I hope you all have had a lovely weekend Magpies, whether you joined in with Valentines or not. Horace appreciated all his Valentines cards and gifts: Thank you if you sent him a greeting.

As I write this week’s article I am actually away, sadly not on a romantic weekend but buying again and meeting new and existing suppliers to look at the autumn / winter Collections for this year; a Magpies Work is never done!

Over the last few weeks I have been travelling all over the country attending trade shows and meeting with suppliers to make sure the products we have in the nest are the best available and to keep my eyes open for any up and coming new designers that would be a great fit for the nest.

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As an independent retailer, it can be really easy to get distracted by the day to day work and pressures of running a business. That’s why I always make sure I get to as many shows as possible because I find that the shows and meeting suppliers gives me a valuable insight into season’s trends and some inspiration for new lines, brands and displays.

Being away from the business also gives me a good chance to think outside the box, look at new products and keeps me up to date with industry knowledge. This insight is then shared amongst our staff and we spend our time swatting up, so that we can share the information learnt with you, our customers.

There are some beautiful colours and prints coming through for the autumn and winter collections: we have got a few favourites already that we know won’t disappoint you.

Tomorrow will be the last leg of my autumn / winter season trade and supplier meetings, which will be my favourite to date. I will be meeting with Radley & Tula and they have invited me to the beautiful setting of Goldsborough Hall, Knaresborough to have a little lunch and look at the new print range.

I am keen to see how Tula’s design and revamp will translate through from the bright and modern feel of spring / summer. One thing is for sure, the bags will look stunning in the regal setting of this country house.goldsborough

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