Meet the Maker – Nina Bailey Luxury Collection

Meet the Maker – Nina Bailey Luxury Collection

Tandra and Taylor from Nina Bailey, Perth

 

Meet Tandra, one half of the mother-daughter duo behind the Nina Bailey Luxury Collection.

Tandra and her daughter Taylor create their beautiful range of natural home fragrance, bath, body and skincare products from their eco-luxury studio based in Perth.

They pride themselves on the care and attention they put into their products and are committed to keeping them free of ‘nasties’. They also believe in delivering customer service that’s as beautiful as their products.

We hope you enjoy learning a little more about these makers, their business journey and their sumptuous products.

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How long have you been running your business and how did you get started?

My daughter Taylor and I established the business in 2014 – she encouraged me to get started!

Did you have to learn a specific skill? If so, how long did it take?

Yes, we had to learn a lot of new skills. We carried out lots of research, and there was lots of trial and error to get the perfect product.

We have learnt so much in the last four years, but learning is fun because we love and truly believe in our products.

Taylor is the creative talent. She studies Graphic Design and designed all our packaging for the range.

What types of materials / ingredients do you work with?

Premium, natural materials made in Australia and we use organic wherever possible. There are no nasty chemicals in our products – ever.

Where are your products made and what’s your workspace like?

All Nina Bailey Luxury Collection products are made in Perth, Western Australia. Our workspace is clean and organised – we couldn’t work any other way!

What do you love about the items you make or running your business?

We make products that we are happy to use in our home and on our bodies. One of the perks of formulating is that you know exactly what is in there.

Have you had to overcome any particular struggles to bring your business to life or keep it going?

Just lots of hard work…

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What inspires you to keep going?

Loving what we do!

Where do your design ideas come from?

We prefer clean, simple designs with a luxury feel.

What’s the secret to your success as a maker / designer / creative business owner?

Customer service is paramount to us – so is a good, quality product.

How did you grow your business? Did you adopt a specific approach to marketing?

We use Instagram.

Does anyone else work with you in your business?

Yes – my husband is our accountant and my son also helps us with manufacturing.

What’s your vision for your business going forward?

Conquer the world… ha-ha!
We’d love to take the business Australia-wide.

Does your business have a social enterprise aspect to it, e.g. aligned with a cause, assist your community etc.?

We’ve just finished our first fundraiser for Raw Impact & St Stephen’s school – the first of many as we want to give back to our community.

What’s the best thing about your products being included in Wildwood Studio’s Gift Boxes?

Wildwood Studio Gift Boxes are made here in Perth and are very luxurious. We love being aligned with such a great brand.

 

We’re delighted to feature products from the Nina Bailey Luxury Collection
in these Wildwood Studio gift boxes:

Bath Soak Suite

Pamper Me Gift Box

And don’t forget – you can create your own experience in a box.

Let us know which products you’d like to include, and we’ll do the rest.

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How to choose corporate gifts for people you don’t know

How to choose corporate gifts for people you don’t know

Where do you start when you’ve been tasked with finding corporate gifts for people you’ve never met? After all, choosing workplace gifts can be tricky, even when you know the people.

So how do you find a Christmas gift that will resonate with valued clients or suppliers you’ve never met? Or something meaningful to reward a high-achieving employee on the 3rd floor.

What seems like a pleasant task can quickly become time-consuming and frustrating. It’s tempting to reach for the predictable, branded drinks bottles, travel cups or generic hampers.

But Narelle Wilson, our director at Wildwood Studio Gift Boxes, thinks this is a missed opportunity to make your gift, and by default, your company – more memorable.

‘When you’re looking for a gift to celebrate an achievement, a milestone or a successful business relationship, a dash of originality goes a long way.

You want to make your recipient feel valued and appreciated and, well…special. So, avoid generic or gimmicky gifts – their desk drawers are already full of those!

Start with a bit of research and, if possible, ask around to find out anything you can about the gift recipient.

Think about their work environment. Start with something practical but original, they’d be happy to display or use on their desk – a cloth notebook, a handmade leather coin tray or a unique set of coasters.

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Buying a corporate gift for a total stranger? Go back to basics

 

If your research didn’t yield anything useful about your gift recipients’ likes or dislikes – keep things simple.

Everyone uses a cup, glass or drink bottle in the workplace. Why not choose one that’s sustainably produced, from a local business or both.

Instead of adding your branding or – if that’s a deal-breaker – in addition to your branding, personalise the gift with your recipient’s name or initials.

Think about everyday items that can be used on-the-go, or outside the office.

The popularity of ‘statement’ socks, means the humble pair of socks has moved from being a dull option to a stylish one.

Lots of people exercise before, during or after their work day, so a lightweight, super-absorbent towel is a useful addition to any sports bag.

A handmade leather key ring or fob is both practical and unique – even more so if it’s monogramed with your recipient’s initials.

And, of course, a favourite personal touch of ours is to always include a handwritten note or card.

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So, don’t hit the panic button when you’re asked to shop for corporate strangers. Keep your choices simple but add a splash of originality that will delight the recipient and give your gift meaning.

If you’re really stumped or simply don’t have time to explore your gift options, why not let Wildwood Studio Gift Boxes do it for you? Our curated gift boxes are a quick, easy but thoughtful option for your corporate gifts. We can even create bespoke boxes for you.

Send an experience in a box from Wildwood Studio Gift Boxes  – so much more than a hamper.

Meet the Maker – Farlands Leather

Meet the Maker – Farlands Leather

Kristy from Farlands Leather, Perth

 

Meet Kristy, the maker behind the beautiful, unique Farlands Leather products included in these Wildwood Studio gift boxes:

For the Love of Whiskey Gift Box

Comforts of Home Gift Box

Man About Town Gift Box

Street Style Gift Box

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Kristy is a Perth local who designs, makes and constructs small batch leather goods from her home studio in Perth, Western Australia.

She uses sustainable practices as much as possible and offers a choice of cow leather, kangaroo leather or vegan alternatives.

We asked Kristy to share a little bit about herself and the story behind her business, Farlands Leather.

How long have you been running your business?

I took over the business in November 2016, although I had been working for Farlands Leather prior to that.

How did you get started?

I was working for Farlands Leather, helping create and market the business, when the owner decided that she needed a break. I offered to purchase the business and voila – it was all mine.

Did you have to learn a specific skill? If so, how long did it take?

I learnt the leather trade on the job, although I have always been crafty and studied fashion and textile design prior to Farlands. So that helped!

What types of materials / ingredients do you work with?

I try to source vegetable-tanned, local leather that keeps mother nature happy and keeps my studio chemical-free. I buy hardware locally, where I can, and mainly use a mix of silver and brass. I make all my patterns and templates.

Where are your products made?

I cut, construct and assemble my leather goods, with love, from my home studio in Guildford, WA. I am moving to the Perth hills soon, so I’m hoping that the treechange will inspire a new range come 2019.

Do you use any specialised tools or equipment? Do you have something on your wish list that would improve your processes?

I stitch everything that has thread by hand. I would love to branch out and use a machine one day, but I also really love the chunkier stitching. I think that a machine might take away from the Farlands minimalist, unique style.

What do you love about the items you make or running your business?

Sometimes running a business like Farlands Leather is more about maths than anything else! Every hole needs to align, and every angle needs to look right and be exact or the piece will look ‘off’. I like that though, as I can tell straight away if something isn’t quite right.

I work alongside and collaborate with so many wonderful, likeminded small business owners, it makes running Farlands a really great experience.

Have you had to overcome any particular struggles to bring your business to life or keep it going?

It gets quiet in any retail or trade after Christmas through to around February/March.

But, I see this as the perfect opportunity to spend extra time with family and catch up on the areas of my life that miss out when it is busy.

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What inspires you to keep going?

I’m mid-way through completing a degree in contemporary art at ECU. This gives me a lot of creative stimulation that I need to keep on going.

Where do your design ideas come from?

I think of practical pieces and ways a piece should be used. I’m less about the ‘frou-frou’ and more about functionality.

What’s the secret to your success as a maker / designer / creative business owner?

Hmmmm… success is a very strong statement. I don’t think I’m a success. I think I’m always working to do better, be better, communicate clearly and understand what my amazing stockists, clients and customers are after.

How did you grow your business? Did you adopt a specific approach to marketing?

I have a great relationship with some business advisors. Renee from Dreamhunter is always amazing at giving sound advice. She also takes my product photography for the website.

I have come to the realisation that if you do all the jobs in the business, it can look flat. You need outside help and re-assurance to keep the wheels turning and fresh.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d offer to a new maker / designer starting out today?

Keep on plugging away. Don’t quit your day job until you know your venture is going to work. Seek outside help with the areas you aren’t confident in.

Do you use any software, apps or other technology in your business? What are they and why do you use them?

I love Wave apps accounting system because it’s free and so easy to use.

If you had to choose another career – what would you be?

I’m working towards building a career in community arts. I have a passion for using making to bring people and community together. I think that’s why I love teaching workshops so much.

What’s your vision for your business going forward?

My vision is to use up all my scraps. I have mountains of scraps and offcuts and it’s a shame to throw them out, so I just store them for later.

What’s the best thing about your products being included in Wildwood Studio’s Gift Boxes?

I love that our leather products are practical and will last for a life time.

 

If Kristy’s story has inspired you to create a bespoke ‘experience in a box’ – get in touch.

Tell us which products you’d like to include, then leave the rest to us.

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Corporate gift-giving etiquette

Corporate gift-giving etiquette

Make sure your gift is memorable for the right reasons

 

Your gifting budget and your good wishes will be wasted if you send a corporate gift that’s forgettable or too generic. Worse still – you might harm your relationship if your gift is memorable for how inappropriate it was.

Whatever your budget, your gift giving can be a success if you’re organised and don’t mind doing a little digging.

Start by considering the message you want your gift to convey – then plan the best approach to achieve this within your budget.

Here are a few dos and don’ts to help you avoid corporate gift blunders, and make the best impression possible, whatever the occasion.

 

Do: Allocate enough time to find a quality gift that aligns with your budget.

Remember, your gift represents the value you place on your relationship with the recipient. The lower the budget, the more time you need to find suitable, quality options.

 

× Don’t: Pick a generic gift because it’s cheap or easier for you.

A standard Christmas hamper filled with random items won’t make a lasting impression. It will quickly be forgotten and added to the pile to be divvied up among your recipient’s team.

 

Do: Build a gift register to record information for every gift recipient, such as:

  • Company gifting policies
  • Personal likes or dislikes
  • Cost
  • What you sent
  • Why you chose it

You’ll create a useful database to refer to, and your organisation will have a resource for anyone else managing gift giving in the future.

 

× Don’t: Send the same gift every time.

This is a sure-fire way to make your gift memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Don’t choose gifts based on a discount or other benefit for your business – instead, focus on delivering the best outcome for your recipient.

 

Do: Conduct client research.

When your gift is for a client, a little bit of research goes a long way. Contact someone within their organisation and ask about the gift policy. For example, are there limits on the value of gifts they’re allowed to receive?

If possible, find out if your client has any strong likes or dislikes. These answers will help you choose an appropriate gift that will delight your client.

 

× Don’t: Choose a gift that’s too extravagant.

Even if the gift policy doesn’t limit the value of gifts received, avoid giving anything that’s too extravagant.

There’s a big difference between sending a quality gift box or a ticket to a Grand Prix – your goal is to make your recipient feel appreciated and valued, not uncomfortable.

 

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If you do it right, corporate gift giving is a fantastic way to celebrate your business relationships.

At Wildwood Studio, we excel at creating thoughtfully curated gift boxes. We’re the only choice when you want superior quality gifts that go beyond the ordinary. Get in touch today.

 

A Guide to Corporate Gifts

A Guide to Corporate Gifts

5 reasons a Wildwood Studio Gift Box

is the perfect corporate gift

 

Are your corporate gifts sending the right message?

How much thought goes into choosing your corporate Christmas gifts? Is it just a token gesture on your to-do list? Or do you look for something that demonstrates the quality of your relationship with the recipient?

The festive season is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your business connections and show your appreciation by sending a thoughtful gift to your valued clients or loyal employees.

But, this is where it gets tricky.

If your gift doesn’t reflect the genuine nature of the relationship between your business and the gift recipient – it might fall flat. After all, no one wants to receive a generic gift that makes them feel like a name ticked off a to-do list.

If you want to send the right message – choose your gifts with care.

An experience in a box

At Wildwood Studio Gift Boxes, we pride ourselves on creating memorable gifts that everyone’s thrilled to send – and receive. Each of our pre-designed boxes has been carefully and thoughtfully curated by our founder, Narelle Wilson.

‘As a professional in the corporate finance sector, I wanted to send original gifts that were personal enough to show each recipient how much I valued our business relationship. But I always struggled to find inspiring, quality hampers or gift baskets.

I stopped lamenting the lack of choice and decided to find a solution. I developed the concept of sending an ‘experience in a box’, and established Wildwood Studio Gift Boxes to bring it to life.’

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Say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy New Year’ with a Wildwood Studio Gift Box

We think our gift boxes are the perfect way to send a heartfelt ‘thanks’ to your clients or employees – here’s why:

  1. You’ll be spoilt for choice: we offer a diverse range of pre-designed gift boxes, so there’s something to suit everyone – even those who love their furbabies.
  2. We support Australian businesses: our gift boxes contain products made by Australian businesses from all around the country, combined with a few carefully chosen, speciality items from overseas.
  3. You can personalise your gift boxes: we’re all about the personal touch! We offer you the choice to design bespoke gift boxes using our existing range of products or ask us to source something special for you. We can even add your company branding – just ask.
  4. You’ll be giving twice: Wildwood Studio Gift Boxes is a socially responsible business, so every time you buy one of our gift boxes, we donate a proportion of the sale to an Australian charity. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.
  5. You can re-use our beautiful gift boxes: our custom-made timber or cardboard boxes are perfect for storing your gifts or any office or household items that need a home.

So, as this festive season approaches – first think about the message you want to send your corporate gift recipients – then choose your gifts accordingly.

Our exciting new Christmas corporate gift box range is coming soon. If you’d like to know more or you’d like a quote for personalised gift boxes, email us at hello@wildwoodstudio.com.au.

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