After a busy couple of years since starting our Pretty Pash adventures, Jayne, Jess and I have made the monumental steps of sourcing British made scarves.
We already make sure that our boxes, tissue paper, stationary are made here in the UK, but now we want to see what else we can find to help the UK economy and local artisans. So we did our research and based on our most popular items, we have found British silk which we can fashion in to two different sized sets of scarves. What is most brilliant is that the week after we made the purchase for our trial run, Jayne read an article about how silk scarves are not just for grannys (I remember nan's collection of square silk scarves that I used to play with regularly) but for generations of today! Hooray!
I have spent the afternoon mapping out a new section which we are calling 'Brilliantly British' and writing descriptions for you, our pashmina loving customers. Fingers crossed that this is all finished in time for Christmas!
Anyone keen on a sneaky peek, scroll down.
Equally as exciting as the above and the sense of relief that we can keep ourselves local, is the new addition to the Pretty Pash family who will be finishing our silk scarves by hand using her very skilled and nimble fingers. Each scarf has to be cut to size, the the sides are hemmed by rolling and making tiny stitches at regular intervals. Whilst I have offered my services, Jayne has reminded me that I don't know a straight line when I see one; Jess has two little ones to keep tabs on so we can't make her sew rather than getting some much needed r'n'r when the little ones have gone to bed; and Jayne has rheumatoid arthritis which doesn't stop her from hemming silks, but does slow her down. So we have gone out of house and found someone who knows a straight line, who loves to sew, who has nimble fingers, and finds the whole experience relaxing. (More on this local artisan in a later post!)
Needless to say, I am rather excited (mainly because I had visions of my scarves being very wonky....). I will write again when the pictures are up.