Development of products and Etsy revamp news.
I just thought I would do a quick check in this morning. I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. We are trying our best to keep busy and are looking at aspects of the business that, for various reasons, have been low on the to do list.
I hoping to continue work on a few products that have been put on the back burner including my forever ongoing Overhead lamp. I’ve got some of the development work at a positive point but it feels like there is loads to go. I generally think products end up much better when you take time to develop them. I tend to have a good few sessions on one and then leave it for a while. When I come back to them I can soon see what bits have worked and what was not good (I was too immersed in it at the time). So, we have a long way to go but hopefully we can creep nearer over the next few weeks. – I’ll keep you updated.
We’ve also been working on our Etsy shop over the last week. It was set up a couple of years ago but had not been our best form of outlet. We had a few sales through it recently so thought it would be worth a bit of time. We will be doing some exclusive promotion through Etsy very soon, so keep your eyes to the ground.
At Mark Lowe we are always trying to be as sustainable as we can. A big part of this is being sustainable with all our packaging. We are always working on how to make our products more sustainable. We know that our customers are not the type of people to buy and then throw away objects after a year or so. Our customers buy our products to last for many years maybe even forever!
When it comes to packaging we want to do the same. Most of our products are posted in some way (see a previous blog on me driving to south Wales for an alternative). We have to make sure that whatever has been ordered will survive the journey, therefore we have to use enough packaging to protect your precious cargo.
We have updated our packaging over the last 6 months and now only use paper packaging for all our products – our shades do come in a plastic bag as this comes from our shade manufacturer. – We have found a good alternative to bubble wrap through a company called Kite packaging which does the job very well. (see picture below).
So, we will continual to work hard and be sustainable with all our packaging. I think we are doing well so far.
We thought it was important to add a notice to our website and get in touch with all our customers to explain our position, thoughts and what we are able to do.
It feels like we’ve not been in communication for a while. The world has change (at least for now). Everything feels different and strange this is new to us all.
Apart from all the problems both personal and as a business associated with Covid 19, we have had a terrible family ’emergency’. About 3 weeks ago 2 close family members were involved in a serious road traffic accident. Thankfully both are slowly recovering but it has really changed our world and this is massively compounded by Covid 19.
As I am typing this it feels like we can start to get back on track, even if it is a very different world. We will all need to get used to this way of life for a while and, as a small business, we are able to do most of our work from home. So we are aiming to get moving again. We have the materials and components to continue. We have developed some new products (before all this) and will be getting some (home done) photography and getting them on our website over the next few weeks.
Although we understand that buying interior products is not the priority right now. We do also understand that people are keen to think about life after all this and have time to think about their houses and browsing the web for future dreams or real ambitions.
All the best and keep safe
Mark and Marianne.
We were pleased to take part in the recent event at The Embankment near Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
The Makers Market is held a few times a year. We had a brilliant spot in a beautiful room to show off or product range.
marklowe.co.uk wanted to use the event as a way of enabling some of our local contacts to come and see us and be able to see all our products out on show. We got in touch with all the local interior designers we have talked to and were please to welcome a number of them over the day.
As any business person knows, it is so important to be able to talk top customers ‘in the flesh’ and for them to see our products in front of them and altogether.
We have also developed some new products that we had showcased at the event. We have a key rack in the theme of the Edie coat rack and two different shaped hardwood cutting boards that also follow the theme. We got loads of positive feedback about them. They will be coming to our shop very soon.
Next stop is ECLECTIC HOMES & INTERIORS FAIR
Sat 11 April 2020 (Shoreditch, London)
More to come very soon.
We are very please to be featured in Luxury Lifestyle Magazine.
Luxury lifestyle magazine is premium online magazine with an high emphasis on quality and luxury.
‘Luxury Lifestyle Magazine is the ultimate showcase for five-star travel, fine dining, expensive property. We publish quality over quantity as our affluent and high net readership only want to read about the brands and services that deliver on their promises. This is why the vast majority of the hotels, restaurants and consumer brands featured on this website have been road tested by our expert team of writers. Our responsibility is to connect our loyal readers with only the world’s most prestigious companies.’
Luxury Lifestyle magazine were keen to feature our products because they felt it would fit with their ethos as well as focusing on smaller British businesses. They were very keen to showcase our continuing strive for more sustainable products in all the ways we can.
We are very happy with the article and feel it reflects us well. Thank you and we will see more in the future.
Have a read Article
Come and Visit Mark Lowe at the Primary Christmas pop up
We are pleased and excited to be part of the Primary Christmas pop up again this year. Based at the Primary Studios on Seely Road, Nottingham this event always attracts a lot of top quality makers. it has become very popular over the last few years with lots of people attending to enjoy browsing, buying, eating and drinking. Each year Universal Works has had a end of stock sale throughout the 2 days. As well as makers there are food and drink sellers that make the highest quality produce. Based in the building are Lane homewares who will have a sale throughout there studio. Alongside them are the award winning Small food bakery who have a café based within the building and specialise in sourdough bread as well as many other treats.
We will be there with all our products. So if you love what we do but have only seen us online or through Instagram come and see the real thing. There will also be 10% off throughout the weekend.
Come along and visit Mark Lowe at the Primary Christmas pop up and experience all of this on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December.
We are really looking forward to being part of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester this October. The show is organised by Great Northern Events. They host a number of shows throughout the year including in Sheffield and Newcastle.
After the success of and being part of the Handmade in Oxford show (see previous blog). We wanted to grow the success of this newer venture in our business. While continuing to work with interior designers, direct selling and through outlets. We know it is so important to connect with our customers, finding out what they love about our products and what more we can do for them (for you).
So, please come along and say hello and, of course, enjoying and viewing all the other amazing makers and products on show throughout the weekend.
GNCCF Manchester http://www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk/homepage-gnccf.aspx
Venue: Upper Campfield Market Hall, Campfield Arcade, 300 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4FN (entrance via Arcade between Instituto Cervantes and Dimitris Restaurant).
Thursday 10th October* 18.00-21.00 Friday 11th October 10.00-18.00 Saturday 12th October 10.00-17.00 Sunday 13th October 10.00-16.00
See you soon and all the best Mark
We had a busy weekend at the end of June as part of the Handmade Oxford show. this is part of the Handmade Britain group who organised a few shows over the year and around the country.
We had a stand there and enjoyed meeting and talking to many people including customers as well as other stand holders.
It was a busy and well attended weekend with lovely weather.
I am sure we will be there again and at other show as well.