It has been a bit quiet here but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy… Just the opposite.
Early March, I decided to fly to Senegal for a month for a much-needed break and to obviously work on La Basketry.
I remember booking my plane tickets the week London was covered in snow as I couldn't face another week of dreadful weather.
Conscious that La Basketry was turning 1 in May - it was important for me to take a step back and look back at everything we’ve established in Year 1 plus also recharge my batteries ahead of a very busy second part of 2018...
As Mamy heads the logistics part of the business, I was keen to get on the ground and 'analyse' how our business is operating. We're getting more and more enquiries from shops around the world and it is key for us to create a strong supply chain and sustainable business for our artisans while still ensuring quality standards.
I was also very excited to catch up with the artisans and discuss new designs. To celebrate our first anniversary, we will be welcoming a new collection of storage bowls, woven trays, laundry baskets and a baby changing basket that I designed.
I'm still desperate to launch a bicycle basket but I'm not 100% happy with the samples we've created so it's back to the drawing board...
I also took some time to work on some new content including videos as we’re now planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help us take the business to the next level. More in a separate post...
Personally, it was also necessary for me to take a break and switch off - I’ve been living and breathing La Basketry every day for the past year and needed to take a step back to come back stronger and more focused.
Obviously being in Senegal was ideal as I could make the most of the weather, the beaches, spending time with family but also remind myself why I started this business and our mission.
Our new collection will launch early May and our crowdfunding campaign via Instagram at the end of May.