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Tradition and community

Tradition and community

We have just returned from a trip to Valencia. We went to this beautiful city because they were celebrating Las Fallas - a traditional celebration of the carpenter. EVERY family and neighbourhood takes part with amazing enthusiasm and work ethic. They parade through the streets and squares wearing their very best beautifully made traditional costumes, men women and children. They walk with pride and musicians play as they walk beside them. It's amazing to be part of and to witness. There is a real sense of belonging. It got me thinking about the old Salford Whit Walks...remember them? What happened? We had that ...we had the kind of traditions we marvel about when we travel to European cities.....we had Whit Walks where it seemed every child had new shoes, socks, knickers and vests and party dresses......it was valued. It seems to me that perhaps the responsibility for the demise lands at the door of the town planning department. Did they realise what the people would lose with ‘ compulsory purchase’ of much loved homes, and building homes which they  themselves wouldn’t live in....? We will never know but it helped to destroy community and tradition. I shall always remember when Walkden Market Hall was demolished.......it had the protection of a Market’s Charter ........did you know that ? So when you go like me to other countries and admire their tradition, community and sense of belonging, admire their markets ....remember there was none better than Cross Lane Market Salford. 

I had to write this ......WHAT IS A CITY BUT IT’S  PEOPLE.

 

March 30, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Demand and supply

Demand and supply

Definition of veganism - ‘ Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products. A lifestyle that avoids all animal derived products such as meat, dairy, eggs, honey and animal derived products and as far as possible, products tested on animals’ We admire those principles and the philosophy. We have listened to our customers and we have addressed the customer demand with a great range of affordable on trend vegan bag brands Red Cuckoo and ROKA to name a few. Your response has been amazing and sales have reflected that Thank You.

"You asked and we listened".

So too can be said of our other brands you asked for unusual independent brands and we supplied them Cecilia Plaza , Soruka, LUA,  Pig Shed, and many more. Thanks go to our customers for always keeping us ahead of the game ‘You Demand and we Supply’.

Before I go a lovely customer whom I have known for many years - 30+ years!!! was in the shop as I was finishing serving a woman with 2 vegan ROKA bags we chatted and the lady left.The older lady came across to me and asked what the lady had bought ,I explained that she bought 2 vegan bags as she was a vegan ....her reply “ well you wouldn’t have known it she looked just like us” ......😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🎀

 

 

March 15, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Sunshine in February 🌞

Sunshine in February 🌞

I feel as if I shouldn’t say it, global warming and all that....but..hasn’t February been amazing! Sunglasses in February! We took a short break to Porto a week or two ago (highly recommended) and truly the weather there was not that much warmer than here in Manchester...I put an extra layer on as I was leaving the aeroplane at Manchester and had to whip it off before customs! Then .....I worried whether that might look suspicious to the Border Police (do you watch Border Control USA? - terrifying) so I quickly deliberated whether to put on a smiling face (will that look too obvious?) quickly  followed by a serious “nothing to see here“ dead pan look. Anyway I got through customs (serious face) I have no idea why, I have never tried to bring contraband into any country but I breathe a huge sigh of relief when I clear the doors.

Sunshine in Manchester!!! let alone sunshine in Manchester in February.....you have to admit it’s been an unexpected pleasure. So we decided to bring the summer stock forward and get it onto the shelves. The shop looks fab ...our new ROKA BAGS are certainly getting a positive reaction.They are super cool, urban, lightweight and unisex, perfect for travel/ work and well....just wearing. The colour range is huge ranging from subtle greys to big punchy orange, whichever colour you choose has a great urban vibe. What will March bring? Probably snow!!!

 

 

 

March 01, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Improved website

Improved website

As you may be aware we launched our new much improved website in the latter half of 2018. It was a tough year my husband Chris really put a tremendous amount of time into the vision we had. Loading the site with as much of our stock as possible (we have a lot of bags!!!!). We had guidance and practical help from @ianjames and Matt #conspicuousmarketing in Manchester, thank you to them they held our hand and made it a much easier experience. We now have an easy to use, attractive, understandable and easy to buy from website......we hope you agree. Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything we may do to improve the site for you. www.yourbagheaven.com will keep improving and thanks to you it has proved to be successful with a lot of repeat customers from all over the country and beyond.

 

February 15, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Wow .......new seasons collections

Wow .......new seasons collections

Wow ...wow ...wow Viva España 🇬🇧🇩🇪.We have got some amazing new Spanish labels for you this season, some of which we have managed to secure exclusivity in the North West....which to be honest is a real feather in our cap. All the new collections are truly head turning styles, colour combinations and finishes. ...watch this space. We will put images on the site as soon as we are able.....think tequila sunrise, pina colada and cold Rioja. These labels are truly different which hand on heart as an independent shop gives me a real buzz and signposts Bag Heaven and www.yourbagheaven.com as stores to watch. We try our best to keep abreast of new styles/colours and finishes with the intention to offer fabulous bags at the right price. We hope you agree that Spring Summer 2019 is promising to be very exciting for us and for you.🌸🌼🌻🥀🌹🌷🌺💐
February 15, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Handmade bags

Handmade bags

Great news for 2019, we have a new brand -Cecilia Plaza- which we love - it’s quirky, it’s different, it’s quality and best of all it is very affordable. Just one look at the bags and you can see it’s spanish. The bags are lovingly handmade by the artist and that personal attention to detail is immediately evident. We are super proud to have brand exclusivity and to have the opportunity to bring something different to Monton High street and www.yourbagheaven.com We have lots of new and exciting things happening for Spring and Summer 2019 so please keep watching.
February 08, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Having fun

Having fun

We’ll Christmas is over and Winter draws on ( actually I’m wearing mine now - less Julia Roberts and more Judi Dench! ). Seriously can not believe how quickly the time passes, is that age related do you think ? Think it is ....I’ve just watched the weather forecast ( of course on the BBC see I said it was age related ) and heard that snow is likely on Monday or Tuesday in the north, my initial response was, note to self get the thermals out .....and then after a minute or so ...”that will be great fun for my 2 year old grandson has he got a sledge 🛷?” I think this reaction is a phenomenon....’age delay’ truly I think it is,because I know I’m good fun and would love and enjoy playing in the snow with my grandson BUT there is a part of my brain that looks at the life numbers and decides to react in a negative way ......until that is,I quickly check myself. So my New Years resolution is to keep a check on that first response and have lots of fun in 2019. Enjoy the year ahead and have fun. The photo is a 1920 chainmail bag which I have had  since I was 14 years old.
January 19, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Happy New Year

Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. I hope you have a lovely happy and healthy year ahead. It seems only a moment ago when I was lumbering down the loft ladders with armfuls of Xmas decorations !! Next year they are going up on the 1st of December then at least I will feel I got the efforts worth (ps nobody looked in my pot cupboards/ under sink cupboard so why on Earth I clean them out before Xmas every year I don’t know BUT I guess it’s tradition.......passed from mother to daughter....it’s what we do before Xmas and I’ll probably do it until the day I die). I have to say I love my home on Christmas Eve, Xmas tree up,presents wrapped ,the smell of Xmas spice burning and then we light a log fire and the world feels right. It’s what we in our family call ‘Cosy Joe ‘ ( no idea why but we do ) .....So I hope you had a ‘Cosy Joe’ Xmas and  have a ‘Cosy Joe’ new year thank you for your continuing support, your custom and all the great chats we’ve had. X X

 

January 11, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Well Done VISA

Well Done VISA

A BIG SHOUT OUT TO VISA ❤️- their Christmas advert is terrific and has really made a difference to independent shops on YOUR high street.
December 21, 2018 by Adele Hartley
Xmas Festival of Trees (part 2)

Xmas Festival of Trees (part 2)

Just a quick update on the festival of trees at Monton Unitarian Church over the weekend. It was a great success apparently and they raised lots of much need funds for the upkeep of the Grade 2 listed church building along with a big donation for the Mustard Tree food bank. We went along yesterday morning before we opened the shop at 10am. Rev Anna had a Christmas singalong for 1/2 hour. It was great and got us right into the festive spirit.
December 10, 2018 by Adele Hartley