For the past 6 years, we have been running markets where designer makers come together to sell their beautiful products directly to consumers. Beyond simply shopping, these events give makers the chance to tell their stories about each product and the making process. We call it shopping with soul. Not just because of the soundtrack that the DJs provide but because each transaction supports a real person that you can talk to and learn from while you shop. In the run up to each event we proudly list our makers on our website. Over time, we noticed that these listings were receiving a lot of traffic and that there was demand for a curated online directory of talented makers.
And so, in September shoppingwithsoul.co.uk was launched!
How to Shop the Directory
You can shop by category or simply search by name using the A-Z if you are looking for someone in particular.
Each maker’s profile tells their story along with some pictures to illustrate. You can also find out what region they are based in. See something you like? Click the 'shop' link to visit their online shop and continue your journey. Looking for ideas? Check out the 'inspiration' section which highlights products around a particular theme. The latest post is 'Trick or Treat Yourself' - a Halloween themed edit.
We know that our trader listings also gain attention from trade buyers. By trade we mean department store buyers, independent shop owners, bloggers, journalists etc. Our events are a great way to discover fresh talent and learn about new trends. On shoppingwithsoul.co.uk, each profile includes specific information about whether a maker offers wholesale and commissions and also direct contact details. As the site develops, we plan to introduce more targeted content for our trade audience. You can sign up to the trade mailing list here.
Are you a designer/maker? Want to Join?
We will be inviting more makers to the site before the end of November with the aim of making the most of the festive shopping season. Entries to the directory are by invitation only but you can express your interest here by 29th October. We are looking for makers with good quality photography and a diverse range of products. Following this, the next update to the directory will in May 2017. There is a fee payable and membership is for 6 months.
What our traders say -
"Just want to say how delighted I am with being in the directory - so much traffic and a number of sales directly from it. So thank you for inviting me in to this great initiative - it is amazing what a difference it makes when you are exposed to a high proportion of the 'right' audience!
Debbie Carne - alijoedesigns