20 July-20 August 2020
Home & Gift 2021
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Jordan Evans / 21 Jul 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Tweedmill
For decades Tweedmill has been delighting buyers and customers alike with their gorgeous...
Jordan Evans / 01 Jul 2020
Home & Gift Virtual schedule revealed
The organisers of Home & Gift have announced the launch of Home & Gift Virtual 2020, a t...
Celine Dibert, Press Loft / 24 Jun 2020
Getting ready for Christmas PR
Christmas happens twice in the world of PR. Every year, around mid-June to mid-July, bra...
Jordan Evans / 24 Jun 2020
Behind The Brand: Devaiya Oils
After experiencing the benefits of essential oils for herself, Ruby Sagu knew she needed...
Jordan Evans / 23 Jun 2020
Gift of the Year launches Gifts of Hope Awards
The Giftware Association has been so inspired by the specialist products, ranges and he...
Caroline Gardner / 10 Jun 2020
The Art of Journaling with Caroline Gardner
There are plenty of reasons that journaling is on the rise and becoming increasing popul...
Jordan Evans / 09 Jun 2020
#GiftThemThanks: New campaign ‘gifts’ back to key workers
The Giftware Association (GA), is calling on its members and gift companies across the U...
Jordan Evans / 04 Jun 2020
Meet The Maker: Sue Pryke
With a background firmly rooted in the crafts, Sue Pryke has built a career that has see...
Jordan Evans / 28 May 2020
4 Free Tools for Amazing Content Creation
From engaging blog posts to a captivating social media strategy, it’s never been more ...
Ian Pattison, Google Cloud / 27 May 2020
The Future of Retail: 2020
Ian Pattison, Head of Customer Engineering, Retail CPG & Travel at Google Cloud has shar...
Jordan Evans / 26 May 2020
NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH: The sculpture celebrating and supporting the NHS
Created by sculptor Thomas Meadows and the artisans in their Exmoor workshop, Clapping H...
Jordan Evans / 21 May 2020
Facebook shakes up the world of e-commerce with the launch of Shops
Shaking up the world of e-commerce with the launch of Shops, retailers will now have the...
Halcyon Naturals / 15 May 2020
The Halcyon Naturals simple guide to lifting low moods
Mood management can be easily done at home as part of your daily routine to stay in happ...
Jordan Evans / 13 May 2020
How Instagram is helping foster small business love
This week Instagram launched their ‘Support Small Business’ sticker, giving its user...
Jordan Evans / 12 May 2020
3 reasons you should have a Pinterest marketing strategy
Used by more than 300 million people world-wide each month and reporting a 60% year-on-y...
Tea Robinson / 05 May 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Eleanor Tomlinson
With over 200 bespoke commissioned artworks under her belt, Yorkshire born & bred artist...
Jordan Evans / 30 Apr 2020
HOME & GIFT LAUNCHES HARROGATE @ HOME
The organisers of the Home & Gift show have today announced the launch of Harrogate @ Ho...
Kat Maclennan / 24 Apr 2020
How to Plan for an Impactful Re-opening
As a Visual Merchandising Consultant, Kat Maclennan has spent her career collaborating w...
Jordan Evans / 22 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND We Love Seasons
We Love Seasons focuses on offering contemporary products for Easter, Halloween and Chri...
Jordan Evans / 17 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND BESPOKE AROMA
Education worker turned aromatherapist, Jo Evans, owner of Bespoke Aroma, launched her v...
Catherine Erdly / 16 Apr 2020
4 steps to create a plan of action to help your business thrive
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Charlotte Simpson / 16 Apr 2020
Top Tips for using Instagram Live and Live Video for your brand
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Jordan Evans / 09 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Peper Harow
Ensuring customers are stylish from top to toe, with their lovely range of stylish socks...
Kate Hardcastle / 08 Apr 2020
5 WAYS HOME & GIFT EXHIBITORS AND RETAILERS CAN SURVIVE THE CURRENT CLIMATE
Kate Hardcastle MBE, often referred to as The Customer Whisperer, is a leading expert in...
Kelly Grant / 07 Apr 2020
HOME & GIFT 2020 POSTPONED TO 2021
As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Home & Gi...
Jordan Evans / 02 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND VENT for Change
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...
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 ...
Jordan Evans / 25 Mar, 2020
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BEHIND THE BRAND Little Blue Nest

Hi Ila. We’re so happy to have you be a part of H&G this year. Tell us a bit about yourself and Little Blue Nest.

Hello hello! I am an Italian mama (or ‘mamma’ should I say?) and together with my husband Jamie we are the people behind Little Blue Nest. Little Blue Nest is an independent family-run UK baby brand based in The Cotswolds, specialising in organic cotton muslin products for little ones since 2016. Our name was inspired by the most favourite of all British birds, the Robin, and her beautiful and unique blue eggs. For us, the nest is a symbol of warmth, comfort, security and tradition and so our products embody these values for your little one's nest.

You’ll find us timeless yet modern, playful but stylish, with all products made to the finest quality to support your lifestyle needs as parents. We collaborate with illustrators to create original patterns inspired by nature, so all our designs are beautifully unique.

This will be our first year at the Home & Gift show and we are incredibly excited to join, especially as 2020 marks such an important anniversary for the show.



When did you start Little Blue Nest? What’s your brand story?

We launched Little Blue Nest in 2016, however our journey really started when I was pregnant with our daughter Phoebe in 2014. One of my favourite times during pregnancy was planning for her arrival, so to create a safe, comfortable nest to welcome her into the world. You can get swamped by the never-ending list of 'baby must haves’ but luckily enough my sister-in-law had just had her baby girl and she promptly gave a few precious suggestions—at the top of that list was cotton muslins.

Most of what I found at the time were basic quality, non-organic, muslins that felt harsh on the skin with fairly typical ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ patterns. They didn't feel very special and in my head, I couldn't understand why something that you use a lot in those precious early years, couldn't also be unique and long lasting, to be used over and over as your baby grows would be.

So I decided to start this journey with the goal of making an eco-friendly, sustainable baby brand that I would consider ideal for my little one. Phoebe was the inspiration behind Little Blue Nest and the person we have always kept in mind every step of the way when developing our little brand. From the nostalgic influences, the delicate colour palettes and the softness of the fabric, all design and brand decisions have been a consequence of bringing her up.

We have been incredibly lucky to have the support and help of family and friends since day one, who believed in us and fell in love with the sketches and colours of our first collection ‘Woodland friends’.

We started with four designs for swaddle blankets and then launched cot bed sheets, comforters and muslin squares in the same patterns. We’ve added new patterns and products every year since.

Have there been any specific highlights since launching your brand?

We have had many highlights, to just see everything come together was truly magical. From the initial brand concepts, the graphics, the colours, the illustrations, the products, the photography. It was a very long journey but absolutely worth it. The biggest highlight must be having the first batch of products finally in our hands for the first time and having Phoebe test them (she is a muslins connoisseur!)

I absolutely love to be part of someone’s family or someone’s journey. I get to know and speak to our customers daily, seeing their babies using our products, growing with them and coming back for more is absolutely incredible and I am truly grateful for that. It is still unbelievable to me to see thousands of mums and dads choosing us for their first or second baby and recommending us to family and friends - It is a really fulfilling feeling.

Knowing what you do now, what advice would you give to yourself when you were first starting out?

Being in full time employment at the start along with having a newborn and running a new business wasn’t easy. I had many long nights and a lot of my spare time was invested in launching and sustaining Little Blue Nest at the start.

Luckily I now work on it full time, so I would say to be patient and remember that all the hard work gets repaid eventually if you stick with it.

Can you tell us about the new collection that you’ll be launching at Home & Gift?

We are super excited to be presenting our newest collection of gender-neutral designs together with our old classic ‘woodland friends’ collection. We recently launched three new designs, all inspired by nature— ‘Blueberry’, ‘Fawn’ and ‘Bear cub’—together with four new solid colour muslin swaddles, which are designed to complement the other patterned products in the collection. All our new designs are very playful and warm, with modern in- trend colour palettes that fit perfectly in any nursery setting.

Any personal favourites from your collection?

This is a tough one. I love all our designs and I have such a deep connection with all of them for various reasons. However, I am sentimentally very close to our ‘Long ear bunny’ design because it was our very first one. I also love the ‘Bear cub’ and the ‘Blueberry’ designs from our newest collection.
 


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