Monday, February 8, 2010

Show & Tell.
Good morning - it's great to be back, hope you missed me! We had a great trip to the shows. I met lots of wonderful people - thanks to everyone for coming out to say hello! It was exciting to see what's new in the paper and gift industry and to meet some of our new sales reps and distributors. Most of all, for me, it was great to take a break, step away from the studio for a week and see things from a buyer's perspective. I was really proud to see all our Cartolina product on display in the booths and talk to some of our retail buyers. I learned a few things - buyers really do want beautiful, eco-friendly product - hooray! They really do want recycled paper goods and environmentally friendly printing processes(the time and research it took to set up our eco printing credentials was really worth it after all.) I learned that spending our production dollars here in Canada and the US pays off. The option to produce overseas has been presented to us time and time again but now I know that buyers really do care that we are a domestically produced stationery line. Most of all, I learned that we really can do big business from our little design studio at the lake in Nelson BC - a place I was very happy to come home to :-)

Isn't this fun? Doug took this picture in Kensington Market, Toronto.

13 comments:

piddix said...

Yea! So happy to hear that retailers respond so well to your line being made domestically. Way to go.

Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...) said...

Oh!! I like the skirt!!!
Kisses!!

hatjunkie said...

Spent my youth cruising the streets of kensington market. Great photo. Made me a tad homesick for that constant inspiration.

Linda said...

Welcome back. So happy to hear the show went so well.
and love the skirt.

AnnaVallance said...

Yes, I missed you while you were away but so glad to hear that everything went well.

evy said...

Rock on Cartolina!!!!

Di Overton said...

So sorry for not being around much lately, manic busy with new Ghost stuff.
Am taking some time today to do the rounds of the blogs and catch up - refreshing the soul
Much Love
Di
x
PS Wish I still had the waist to go in that dress :)

Mlle Paradis said...

Welcome back Fiona! Loved the pics of the "collections".

Manon said...

Welcome back!
Great to hear everything went well.

BJ Lantz said...

Adore the window dressing.

Good for you, eco-friendly and locally produced! Good for you! I think there is a big back-lash coming in the industry of consumers wanting things made in the US & Canada as opposed to China. So, again ~ cheers to you !

mcb said...

Yes, we really do value eco-friendly products and producers who go to an so much effort to stand by their principles. And we appreciate your beautiful designs too!

Debra said...

You were missed, so glad to hear about your success on many levels. I love to see the words Made in Canada, like in the olden days! Kudos for being at the crest of the wave Fiona!

Fiona Cartolina said...

Thank you for all the comments today. I really appreciate you all visiting every day and I love to read the comments!
Fiona :-)

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