For a limited time, the handmade and vintage marketplace, Etsy.com is offering £5 off your first order. To sign up and claim your discount (we suggest you shop wisely and treat a little person in your life to a Mimi & Will t-shirt), simply follow this link.
We had a visit to Smile Acorns, the first retail outlet where you can buy a small selection of t-shirts from our range! Located on lovely farmland in the North West of England, Smile Acorns is run by Emma, a fellow mum and maker of lovely childrenswear.
The shop is part of a larger farm complex, called Inglenook Farm. Other shops on site include a guitar shop, traditional farm shop showcasing the best of the region’s local produce, including Lytham Coffee, and the main product of the farm itself – essential oils and soaps from the fields of lavender growing outside! The stars of the show at the moment have to be the newly-arrived twin baby goats.
There’s also a traditional team rooms and a barn for hire. Last week was an Easter fun day for children, but chickens were also welcome, and keen to get stuck in!
You can find Smile Acorns just off what my dad calls ‘the Southport Road’, or the A570 as the rest of us know it. It’s close to Haydock, but even with race meet traffic on a busy Saturday, we drove there in about half an hour from the outskirts of Manchester. A good time was had by all (I went with my daughter, niece, nephew, dad and sister – a real family day out!)
After a blogging hiatus at the start of 2014, we’re back with some Mimi and Will news. Behind the scenes we’ve been beavering away with new plans for the rest of this year. We’ve been talking to a handful of very nice shops about stocking our t-shirts so that more people can discover the tops that you and your children love.
We’ve been working on our branding, and making plans for an updated website and a photoshoot now that the light is starting to last past tea time and the weather is brightening up, too.
We also have some new designs on the slate, and have been collaborating with some really exciting people from the worlds of illustration, art and design. We can’t wait to show you our new samples later in the year once our new micro collection is ready.
We’ll be back again soon with more news, thoughts and musings – we have plenty to tell you. But don’t forget in the meantime, you can always find us on Facebook and Twitter for more frequent updates – see you there!
So we’ve been a little bit quiet around these parts for a couple of weeks, but here’s what we’ve been up to:
Received, quality checked, folded and squirreled away 80% of the t-shirts you ordered via our indiegogo campaign
Had our first public appearance with actual t-shirts at Inver Cottage – thanks to their lovely patrons we are currently out of all additional stock of the Treehouse design, and down to very limited stock of Puffer
Finalised the last two designs of our original collection and continued working with exciting new designers behind the scenes for next year’s collection
We’ve been in talks with potential stockists of our collection and put plans in place for our first trade fair
Worked on the packaging for our first orders, which will be shipping soon (once said packaging and remaining 20% of orders arrive in the post!)
Discussed arrangements for the colouring books and badges so they are ready to ship with the t-shirts at the end of the month
We’ve also eaten A LOT of chips and drunk A LOT of coffee in the interests of getting things done and we also spent a couple of weeks slowing down and generally being kind to ourselves so we didn’t get ill or burnt out.
We can’t wait for the next step – to send you your packages and hear your feedback, too.
Did anyone else have to scrape ice from the car this morning? It’s getting chilly out there. Our thoughts have turned to getting cosy, and we’ve found some very nice things out there to warm up your day.
As t-shirt makers, we are also big fans of the winter layer. This basic but stylish pattern for a cover up is available from The Velvet Acorn on Etsy – crochet versions are also available, and patterns for all kinds of winter woolies come in styles which work for boys or girls.
One for the mums and dads, here. Cashmere socks are a staple of my winter evenings. This oatmeal textured pair are from Toast, which is a fine purveyor of all things toasty-making.
Although Brora.co.uk is new to me, the brand has been making fine cashmere products in the Scottish Borders for more than 200 years. They also have a very generous sale right now, with this traditional blanket for children reduced from £72 to £45.
No, it’s not just another Thursday night in at M&WHQ, we’re talking about an event taking place this Saturday at The Arches, in Glasgow. Next door to Central Station, just under the Heilanmans Umbrella, you’ll find The Arches – a great little space that’s host to every kind of entertainment, including live music, performance, art and even aliens.