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Q&A with Elizabeth Rachael

Q&A with Elizabeth Rachael
To celebrate the launch of our floral accessories collection we had a lovely little chat with the artist behind the collaboration, British textile and print designer Elizabeth Rachael. Liz spent 8 years working in the fashion industry after studying textile design at university and in 2020 she took the leap to go freelance. We discovered Liz through Instagram and it was love at first sight when we saw her colourful combos of florals and animal prints: "Offt," we said, "that's very Sbri". 

 

We're so excited to share the collection with you and introduce you to Liz's gorgeous work. Florals? For spring? We thought it was about time.

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The A-Z of Sbri

The A-Z of Sbri

There are always so many things we want to tell you about Sbri - from the intricate designs and ideas behind our personalised products to our sustainable business values and where and how we make our leather accessories. So many cool things, in fact, that there are enough for every letter of the alphabet. 

If you’re anything like us, it’s probably important to you to know a bit about the small business you’re buying from before you commit your hard earned pennies, so we are here to help. This is the A-Z of Sbri: the ultimate Sbri fact file, filled with all the info nuggets you need to know about what goes on in the Sbri Studio.

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5 Myths About Sustainable Fashion

5 Myths About Sustainable Fashion

If you’ve ever shopped at Sbri, followed @sbri_studio or just happened upon our website in a magic twist of fate, chances are you’ve heard us chat about the ‘S’ word a fair bit, the ‘S’ word being sustainability. Being a sustainable leather brand was never a question for us, we knew that if we were going to be making fun leather accessories it had to be fun and fair for everyone, including our planet (cos we’ve only got one). You can read all about our sustainability practices here, including information about the natural materials we use and how we run our leather studio. 

As well as offering our customers gorgeous, UK made personalised purses and accessories we try to encourage them to learn about what’s in their new garment, how it was made, where and by who - important questions we should all be asking every time we shop. We know that shopping sustainably in day-to-day life can be overwhelming and it’s almost impossible to do it perfectly, but we’d love for it to become more accessible. In this post we’re going to try and debunk 5 common assumptions and misconceptions about sustainable fashion so that you can hopefully start to think about it in a different way.

Who you gonna call? Myth busters.

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Personalisation Inspiration: message ideas for inside your Sbri Coin Purse

Personalisation Inspiration: message ideas for inside your Sbri Coin Purse
So you want to buy a coin purse from Sbri but you’re lost for words for what to write inside? First of all, well done - you’ve made an excellent choice. Our personalised coin purses are great for many reasons: they’re handmade in our UK studio from sustainable British leather, they’re the perfect size for your everyday essentials and they’re available in all sorts of fun prints and bright colours. Whoever you’re buying one for (yourself or a friend), they’re already going to love it…and they’ll love it even more when they read the secret message you’ve hidden inside. Second of all - let us help with your message dilemma. We’ve rounded up some personalisation inspiration (rhyme very much intended) from our team and our favourite customer orders to help you choose what you want to say in your coin purse.

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Hot Off the Press: Sbri Press Features 2021

Hot Off the Press: Sbri Press Features 2021

Read all about it! Sbri hit the press last year which was a super exciting milestone for us. As a small business there’s nothing more exciting than flicking through a newspaper in the supermarket or turning on the television to find our products in the spotlight. There are lots of hats to wear and plates to spin when you’re a small team running a small business, so we were totally thrilled to have achieved coverage in magazines, newspapers, online and on TV in our first year of trying on a PR hat.

In case you missed it, read on to discover the four Sbri pieces approved by the press…

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Brilliant Small Businesses to Support this Christmas

Brilliant Small Businesses to Support this Christmas

Every day is a small business celebration at Sbri but today, it's official. Saturday 4th December 2021 is Small Business Saturday in the UK, a day dedicated to shouting loudly and proudly about all the fabulous things about small indie businesses. For example, did you know if everyone bought just one (one!) Christmas gift from an independent business this year, we would reallocate a vital £2.7billion into the economy. That's a lot of £££. Plus, shopping small supports the dreams of lovely business owners and means that you find brilliant, unique gifts for your favourite people (and probably yourself too, you're only human).

We'd love for you to shop at Sbri this Small Business Saturday, obvs, but we'd also love to introduce you to some of our small business crushes too. Here's a round up of lovely UK indie brands the Sbri team have shopped with, lusted after and have at the top of their Christmas wish lists. They're all absolute dreamboats.

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Find Your Dream Christmas Gift: Introducing the Sbri Gift Finder

Find Your Dream Christmas Gift: Introducing the Sbri Gift Finder

We don’t want to say in too loudly, but it’s definitely *that* time of year again…“that” being Christmas, obviously. We see Sbri leather accessories as the perfect little “to me, from me” gift for whenever you need to #treatyourself, but as well as providing personal pick-me-ups, we love to help you spread the joy of Sbri around and share it with the people you love too.

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10 things you can say when someone inevitably compliments your new Sbri piece

10 things you can say when someone inevitably compliments your new Sbri piece

Our handcrafted leather accessories are designed to turn heads, with little pops of colour and eye-catching prints to add extra joy to the everyday. We don’t mean to toot our own horn too much, but our pieces are made to stand out from the crowd and we reckon they’re deserving of a compliment…or three.

Now, if you’re the kind of person who freezes up and doesn’t know how to respond when someone pays you a compliment (if you’ve ever awkwardly blurted “you too!” when someone wishes you a happy birthday, you’ll know what we’re talking about) then we are here to help. Here are 10 cool things you can say about Sbri to keep the conversation moving (and maybe convince someone new to join the Sbri club).

Read on for the full list and you can expect all future encounters to go a little like this:

Them: OMG I love your purse/keyring/bag!

You: Thanks, it’s from Sbri…

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Charity Giving in 2021

Charity Giving in 2021

At Sbri Studio, leather accessories are our thing (handmade personalised leather accessories in fun colours and prints to be precise). But the reason they’re our thing is because they have the power to add joy to the everyday, to make each day feel brighter, even in the smallest way. Whether it’s the uplifting personalised message from your best friend that you see every time you open your purse or the bright pink leather bag that elevates even the dreariest office attire. We’re all about those little extras that make life that bit better, and for us that extends beyond just our product range, it’s about doing things for the people around us too.

 

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Meet Our Big Sister, Create Gift Love

Meet Our Big Sister, Create Gift Love

If you’re a long time customer or follower you might know that Sbri is not an only child – that is to say, we have a big sister company. Before Sbri there was (and still very much is!) Create Gift Love and we thought it was time you got reintroduced, or perhaps made acquaintances for the first time.

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