Since I last wrote, we have progressed almost every aspect of our business. From carrier bags and swing tags to the mobile shop and the garments themselves, we feel we are closer than ever to launching our unique, hand crafted clothing range which has been inspired most by the Cornish way of life.
Our t-shirts are made from 100% organic cotton. We strongly believe that the environment we love and enjoy has to be protected, and this theme continues throughout our business. Our carrier bags are made from recycled paper. We see a lot of plastic carrier bags ending up in the harbour, on the beaches, twisted up in fishing nets and damaging the wildlife of local ecosystems. So, instead of creating more damaging plastic bags, we print our own paper bags. Each one ends up slightly different, but that is all part of the custom feel, isn’t it?
A member of the HCC family and team is studying for a degree in Surface Pattern Design at Leeds College of Art. Being so far away, we don’t get to see her all that often and rarely for long periods of time. The Easter holiday has provided us with an opportunity to perfect our print techniques and test all of our designs out on our garments. We are delighted with the results and cannot wait to share them with you. We are in the process of wearing our garments, testing them out, washing them again and again, just to put them to the test.
Our mobile shop now looks fairly different from the outside. As well as sealing the final gap letting water in, rehoming the more resilient spiders and building some made-to-measure shelves, we have painted our 1970s caravan in the livery of a Cornish fishing trawler. Having spent a long time imagining how this may look, we opted for the traditional navy, white and dark red theme which is common not only on Cornish fleets, but industrial boats from all over the world. The decals are in a brown roll tube in the print room as we speak, but as soon as they are on, you will be the first to see.
We have also taken delivery of our custom labels and tags, that are all lovingly hand stitched into our garments. As you can imagine, several rooms of our family home have been inundated with garments, labels, printing supplies and don’t forget what’s on the drive-way!