Buy British Day

 

BUY BRITISH DAY

 

We are really excited to hear about the first Buy British Day next Friday (3rd October). The day was officially launched by Best of Britannia – a Pop-Up department store stocking the best of British produce.  The launch of Buy British Day took place in the House of Commons and featured some of the most exciting British manufacturers, included Brompton Cycles and Walsh Footwear.

The whole aim of the event is to encourage British customers to buy more products designed and made here in Great Britain, and as a local business supporting British craftsmanship, we will be wholeheartedly supporting the day! Our Rowallan of Scotland leather satchels are handcrafted with Scottish Leather on the West coast of Scotland, and our new range of Bespoke Cambridge Satchels are lovingly designed by ourselves here at Younique UK, and individually handcrafted by one of the most talented leather Craftsmen in South Wales.

We are lucky enough to be able attend local events and markets across the UK almost every weekend, and it always amazes us how enthusiastic our customers are about buying local. These regular events are a great indicator of how popular British produce has become, and being able to deal directly with the seller creates a personal dialogue between customer and trader that buying from overseas or from big corporate stores doesn’t allow.

So on Friday 3rd October we’ll be eating Bury Black Pudding for breakfast, wearing our Fairisle jumpers, cycling our Brompton bikes, and most importantly, wearing our handmade leather satchels!

 

Handmade Bespoke Cambridge Satchels

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Our New Bespoke Cambridge Satchels

We’re very excited to announce that we are launching our own range of Cambridge Leather Satchels. Designed by us, and handmade by a talented Leather Craftsman in South Wales, this new range will be truly unique.

We’ll be offering a new bespoke service alongside our own designs – and we can work with you to design your very own satchel using a range of stunning leathers and styles.

Our Cambridge Satchels start at £60 and come in a range of sizes. They are all individual and we only have one of each style, so once they’re gone, they’re gone! Available here at our website.

Here’s a small taster of our handmade Cambridge Satchels…

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Introducing… The Man Satchel

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Fresh for Autumn, we have a gorgeous new range of Rowallan leather satchels ideal for the style savvy male! These satchels are from our luxurious Bronco range of leather, and are made from a beautifully supple Buffalo leather with a vintage distressed look that gets better with age.

All our Bronco satchels are extremely roomy and come with a removable laptop sleeve which fits even the chunkiest of laptops. The front pocket comfortably houses a tablet computer and then some. Team classic satchel features with a hidden zipped pocket on the back, brass buckles with cheeky press studs for ease of opening, inside mobile phone pouch, and an adjustable leather and canvas across the body strap – and you have yourself a truly unique satchel!

These satchels are extremely hardwearing, and are ideal for carrying across town to the office, University, or college.

Available for £110 on our website, and for a limited time only we are offering 15% off our new Autumn range! Gets yours here!

The Great British Life Shop

We have recently opened our new online store with Great British Life – a company who publish country life magazines across the UK. The aim of the new store is to celebrate all things British, and to support independent British traders. The website brings together top-quality British brands who proudly source and craft their products in and around Britain.

Us traders joined forces last night on Twitter to attempt a #BritishTakeover, and to encourage customers to shop local. This morning we’ve chosen a few of our favourite products that showcase the best of British craft and design.

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We have carefully curated a stunning selection of our classic British leather satchels and bags for our shop with Great British Life, and we are confident our collection celebrates the best of British design. All our satchels are designed and hand made in Scotland, and our current favourite product is this Rowallan Denver Leather Satchel – spot on for Autumn with gorgeously soft and supple vintage look leather! Available here for just £100.

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First up from our choice of traders are these really sweet National Park Mugs from the talented HK White Ltd. We love this Snowdonia mug, £16.50, as we’re currently working with a leather manufacturer in Wales to create some amazing bespoke satchels, and we’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time in the beautiful Welsh countryside! HK White Ltd use our stunning National Parks as inspiration for their British made hand-finished bone china mugs. We think they’re beautiful, and with 15 national parks and 33 areas of natural beauty to choose from in the UK, we’re sure you’ll never be short of an inspiring brew to wake you up in the morning!

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Another fab product of Wales! These funky fluffy stools are made in North Wales by the talented upholsterer at Baa Stools.This particular stool is made from Rare Breed wool, and is £275. All the sheepskin used is responsibly sourced from Welsh sheep, and the stunningly soft skin acts as a natural dirt repellent, making it ideal for a comfy foot stool. With a range of colours and prices to satisfy all tastes and budgets, we think these stools are one of the most unique products on the Great British Life shop!

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This stunningly quirky dress comes from Mother and Daughter team CsevenM,  who make hand crafted soft furnishings and beautiful handmade dresses. The philosophy behind their products is simple; “blending timeless craftsmanship, simple silhouettes and intricate details to produce beautiful clothing and charming soft interiors for your home and wardrobe.”  This Nola Green Spot Dress is £183, and is a flattering feminine dress with a funky bright green underlay. We love the halter neck detailing and the earthy Autumnal colours!

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Finally, for a bit of pampering, we love Ochre Body and Skin products. All handmade in the UK using natural sea minerals, these gorgeous products aim to invigorate and energise, and we love the idea of waking ourselves up with this Black Pepper and Lemon Body Wash from their ‘Awaken’ range, £14. All products are made with the nutrient rich products of our seas, including seaweed, algae, and sea-salt. Ideal for sensitive and dry skin, and apparently wonderful for cellulite, these products improve the skin’s elasticity and act as anti-ageing products! What more could you want from a simple body wash?!

With new traders joining all the time, the Great British Life Shop is the place to be to keep up with the latest in British craft and design, and we’re really excited and proud to be a part of this new venture! Don’t forget to pay our shop a visit!

Younique x

Thompson House Eco Farm and Equestrian Centre

Last weekend we were invited along to Standish Country Fair, held at the newly refurbished Thompson House Eco Farm. Based on 80 acres of beautiful farm land, the equine centre is a new venture which offers purpose built respite care and accomodation, accessible riding and fishing facilities, and a bespoke equine training facility. The centre not only encourages but fully enables those with disabilities to get invovled in all things horsey – and the show put on some absolutely amazing events to showcase their brilliant riders over the weekend. 

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The exciting new venture at Thompson House Farm is run with the help of My Life – a CIC company based in the North West whose philosophy is as follows:

“… to encourage and inspire individuals of any age and ability through an innovative approach to learning and discovery. Children, young people and adults will be offered regular workshops to acheive and develop confidence through hands-on learning, either in a group setting or an individual basis.”

Sounds great to us… and we were lucky enough to chat to some truly inspirational riders who popped by our stall to browse our lovely bags!

Overall we had a great weekend, with everything from choir singing, vintage tractor displays, carriage driving, and horses jumping through fire. Yes, you heard, horses jumping through FIRE! If that’s not worth a visit to this brilliant new farm, I don’t know what is!

Younique x

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Wear Autumnal Tweed

Hurrah, British tweed is back in season! And this Autumn sees some great offerings from both designer and high street shops, as the romantic countryside style comes back onto the catwalks. When we’re out and about selling our leather satchels at the country shows we’re always on tweed watch, and Autumn seems like the best time to give tweed a try! We’ve picked out some of our favourite tweed pieces this season and grabbed some tips on how to wear them…

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First up with the classic tweed offering is Joules, who consistently produce some of the finest affordable tweed on the high street. Their hefty tweed Field Coats are always a firm favourite, but with the sunshine still in the sky we’ve chosen a more lightweight option. This tweed mini skirt and jacket combo look absolutely fab with a crisp white Oxford shirt, a pair of knitted tights, and some brown leather boots. If you’re not a fan of tweed on tweed, this jacket looks great contrasted with a pair of skinny jeans, and the skirt looks really cute with a simple knit on top. With Joules, the devil is always in the details, and this outift sports velvet detailing and beautiful vintage style buttons.

SKIRT £59.95
JACKET £199
JOULES

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For the men, we’ve found this amazing tweed waistcoat and jacket with a gorgeous dog print silk lining, also from Joules. Rural style waistcoats are really hitting the mark right now, and this is one of the best pairings on the hight street. Great teamed with a funky patterned shirt and braces for a country-style wedding!

WAISTCOAT £99.95
JACKET £195
JOULES

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This super-slimming tweed dress from White Stuff is ideal for the office or a working lunch. With a really cute Peter Pan collar and a panel of checked detailing down the middle, this is a really relaxed way to wear tweed. If you prefer your tweed not to cling to every bump, this dress is perfect for a more chilled out smart-casual look and looks great with a pair of ankle boots.

AUTUMNAL TWEED DRESS £65
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If you fancy a touch of tweed rather than an all tweed suit, we’ve found some cute accessories that will give a little countryside edge to top off any Autumnal outift. For ladies we have come across a twist on the traditional tweed flat cap from Accessorize – this grey soft tweed Baker Boy Cap is made from really soft tweed and comes in this lovely soft grey, with cute button detailings. The gloves are available direct from the Harris Tweed shop, and come with the official label and gorgeous leather detail on the palms.

HAT £17
ACCESSORIZE
GLOVES £50
HARRIS TWEED SHOP

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For the fellas, we’ve found this budget friendly tweed flat cap from Fat Face, with smart leather detailing on the side, made from really cool grey herringbone tweed. And we’re very jealous of this brilliantly quirky tweed bow tie from Topman which would look great with the Joules tweed waistcoat – really funky and perfect for any special Autumn occasion, we think we might be purchasing one of these to wear to our Country Shows….!

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Where are we this Weekend?

Wow, what a busy weekend for us girls at Younique! Summer might be over but the sun is still shining and we’re taking our leather satchels to a great variety of events across the UK this weekend!

For all our Southern followers, we’ll be at the Dorset County Show both saturday and sunday.

Up North, we’ll be at Buxton Artisan Market on saturday, Knutsford Makers Market on Sunday, and at a special opening event at Thompson House Equestrian Centre in Standish all weekend.

Don’t forget, our 20% off Back to School offer is still running until next weekend both online and on our stalls, so if you can’t make it to see us there’s still a great excuse to treat yourself!

Younique x

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Our Top 5 Back to School Bags

Gone are the days that traditional school satchels were brimming with books, pens, notes, and piles of paper… Technology might be moving on but there’s no doubt students still need a good sturdy bag for their USB sticks, iPads, laptops, and mobile phones! We present five of our favourite bags – ideal for all your gadgets whether you’re returning to school, college, uni, or work this September.

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Miss Lulu Dotty Satchel in Red
£30

We love our funky Miss Lulu bags, and this twist on a classic pillar box red is our absolute favourite! You’ll definitely stand out from the school crowds with this satchel, and it’s ideal for all your back to school bits and pieces. Surprisingly roomy, this satchel fits A4 pads, iPads and other tablets, and even has extra pockets inside and out for sneaking in your mobiles (sssh, we didn’t recommend that…). The metal buckle fastenings give a great traditional look to this satchel, but the hidden press studs underneath – and the zip top for extra security – allow for quick and easy opening.

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Rowallan Bronco Large Satchel
£110

This beautifully distressed leather satchel from Rowallan is great for older kids heading to college or uni, and ideal for parents heading back into the office! Incredibly hardwearing, our Rowallan satchels all come with comfy adjustable straps, and are great for stuffing chock-full with books and notes. This Bronco satchel very cleverly comes with a removable laptop sleeve that fits even the bulkiest of laptops. The pocket at the front is perfect tablet size, and the brass buckles have hidden press studs underneath for quick opening. Rowallan love their hidden pockets, and this bag is a great example with pockets galore both inside and out! A stunning investment that will see through many Septembers to come. Also comes in a smaller size without the laptop sleeve.

 

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Rowallan Denver Large Satchel
£85

This bag is a great example of Rowallan’s classic satchel style, with double front pockets, brass buckles with press studs, adjustable strap, and inside hidden pockets. The Denver range is beautifully styled with bespoke stitching, distressed buffalo leather, and Rowallan’s trademark sitting proudly on the flap top. Perfect size for exercise books and tablets, this stunning soft leather wears for the better with time, becoming even more supple and vintage-looking. This classic satchel also comes in a lighter tan brown.

 

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Rowallan Leather Briefcase
£170

For the more studious child – this briefcase really does mean business! With a removable adjustable strap and a top handle for easy carrying, this briefcase has a distinct traditional satchel feel to it. Twin pockets feature on the front with a flap over top and brass press stud buckles. Hidden inside is a removable laptop sleeve and lots of nooks and crannies for your bits and bobs. There is also a hidden zip pocket on the back of this briefcase that fits A4 pads and papers. Incredibly sturdy and professional looking, this bag is the ideal study aid for both the office and the school yard.

 

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Rowallan Baltimore Leather Rucksack
£120

This leather rucksack is incredibly unique and bang on trend at the moment! Beautifully soft and supple leather that has a dip-dyed look to it, it has been carefully styled to look worn in and vintage. It has twin pockets on the front that have individual brass press stud fastenings, and its toggle tie opening reveals a removable laptop sleeve inside. There is a top handle for carrying, and double shoulder straps that adjust – with a perfectly placed hidden zip pocket in between the shoulder straps. The perfect rucksack for those who cycle to school and uni, there is a surprising amount of room in this bag even when it’s carrying a laptop. You won’t find a better example of this trendy leather rucksack made by anyone other than Rowallan of Scotland!

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All our featured bags are available at our online store

Happy studying!

Younique x