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.
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” ......😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🎀
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!!!
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.
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