Last weekend turned out to be a pretty crazy one for us. Friday evening started with pre-theatre cocktails and dinner at Islingtons’ Hoxley&Porter -the interior is the stuff of my dreams!! If I could live there and just take snaps of the plush teal velvet and dark wood furniture, House of Hackney wallpaper; and the expert barman mixing my endless drinks- I would. I would also be bankrupt. The cocktails are delicious, I went for a ‘Chipotle Off The Old Block’, while Chris had ‘Barons Tipple, all the cocktails have a colonial twist to match the decor. We’d booked, but as it was pre-theatre, it was calm,dark and moody-the perfect atmosphere for a few glamorous aperitifs. I’d painstakingly managed to secure tickets to the American Psycho Musical at the Almeida Theatre as a Christmas present, not convinced whether either of us actually enjoyed Musicals’ or Matt Smith (the now ex-Doctor Who). We emerged ardent fans of both! The acting and American accents were superb, with the black humour of the original book conveyed brilliantly and powerfully through rousing 80s power ballads we couldn’t get out of our heads. I would also highly recommend the Almeida as a venue, as it’s small enough to feel intimate wherever you sit- (even if it does take you 3 solid hours of screen refreshing to book tickets!).
Cocktails at Hoxley&Porter
American Psycho @ The Almeida Theatre
Needless to say, the next day was a pretty late start with us both feeling slightly groggy after overindulging in the best possible way. A quick bleary scan of Twitter and Facebook, made me realise the day wasn’t quite going to be the lazy Saturday I’d pictured. I’d somehow missed on my weekly patrols, that Liberty were hosting their Best of British event-starting at 9am sharp, it was already 11, and having just had 2 weeks off for Xmas, we had zero products made up!
The Best of British Design Open Call is an event hosted by Liberty offering British designers the unique opportunity to present and showcase their finest wares to the Buying Department-as a new stationery business whose ultimate goal is to sit in the incredible ground floor stationery department , this was an opportunity that could Not be missed!
A manic few hours ensued of cutting, folding, hand-stamping and (arguing) assembling, but we just about had a range together of our envelopes, cards and gift-tags to present to our dream stockist! We still didn’t know if all this faintly hungover excitement would result in a wasted trip as we hadn’t pre-registered and queues had begun at the break of dawn, but we had to try! Upon finally arriving at Liberty, and being misdirected a few times ,we scraped in just as the event was about to close and luckily it turned out to be a very worthwhile trip. We’d never needed a Starbucks so much in our lives afterwards, and feeling faintly proud of ourselves had a Very late lunch..or ‘Drunch’ as we’ve coined it at Wahaca in Soho…no substitute for the real Oaxaca but a nice reminder of the Mexico we left behind in the Summer.
A quick look round Gods Own Junkyards amazing neon display in Selfridges
The working weekend continued on Sunday as we had tickets for Top Drawer, a specialist stationery show and part of the larger Home London show which showcases thousands of design-led exhibitors twice a year. It was a great chance for us as a new stationery business to see what was going on in the stationery market, and also the wider interior and craft sectors. We also took full advantage of the seminars being held, and went to an excellent talk by the Head Buyer at Fortnum and Mason;-another dream potential stockist of ours, and a very informative discussion on social media by Justyna Sowa of Decorum Media.
A productive weekend all-round, and proof that sometimes being pro-active is key!