A Fair Trade Road Trip
I managed to escape Hay on Wye for a couple of days recently to visit my friend Corin (who always beats me at Words with Friends, the know-all) who is in the process of moving from Market Harborough to Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury is a lot closer but I'd been promising for ages to visit and it offered a good excuse to visit some of our fair trade friends.
First stop was Just the Fair Trade Shop in Leicester, run by the lovely Kerry & Sarah. They have a fantastic selection over two floors, and it definitely felt like being in a like-minded shop. Like us they stock a wide range of wonderful wooden toys from Lanka Kade, who I'd hoped to visit as well but ran out of time in the end. They also had lovely clothes upstairs, and a great choice of fair trade food and drinks. It was inspiring to meet such committed people who have been trading for much longer than we have. Sadly my poor photographic skills caught Kerry with her eyes shut but it was an hour very well spent.
From Leicester I drove south to Northampton, the home of our good friends What Daisy Did. Ably assisted by Sarah I managed to find their unit on a fairly anonymous industrial estate on the outskirts of town. Inside, however, it was a different story - a multitude of their bags downstairs, along with prototypes of their new Wayfarer collection. Upstairs, the talented Dawn was sewing new stock items in the workshop area.
The great news is that What Daisy Did have just succeeded in their Kickstarter for the Wayfarer collection! This means that the designs can definitely go ahead. However it's not too late to get involved - you can still pledge here.
It was such a pleasure to meet Sarah, Ozric, Daisy and baby Tilly and see their plans for the future start to come to fruition. We wish them every success!