And Our Beautiful Bags Are On The Way to Birmingham

  • Julia Gash
  • 1st February 2013

I flew in from New York this morning, having spent the best part of a week selling our Talented Totes at the New York International Gift Fair.  The weather was kind, the buyers even kinder and I return to England with my bag of bags and in fine fettle.

Before I left I went to visit one of our new customers in Brooklyn.  Susan Choi is the spirit and strength behind Loom, a lovely gift and lifestyle boutique on Seventh Avenue.  She has an amazing eye and her warm personality embodies itself through the store.  I can't wait to get our Talented Totes in her unique, little shop.


As I was exploring the neighbourhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn was enamoured with the brownstone buildings as much as the bright lights of NYC.

The same day I flew straight into the BIDBI hive and rearranged our bags ready for the Spring Fair  at Birmingham, which kicks off on Sunday.  We've exhibited at the Spring Fair for almost all of our business life but this is the first time that we take Talented Totes to the show.  Here's a snapshot ...

I'm now chillaxing at home with my cat Bobby, who is very pleased to see me ... as indeed I am him.  We're both cat napping and I'm giving him a good run for his money having not slept a wink on the overnight flight from the States.  The plane was freezing and as much as I tried, sleep escaped me.

My man is cooking up some home made food as I write this ... I am so lucky!  I will miss the monster breakfasts at the Diner I stumbled on at the bottom of 42nd Street and 11th.  New York is such a fabulous city but I will big it up for Birmingham too!  Home to lots of fabulous shopping, a great art gallery, brilliant curry houses and British civic architecture at its best.