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Best Handcrafted and Artisan Christmas Gifts for Dads

Dads, Step-Dads, Soon to Be Dads, New Dads, Honorary Dads, Grandads, Great Grandads; they deserve some awesome Christmas gifts this year. I want to celebrate Dads in this blog post and share some gift inspiration. This year why not treat the gents in the family to something from an indie business, something handcrafted, something artisan, something to treasure. I want to share some of my favourite indie businesses with you to inspire Christmas shopping for Dads in your family: Single Fin Collective  First up, for the camping, outdoor loving Dads turn to the Single Fin Collective. I love this brand, it’s based just over the Cornwall / Devon Border in Falmouth, they describe themselves perfectly as ‘makers of artwork inspired...

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Game Changer

If you have followed us for a while, then you will have seen our blog post on the difference between handcrafted and handmade. There is a subtle yet fundamental difference in the definitions of these artisan-associated words. You can take a look at that blog here. For a long while Colville Leather has been priding itself as producing products that are handcrafted - ‘without a sewing machine in sight’. Now I am not talking about stepping up to factory level industry here, bringing it back into perspective, I am referring to one (utterly charming) sewing machine.  Colville Leather has a place for a sewing machine: whilst ‘handcrafted’ and ‘handmade’ are mutually exclusive, there is room for products of both definition...

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Personalisation Now Available!

Colville Leather’s pride is in producing quality hand crafted leather accessories. Now, as an added extra we also offer personalisation on Colville Leather products so you can anything from initials, a memorable date or a short message to make your Colville Leather accessory personal to you or a loved one.

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The Year 2020

Well what a crazy year it has been; correction:  what a crazy year it is. Who knew when we were toasting in the new year that buzz words of 2020 would include ‘social distancing’, that fashion accessories would include face masks and that life as we knew it in 2019 would quickly dissipate into a fond memory; the ‘new normal’ would take over and ‘happy birthday’ became much more than a tune just to serenade in your birthday cake.

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Christmas Markets In Devon

There is a quote circulating on Instagram and Facebook that you may have seen. I am not sure where it comes from, to give it credit but it says ‘when you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance’. As we enter into the festive season, this is never more true.  It’s not easy, especially in this climate, with all the uncertainty around ‘you know what’, and the increase in costs. But what is constant is that when you buy from a maker, you will be greeted with a smile, a cheer and a rapport with a real person who is truly delighted that you have chosen their product to purchase and gift, whether to...

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