18-21 July 2021
keyboard_arrow_left See all news

Recent News

Jordan Evans / 09 Apr 2020
Ensuring customers are stylish from top to toe, with their lovely range of stylish socks...
Kate Hardcastle / 08 Apr 2020
Kate Hardcastle MBE, often referred to as The Customer Whisperer, is a leading expert in...
Kelly Grant / 07 Apr 2020
As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Home & Gi...
Jordan Evans / 02 Apr 2020
The brain-child of environmental and social entrepreneur, Evan Lewis, Bristol-based VENT...
Jordan Evans / 01 Apr 2020
A Celebration Of Snail Mail
As we move into April the US is celebrating National Letter and Card Writing Month but, ...
31 Mar 2020
Harrogate Convention Centre commissioned as temporary NHS hospital
You may have seen some media reports regarding one of the Home & Gift Show’s venues, t...
Little Blue Nest / 25 Mar 2020
Uninspired by the abundance of typical baby textile patterns on the market when she beca...
PR Dispatch / 20 Mar 2020
3 ways for small businesses to move forward in uncertain times
The current challenging and tough climate is forcing a lot of small business owners to f...
19 Mar 2020
COVID-19: Home & Gift 2020 to run as planned
Home & Gift Harrogate has been a key date in the retail calendar for 60 years, bringing ...
Vintage Child / 12 Mar 2020
The Road To A Sustainable Supply Chain- The Story of Vintage Child
Last year, Vintage Child donated enough to conservation charities to offset their CO2 em...
LIGA / 04 Mar 2020
Behind the Brand LIGA
Turning trash into charm and debris into beauty, LIGA capitalise on the power of recycli...
Wild & Wolf / 28 Feb 2020
In the quest to become the world’s most thoughtful gifting company, Wild & Wolf have g...
Heartful Cards / 08 Jul 2019
Josie Wood explains why her cards speak from the heart...
Tianquis / 04 Jul 2019
After 20 years of growing success, sterling silver jewellery brand Tianguis Jackson has ...
Brainstorm / 03 Jul 2019
Behind The Brand Brainstorm
Brainstorm Ltd is a leading provider of educational toys. We are dedicated to creating h...
27 Jun 2019
The 8 reasons you won’t want to miss Home & Gift 2019
At its core, retail is an industry powered by people and, with 85% of professionals stil...
Seddon and Davison / 20 Jun 2019
BEHIND THE BRAND Seddon and Davison
Learn how Mark's original photography has been used to create beautiful design led gifts...
20 Jun 2019
Behind the Brand Parlane
Behind the Brand Parlane takes us through their best selling products and what we can ex...
19 Jun 2019
The Best Dressed and Best Hats of the Royal Ascot 2019
The Royal Ascot has started and although it’s primarily about the races, it’s also a...
Jordan Evans / 17 Jun 2019
Home & Gift reveals most inspiring speaker line-up to date
Ahead of its 59th edition this July, renowned retail buying event Home & Gift has reveal...
Gibsons Games / 17 Jun 2019
Great games gravitate.....
Orla Kiely / 13 Jun 2019
Behind The Brand - Orla Kiely
Orla Keily explains us what her key products are for the season and why her iconic brand...
Victoria Turner / 10 Jun 2019
The Harrogate Girl's Guide
Local blogger The Harrogate Girl shares wit us her top places to visit in the town when ...
28 May 2019
Behind the Brand Wild & Wolf
Behind the Brand Wild & Wolf, reveals their new launches for 2019 and how they stay rele...
28 May 2019
Behind the Brand Orli Jewellery
Behind the Brand Orli Jewellery gives us a sneak peak at the the brand's newest collecti...
16 May 2019
Behind the Brand Tweedmill Textiles
Behind the Brand Tweedmill Textiles explains how the key to long term success lies in th...
14 May 2019
Gift of the Year 2020 to launch at Home & Gift
The Gift of the Year 2020 competition will officially be launched at this year’s Home ...
30 Apr 2019
Behind the Brand Stone Glow Candle
Behind the Brand Stone Glow Candle talks about how they create their wonderful candles a...
30 Apr 2019
Behind the Brand Halilit
New Behind the Brand Halilit, talks about how the company has been running for over 30 y...
Caroline Gardner / 11 Apr 2019
BEHIND THE BRAND Caroline Gardner
Caroline Gardner reveals how her distinctive style and designs make her stand out from t...
22 Mar, 2019
keyboard_arrow_left See all news

Behind the Brand Lanther Black

Welcome to our new series of Behind the Brand! 
On this week's edition we are excited to invite Lanther Black to take part in our new blog initiative so you can find out more about their latest ranges and what they have planned for the year ahead.

Introduction to your brand

Hello, we're Dominique & Jack, the people behind Lanther Black. Our creative partnership began almost ten years ago when we started writing and directing short films together, which was great but really cold and wet. You see, when you don't have the financial backing of Netflix which, you may be alarmed to discover, we didn't, you find yourself shooting outside a lot. Now, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the climate of Essex is somewhat tropical because of our residents' ability to keep up a permanent tan, but you'd be mistaken. The truth is, it's no sunnier here than the rest of the country, we just have many, many tanning salons. In fact, it was on a particularly sunless October shoot when we found ourselves waist high in the sea holding our camera equipment above our heads (a simple miscalculation when reading the tide tables) that we turned to each other and said, "We need to get an indoor job." [Enter Lanther Black.] We made a list of all the things that we could make and then we ranked them by the amount of outdoor exposure required. What we were looking for was a product that could absolutely, under no circumstances be allowed to get cold and wet. And then we found it: greeting cards.

What makes our company stand out from the rest?

Three things. Firstly, we have a terrible name. Other companies have really catchy names that generate just the right emotion or tell you exactly what they do. We, on the other hand, inadvertently chose a name that would mean absolutely nothing to anyone. Moreover, we included a word that nobody could pronounce, spell or understand, which is essentially the holy trinity of rubbish words. Secondly, we approach our greeting cards from a different perspective. We try to create worlds which we populate with fun and interesting characters and then we tell their stories. Every card in our collection tells a story, either our own or those of our friends and family. "That's just like making films!" we hear you cry. Well done Poirot. You've stumbled upon the great secret that lies behind our badly named facade. Use the power wisely. And thirdly, neither of us on our own has the complete set of skills required to create a greeting card so we have to do it together. Dominique writes the titles and does the illustrations which she then hands over to Jack to be painted and turned into cards. It is probably this collaboration that gives us quite a distinctive style. We actually function like this in most areas of life. If we were on our own, we'd be resigned to only eating half a roast dinner for the rest of our lives.

Could you tell us about your latest collections / ranges?

Despite the growing popularity of Essex as a tourist destination and its rich history of organised crime, we thought it might be nice to see what the rest of the world had to offer so we decided to pack our pens and pencils and see a bit of Europe whilst the data roaming was still free. In true Lanther Black fashion, Dominique booked the flights and Jack took care of the Airbnbs and off we went. From Oslo to Vienna, from Berlin to Bordeaux, we took in the sights and sampled the local delights. Actually, in Copenhagen we sampled nothing more than frozen pizza and tap water because anything else would've bankrupted us. We documented each city with an illustration which we've now turned into a brand new range of greeting cards called 'Wonderful World'. We also added in a few fake ones because if social media has taught us anything it's, "Make everything look better than it really was."

What can we expect from you at Home & Gift 2019?

You can definitely expect us to be there. We've already booked our accommodation and we went for the cheaper option which is non-refundable so there's no turning back now. In any case, we wouldn't miss it because it's our favourite show of the year and we should point out that the charming Home and Gift representative currently stood over us as we write this is in no way pressuring us to say so. We'll be releasing some fantastic new additions to our hugely popular Christmas range. We know it's frowned upon to blow your own trumpet but it seems unhygienic to let anyone else do it. Every year we worry that our best ideas for the range are behind us and that we're on the slow and miserable descent into failure but we're fairly confident that we've outdone ourselves this year and we're going to go as far as saying that there'll be at least a smattering of new bestsellers in the collection. You can also expect us to be at the first night drinks party with a beverage in each hand, one for us and one for 'a friend'.

Watch out for the next edition of Behind the Brand coming soon...

Processing. Please wait.