San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This month we’re excited to be bringing you another of our popular product surgeries. Bring along a sample of your work, and our experts will give you feedback on what you can do to improve your chances of selling as well as what type of outlets might be suitable for your work and how to approach them.
Our experts on the night are Jane Doxey, retail consultant and ex-buyer for Liberty, and Liz Clamp, owner of Smash Bang Wallop in Crystal Palace.
Jane Doxey is a product design development and retail expert with years of experience as a buyer for companies including Liberty’s and Marks and Spencer’s. Jane also runs her own consultancy, Creative and Retail, which specialises in offering help to individuals and start ups who are just getting started.
Liz Clamp is the owner of Smash Bang Wallop, a shop in Crystal Palace that sells beautiful goods - from jewellery to accessories, cosmetics to candles, toys to homewares including products by local makers. Liz’s background is in fashion design, and she previously worked for Joseph and was a lecturer at London College of Fashion where she wrote a book on fashion marketing.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or have been selling for ages - advice from specialists who have many years of experience in the field can be a great support, and help you avoid common mistakes - whoever you are trying to pitch to!
And of course, you'll also have the opportunity to meet other makers, share information and ideas, and make new contacts and friends. Many people say that one of the most valuable benefits of Makerhood is the support they get from meeting like-minded people who understand the highs (and lows) of running a creative business.
The event is free for Makers' Club members, £4 plus booking fee for everyone else.
You can see some photos and read about our last product surgery here: http://connect.makerhood.com/2012/07/01/bridging-the-gap-between-making-and-selling/
When: 7-9pm Wednesday 18 February 2015
Where: Upper Norwood Joint Library, 39-41 Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, SE19 1TJ (See map)
The venue has wheelchair access.