Our August Events

Wow, August is in sight already! After a crazy busy June and July, we have a comparably quieter month in August to catch our breath! We have most of our usual local markets in Manchester and Cheshire, and shows in Grasmere, Somerset, and Chatsworth. As ever, we will posting plenty of special offers to use on our website via twitter and our mailing list, so if you can’t make any of these events, don’t hesitate to treat yourself anyway!

Younique x

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A Nostalgic Weekend!

Well, the weekend of nostalgia at Trentham Estate was finally upon us and we found ourselves in a junk shop in Manchester on Friday hunting for a suitable outfit for that forties feel! Very glad we did, as we had a great weekend watching the characters all dressed up in their fabulous vintage attire.

Our vintage inspired satchels went down an absolute treat, and really helped complete all those lovely tea dresses for the ladies and the flat caps for the men! We set up stall with the Market Co., amongst an array of other local traders showing off their homemade crafts, food, and drink.

The swing band were brilliant, adding to a really authentic atmosphere! We were very honoured to be part of such an exciting and enjoyable weekend.

Younique x

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1940s Vintage Style

We are getting very excited about this weekend’s vintage inspired nostalgia Artisan Market at Trentham Hall, so we’re getting into the spirit with some outfit inspiration based around our beautiful vintage style Bushman leather satchel. This is the author’s very own bag of choice – I wear it EVERY day, and the gorgeously soft Scottish leather just gets more supple and stylish with age…

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Our Pop-up Shop at Cheeky Cherubs Opens!

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Not so long ago we had a very special invitation to get on board with an exciting new venture in Urmston, Manchester. Cheeky Cherubs is the creative brainchild of six entrepeneurs from the local community, and brings together a number of great ideas to create a social hub for children, families, and local businesses to come together.

Complete with a huge soft play area, an ICT suite, and a cafe and retail area, Cheeky Cherubs is a truly original venture for Urmston, and promises to be a buzzing little community space. The social centre aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle through activities based on the Early Years Foundation Framework, and is also working on an adult learning programme for the near future.

Here at Younique we have taken up the kind offer of setting up a pop-up shop in the centre, and we opened for business when Cheeky Cherubs opened their doors last weekend, and to celebrate we have left a number of 10% discount vouchers to be used when purchasing our satchels or scarves from the shop! Hurry up and grab one, when they’re gone, they’re gone!

We love working with local ventures – the more adventurous the better! Cheeky Cherubs really doesn’t disappoint on this front, and we wish them the best of luck with their project!

Further information on Cheeky Cherubs can be found at http://cheekycherubssoftplay.weebly.com/

Younique x

A Weekend of Nostalgia at Trentham Hall

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On 26th and 27th July, we are very excited to be attending a truly ORIGINAL Artisan Market at Trentham Hall Estate in Stoke-on-Trent. This event promises to be made extra special with a touch of market nostalgia, as the days when the high street was king are recreated with a war time feel!

To coincide with the commemorations of the beginning of World War 1, this event promises to put a positive spin on the memories of the era which defined so much for us Brits, and to capture the spirit of war time morale. Featuring a unique display of WW1 military vehicles alongside music from swing and jive band Friends of the Forties, guaranteed there will plenty of rocking and rolling!

The Artisan Markets are organised by The Market Co, whose sole aim is to revisit a time when the high street was the place to shop, and direct interaction with enthusiastic and specialist sellers was commonplace. With a mixture of vintage finds, homemade grub, and handcrafted gifts – the weekend at Trentham promises to live up to this expectation, and we are positive our leather satchels will bring a little vintage style fashion to the occasion!

You will find the event in the stunning grounda at The Trentham Estate, on 26th-27th July, just five minutes from Junction 15 off the M6.

See you there!

Younique x

Five Important Welsh Phrases You Need to Know

Next Monday, we are headed to Builth Wells for 2014’s Royal Welsh Show. From the 21st – 24th July we’ll be camped out in a field surrounded by all things Welsh, selling our beautiful leather Rowallan satchels.
To get us in the right mood, we are practising our Welsh this week, and we have discovered the five most essential Royal Show phrases we’ll need to know!

1. “Ble mae’r babell gwrw?”
TRANSLATION: “Where’s the beer tent”?
After a packed out summer of agricultural shows, it’s not taken us long to figure out that the beer tent is where it’s at! Buzzing with locals, traders, showmen, horsemen, royals, peasants…. The beer tent is the ideal place to be after a hot day of trotting round the shows. Always brimming with homegrown ales and nibbles, we’re hoping the Welsh don’t let us down with their local delicacies!

2. “Mae aderyn yn edrych brawychus ar eich ysgwydd …”
TRANSLATION: “There appears to be a scary looking bird on your shoulder…”
We are most looking forward to watching the falconry skills of Jonathan Marshall at this years Royal Welsh show. Not content with just peregrine falcons and golden eagles, Marshall has now begun to incorporate dancing Spanish horses and hot air balloons into his routine…. What more could you want?!

3. “Fy post yn hwyr”
TRANSLATION: “My mail is late”
…Probably because it is being delivered by the oldest and possibly most famous horse drawn Royal Mail coach in the UK! That’s right, the London-Norwich Royal Mail Coach will be trotting about on site next week, showing off it’s record breaking horseman skills. Described as a piece of living history, the coach was put out of business when the railways were invented 150 years ago. Well worth taking the kids along to see how eBay were delivering their parcels over a century ago!

4. “Na, ni fyddai i yn hoffi bathdy tenau waffer”
TRANSLATION: “No, I would not like a wafer thin mint”
Not even a very thin one. With everything from Camarthenshire cheese to gourmet butchery; homemade ice creams to Welsh oggies, guaranteed we will be spoilt for choice at the show. With plans put in place to make this year the biggest culinary year yet, we are currently starving ourselves in preparation for a few days of gourmet Welsh eating.

5. “Mae hynny’n fag lledr yn edrych yn hollol anhygoel ar chi. Mae’n rhaid i chi ei brynu.”
TRANSLATION: “That leather satchel looks absolutely amazing on you. You MUST buy it”
Yes you must, because we will be selling the best quality leather satchels you can find at the Royal Welsh Show this year. Situated in the Cottage Industries tent on Avenue 1, we stock a range of beautiful Rowallan leather bags to suit everyone from equestrian professional to vintage royalty! Pop by to try one on, and guaranteed you will fall in love with our gorgeous hand crafted leather. Even better, if you mention you saw us online we will be extra kind and offer you a loyalty discount!

We’re now fluent in everything we will need for this year’s show… So all that’s left to say is “Iechyd Da!” Bottoms up!

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Five Great Things About Yorkshire

This week, we are so excited to be in Harrogate for the 156th Great Yorkshire Show! From Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th July, we will be set up at Stand 369 selling our Rowallan leather. Yorkshire has been the hottest county in the UK this summer, thanks to some famous bike ride… So we have come up with our five favourite things that Yorkshire has contributed to the world!

5. BETTY’S BAKERY
Found in her tea rooms in Harrogate, Ilkley, and York, Betty is an absolute baking legend. Whether it’s a cream tea, a fat rascal, or a toasted teacake you’re after – Betty has it all. Sitting in the tearooms to nibble a cake is a treat in itself, and even better is her takeaway bakeries which sell the biggest range of traditional Yorkshire treats and teas in the county.BETTYS

4. YORKSHIRE TEA
If you like a good strong Northern brew, this hits the spot! Ideal for those with deep Yorkshire pockets, this is the kind of teabag that you get two pots out of, squeeze it, hang it out to dry, and brew up a third pot for good measure! Originally made to counteract the harsh waters of the Dales, the Great Yorkshire teabag is now a universally enjoyed beverage around the UK. Eee, stick tha kettl’on, eh!

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3. YORKSHIRE TERRIER
Because why not? So cute!

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2. TOUR DE YORKSHIRE
This one requires no explanation… A Gallic institution came to meet a county passionate about cycling, and it resulted in one of the biggest spectacles of Northern pride since the Olympics.

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1. GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW
What, you didn’t think we’d forgo the greatest agricultural show in the UK for a measly cycle race did you?! Whereas the Tour only lasted three days, this farming institution has been going strong for 156 summers! Packed with local traders, food and drink, and all walks of four legged life, this Yorkshire institution is not worth missing out on!

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And to celebrate all things Yorkshire, we’re offering 10% discount to all customers who mention our blog. Now thee cannet argue wi’that!

Younique x