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Christmas Gift Finder Quiz - find the perfect present in just 5 questions

It’s that time of year again: it’s getting dark at 4pm, there’s a waft of gingerbread syrup in the air, and the office Secret Santa is upon us once more. We love the Christmas season in the Sbri Studio (give us the sparkles, the food, the twinkly lights…) but we know present buying can be hard going, especially when inspiration has run dry and it feels like last Christmas was only a few months ago, surely.

So if you need to find a gift for someone you don’t know that well, or you’re struggling to find the perfect present for someone you do, let us help solve your Christmas shopping dilemmas. Take our gift finder quiz and find them the perfect personalised present from Sbri in just 5 easy questions…

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Why don’t Sbri use vegan leather?

“Hey Sbri, I love this purse - but can you make it in vegan leather?” – is a question that lands in our inbox from time to time. We’re a leather accessories brand with a sustainable focus, offering beautifully handmade colourful personalised bags and purses (and more!) that aim to make a big impact on your mood but a small one on the planet. From our materials to our production methods, packaging and beyond, we consider our environmental footprint at every step and try to run our small business in the most sustainable way we can. 

So why don’t Sbri offer a vegan alternative to leather, when the vegan lifestyle is so heavily associated with sustainability? It’s a big topic, one that we’ve already covered in this blog post asking how sustainable is leather, and this blog post debunking 5 myths about sustainable fashion. In today’s post we wanted to break it down a bit more and share three reasons why we don’t currently work with vegan leather at Sbri. We’re going to discuss whether vegan leather is good for the planet, whether vegan leather is sustainable and why we’re dubious of the term “vegan” to describe it at all. Let’s get into it…

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9 Small Business Finds to *Fall* in Love With this Autumn

As we write this, it’s the day of the autumn equinox here in the UK, the temperature in Ringwood has dropped to 16 degrees and the chunky knits and (gasp!) jeans have started to make an appearance with the team in the studio. All of this can only mean one thing: autumn has officially arrived. 

It’s no secret that we love sunshine and summer brights at Sbri (just take a look at our colourful coin purses and holiday travel accessories) but we are very ready for this new season and are here to help you find the joy in everyday (even the cold ones!), instead of wishing the year away. In this blog post we’ve rounded up our favourite fall must-haves and product recommendations from lovely British small businesses to help you make the most of your autumn evenings and wet weekends. Let’s get to it.

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All you need to know about the Sbri Sample Sale

Back in January we held our first ever Sbri sample sale - a one-off event where we sold all our design samples and photo shoot example products to our Instagram followers for a whopping 50% off. We didn't know how it would go down or whether our customers would be interested in taking part but, fortunately for us, it was a great success and you guys loved it. So much so that we've decided to do the whole thing again. The next Sbri Sample sale will take place on Thursday 25th August.

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Which Sbri bag is best for me?

We know what you’re thinking, which Sbri bag is best for me? They all look the part, they can all be personalised and the colour choices are all just so good, so which one should I choose? Well, we can’t make that decision for you (sorry) but we can help to narrow down the options and help you choose a leather handbag that suits you and your lifestyle best. Last year we wrote a similar blog post comparing all our purse styles (you can find that here) so we thought it was time to do the same for our handmade leather bag collection. In this guide we’re going to run through our main bag styles at Sbri, outline the features of each and help you decide where your Sbri collection should start.

 

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5 small brands to shop for festival-wear (plus our tips on how to stay sustainable on the festival site)

It’s June, the sun is shining (sometimes) and festivals are back, baby. Festivals: the epitome of the joyful feeling we’re always searching for at Sbri, tied up in a mud splattered, glitter covered bow. What could be better?

For this blog post we asked our resident festival expert Carla, our marketing and graphic designer, for some advice and recommendations for first-time festival goers. Carla is a Somerset-girl and she’s been to every Glastonbury festival since 2005 (plus a fair few other festivals in between) so she’s got a lot of know-how and stories to tell. 

We’re proud to be a sustainable small business so we asked Carla for her thoughts on these two topics specifically - read on for top tips on how to have an eco-friendly festival experience, and her festival must-have recommendations from UK small businesses. AKA, how to do festivals the sbri way. Here’s what she said…

 

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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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