Shop Boutique Seeks Designers & Makers

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FYCreatives and Grundy Art Gallery are collaborating on an exciting new retail and design project called Shop boutique. Shop is a temporary design boutique that will contain products created by local and regional designers that will allow aspiring designers and opportunity to learn more about being an independent designer.

Shop will run for 2 weeks in December in a central location, giving new products an opportunity to be seen and sell leading up to Christmas. FYCreatives are asking for submissions for any products that could be found in a high street designer store- think applied photography, applied printmaking, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, homewares, furniture, woodwork, glasswork, lighting etc.
As well as having the opportunity to sell your products, there will be a range of business support seminars for successful applicants to attend covering what you need to know about setting yourself up in business.
Successful applicants will be invited to sell work on a sale or return basis with a 70-30% split – the 30% going towards the running costs of the pop-up shop.
I caught up with FYCreative’s Garth Gratrix to find out more…

So how does it work?

All you need to do is submit an Application Form with your details and a detailed description of each product you want to create and sell. At this stage you don’t need to produce a sample but you can supply drawings, photographs of similar products, or a link to a website or Facebook page (if you already sell or advertise your wares).

What kind of products can be submitted? 

Anything that would sit in a contemporary fashion boutique. We are interested but not exclusive to the following: Applied photography, Applied printmaking, Fashion, Jewellery, Ceramics, Homeware, Furniture, Woodwork, Glasswork, Lighting.

Who is eligible? 

Anyone aged 18+ living in Blackpool or the surrounding areas. Anyone with a link to Blackpool (however obscure) will be considered. Regional and International designer or makers interested in showcasing in Blackpool.

How many products can I submit? 

You can supply as many products as you wish. You may like to supply a single piece or a small range. At the appraisal stage we will decide what will be the most suitable collection for the shop as a whole. It could be that only some of your products are selected.

What quantity of products do I need to supply? 

If you enter a single item such as a necklace, we may ask for you to produce in multiples of 10 of the same or very similar items. If you are entering clothing, consider that a wide range of sizes is more likely to sell. On the submission form you can tell us whether you can produce a variety of sizes, and whether multiple items will be exact or just similar. For example you may decide to create a range of dresses re-worked from vintage garments – we wouldn’t expect every item to be identical but you might be asked to create 10 dresses in a similar style and colour range in a variety of sizes.

What else do I need to consider? 

Your products need to be of a good standard suitable for sale and passing any relevant health and safety standards. They must contain no sharp edges and they must be fit for purpose – e.g. clothing must stand up to repeated washing and wearing. Think about including care labels saying “hand wash with care” if your item is delicate.

How will things be displayed? We’ll use our merchandising expertise to display your items in the best possible way to maximise sales but we’re always happy to take on board suggestions. Think about how you might like to price and display your products – including a tag with contact information or links to a webpage might increase your after sales.

Where do I send my submission forms? 

Completed submissions can be emailed to: [email protected] or handed into FYCreatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

When is the closing date? 

All submissions must be received by Sunday Friday 30th August. You will then be contacted by Friday 6th September,  if you have been successful and will be asked to supply a sample to FYCreatives for review by week commencing 9th September 2013.

When will my finished products need to be ready for? 

We will need all products delivered to the town centre retail unit by Monday 18th November 2013.

For more information email or contact Garth Gratrix (FYCreatives) [email protected] 01253 477147.

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