative to leather (good quality leatherette like we use is not cheap!) Its a great fabric that makes great purses and clutches. End of story.
Last in our little tour is a grey/gold version of our Aquila Necklace In the run up to Christmas Custom Made took part in the Poundshop at the ICA. Very exciting for us! Well the Poundshop team asked me to design a second colourway of the necklace and thats how the grey/gold combo came about. We have a few extras here at CM HQ so they will be going in the shop very soon.

Thats it for now.

Anna, CM

Monday, January 05, 2015

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year everyone.
The Custom Made office is back in full action today after a lovely Christmas break. We have been sneaking in and out of the office from time to time over the Christmas period to keep things in order but today is the first official day back.

We did a huge haul to the post office today so all your orders placed over the holidays are on their way.

Thank you so much to everyone who shopped with us this Christmas season making 2014 the best Christmas yet. All of you who shopped in our online shop, at all our superb stockists and the lovely fairs we did in the run up to Christmas- THANK YOU!

I am pretty much overwhelmed with the response to our little brand and thank goodness we started Christmas in July!

I am very excited about 2015 with lots of new products planned for the year. There will be a couple of new items to tell you about in the next week or so and new collections coming after.

I cant see how I will ever tire of this work life!

Anna, CM

Monday, December 08, 2014

Busy Weekend!

Christmas fairs are in full swing and this weekend we have a double weeeknd (Saturday and Sunday)
Info below-
First up is Saturday at Crafty Fox in Peckham. Do come along its going to be excellent with a superb line up of designers and makers selling their wares plus music and tea and cake. I'm hoping the The Teas Knees, resident Crafty Fox teas shop with have their delish apple toffee cake MORE INFO HERE

Then Sunday its fun fun fun all over again at the Bust Christmas Craftacular. 70 vendors, workshops, food, music, Rob Ryan etc. Its a new venue this year that looks super fun MORE INFO HERE

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Renegade Craft Fair next weekend...

Heads up delightful people. Its that time of year again. Renegade Craft Fair is coming to London next weekend! Yes, there will be two days of shopping delights at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.
Its our third Renegade in London but our 7th over all! Wow. Yes, we have been all over with the fair including London, Chicago and Austin.
We have a little heads up for you. Because its Christmas we have some rather delightful limited edition pieces for the the fair AND each day we will have a little gift for the first 15 shoppers. That's the first 15 of Saturday and the first 15 on Sunday. 
We have made a lovely little selection of pins featuring all sorts of little charms. There are acorns, anchors, keys, and a couple of little animals. 
Hope to see you there, come early and grab a little gift!
Anna, CM 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Christmas Events Update...

We have additions to our Christmas fair roster. So here is a new and full list for you. Hope to see you there!
Custom Made will be trading at RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR LONDON info HERE
Custom Made will be trading at the CRAFTY FOX MARKET at Farr's in Dalston, London info HERE
Custom Made will be trading at the WINTER VILLAGE, HACKNEY  in London, info HERE
Custom Made will be trading at the CRAFTY FOX MARKET at The Bussey Building in Peckham, London, info HERE
Custom Made will be trading at the BUST MAGAZINE CRAFTACULAR, the Islington Metalworks, London, info HERE
Custom Made will be trading at DESIGNERS/MAKERS Old Spitalfields, London info HERE

Friday, October 17, 2014

New stockist alert!


Well...we are in full swing Christmas prep here at CM HQ. We have been booking lots of Christmas fairs and getting stock in order for the craziness of November and December. I will tell you all about our fairs later. Today I just want to update you on a new stockist. This is very exciting because its in Oxford. Yay! Our home town.
The shop is called Love Your Plane, and as you can see they sell superb design led gifts and prints etc. The shop is run by Amy & Josh who also make superb furniture. If you are in Oxford you should visit. Its 247 Iffley Road.

Anna, CM
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