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Our Shiny New Wedding Stationery Range hits the road!

Ok so the blogging once a week goal slipped quickly, but still I’ve just about made it to twice in 1 month, so that’s still a big New Years’ tick in my book! Anyway I have an excuse, we have been very busy bees at CL.AM HQ focusing on expanding and jazzing up our existing Wedding stationery range, ahead of a busy wedding fair season.

After a very positive reaction to our small wedding collection in our 1st year, culminating in a super exciting ‘Best Newcomer’ nomination by the lovely team at Perfect Wedding Magazine, we have decided to immerse ourselves in all things W-Day. We have not one, but three new design collections to share with you today… soooo drum roll please; introducing BOHEMIA, DECO and MARBLED!

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Bohemia was designed with the free-spirited festival, tee-pee, relaxed barn hoe-down-esque Wedding in mind. With a burst of pretty whimsical Spring florals, it is available in a luxury folding card with RSVP or as a flat double-sided invitation, along with co-ordinating Save the Date, RSVP and Evening Reception invitations. Braids and floral beards optional…..DECO-MAINDECO-INVITE

If you’re planning to be the bridal equivalent of Daisy Buchanan then Deco is for you, in a striking monochromatic art deco inspired print. This double-sided elegant design is the perfect way to announce your 1920’s inspired speakeasy of a day; cocktails and vintage champagne coupès obligatory! Co-ordinating Evening reception, RSVP and Save the Date invitations coming soon….

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We must admit we have fallen hard for the resurgence of marbling, its flowy, tonal, crafty organic wonder takes us right back to being a teen in the 90s, and a time of carefree youth. In fact this design was directly inspired by some vintage marbling of my own from the actual 1990’s-practically antique! Reworked here in dreamy breezy blues, our supercool double-sided Marbled design is a breath of fresh air, available in a choice of 3 fonts with Save the Date and RSVP co-rds.

We are kicking of the Wedding Fair Season, unveiling our new and improved wedding range, by returning to the unique, modern vintage aesthetic that is the wondrous Chosen Wedding Fair at Bristol Paintworks this Sunday. We will then be continuing our alternative wedding fair tour at the following fab events: A Most Curious Wedding Fair in London and The National Vintage Wedding Fair in Manchester.

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Hope to see you there! x

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CORRESPONDENCE AND CACTI; A WEEKEND OF LONDONS’ BEST MARKETS

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Our stall at The crafty Fox Market, and envelope pack close up. All wares available at http://www.cl-am.com

So this weekend kicked off market season with a bang, with our very first market being The Crafty Fox Market in Peckham’s Bussey Building. For anyone that came along-we thank you-and I think all were agreed it was a wondrous Saturday with some of the finest designer/makers in the biz, yummy food and cocktails, screen-printing workshops and more, all set against some great DJ sets in Peckham’s art hub. The turnout exceeded our expectations, and we loved meeting and selling directly to our new customers; it was really rewarding and useful for us to get first-hand feedback on our stationery wares, from Londons’ finest.

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CL.AM notebbok packs, and the Crafty Fox Market in full swing

 

We met so many lovely people, customers and fellow crafters alike, and are already excited and gearing up for our 2nd market this month. Crafty Fox Market 2 lands in Brixton’s music/arts pub venue Dogstar, on Saturday 26th April 11-5pm, and we will be there in the upstairs ‘Uncovered’ area with fellow new London talent. Check the Market website for more details, and come along for what promises to be a super 2nd Weekend of local and unique shopping, eating and drinking!

One of the questions we noticed coming up a few times on the stall was ‘How much are the cacti’? I had taken them as display items to add the right feel to our stall, but it hadn’t occurred to me that people would assume they were for sale too! As they were the cacti I had used to decorate the tables at our wedding, and managed to keep Alive for almost a year, I wasn’t really up for selling them. However, one must never ignore public demand, and as fellow cacti enthusiasts we decided to make it a Market-marathon weekend (the only kind of marathon I’m interested in) and head to Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday. 

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Peonies and succulents on a sunny sunday at Columbia Road Flower Market

It was a gloriously sunny day in London, which meant most of London had also had the same idea-crowd control aside it was the perfect antidote to many weekends of market preparation in our workshop at home. There were succulents and flowering cacti aplenty, and we stocked up on some colourful specimens for our garden living wall, and Crafty Fox 2. 

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Stalls jam-packed at Columbia Road Flower Market, and our colourful purchases

Always having one eye print-watching, we spotted a plethora of vibrant tropical Mens’ and Womenswear, which greatly pleased me and proved that men of all ages are not shying away from bold Hawaiian-esque print this season-in East London at any rate!

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Clockwise from top: A Dries tropical tapestry bomber, East end flower seller goes Hawaiian at Columbia Road, vintage Ralph Lauren Polo tropical print Mens’ shirt, my mono-tropical scuba tee

After looking round the ever-growing collection of kitsch and unique shops along Columbia Road and beyond, including my personal favourite Milagros Milagros. A one-stop Mexican handicraft haven that took me right back to Oaxaca, we ended the perfect Sunday with a sun-dappled stroll along Regent’s Canal to grab some 241 Mint Julep’s at John Salt in Angel-bliss!

If you’re a fan of correspondence and cacti alike, we look forward to seeing you in Brixton on the 26th 🙂

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WEEKEND POST: Our new weekly feature rounding up of the top hits of our wknd

So it was the weekend of epiphany, the 1st weekend of January, the 1st weekend back home for many after the fun and festivities of Christmas and New Year’s; the weekend the decorations finally had to be stripped, and discarded sorry looking trees lined the pavements. Did we choose to wallow, and weep and swear we wouldn’t eat, drink or be merry for the rest of January like so many others claim as their top resolution…Hell No!!

After living out of a miniature 1-wheeled suitcase for 2 weeks, I was ready to embrace being back in London with Full Force; being away from home this Xmas really made me appreciate how diverse, thriving and endlessly cool the city I call home is (and how much I love my own bed!). 

First stop was a trip to our new (now) fave local Brooks and Gao for a delicious late lunch of Aberdeen Angus steak focaccia, and an expert latte-an excellent antidote to what felt like months living on cold cuts, cheese and crackers. The vibe is slick industrial decor, concrete walls, and quirky details like the Worcester Cathedral spoon-which was eerily apt as Chris is from Worcester! Next up was a much needed dose of CL.AM research so we headed to Camden Passage in Angel, browsing the antique stalls and favourites like Present&Correct and  Smug which houses a host of amazing independent artists, and designers from fashion, to stationery to interiors. 

After touring Upper Street, we were flagging slightly, so popped into 69 Colebrooke Row for an impromptu restorative cocktail; and we were certainly not disappointed. The 20s-esque interior is fairly small and unassuming with cocktails devised by master mixer Tony Conigliaro, we went for a delicious Royal Oak and St James’ Gate and were brought complimentary nibbles and Prairie Oysters which is a rare treat in a London speakeasy style cocktail bar! 

Thoroughly restored and after a bout of Xmas voucher spending, we were in the mood for more cocktails so decided to stop at Brixton Village on the way home and were V excited to find that Rosie’s Deli Cafe had turned into Sean’s bar by night. The place was packed with a super selection of soul music making for a great Sat night  atmosphere, and cocktails, wine and nibbles will be served every Thurs-Sat 6-11pm.

In love with London all-over again!

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Clockwise: Brooks&Gao, 69 Colebrooke Row, Sean’s Bar, SMUG

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