Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Mimi Berry

I first found Mimi Berry bags back in December through a fellow blogger, Sarah Eley, of Mrs Osbourn's Shopping Spree.

I really caught the Mimi bug from Sarah. Since then I have purchased a couple of Mimi's beautiful bags which are manufactured here in the UK to very high ethical standards. The leathers are sourced from Italy and all the fittings on their bags are solid brass.


The first bag I purchased was the camel Eric. Due to the leather being naturally dyed, as it ages, it will have a darker patina. I can't wait to see how this bag changes colour overtime. This bag was purchased through a stockist of Mimi Berry bags, Pretty and Witty. Due to the weather being so poor in the United Kingdom at the moment I am waiting with anticipation for some nicer weather so I can use it.




 

I was browsing through the Mimi website when I saw the navy Eric. A couple of times it was sold out and I thought maybe it wasn't meant to be. Whilst Googling Mimi Berry, I came across the website Everything Begins. Everything Begins is based in Australia, and they are a drop shipper of the Mimi range. The whole process was extremely easy to do. The navy Eric is such a classic colour which has now become my go-to bag. I have used this practically everyday since it arrived.





I am currently after a larger Mimi bag and I plan on waiting a little to make my decision as it is so difficult choosing one of her beautiful bags.

It was whilst browsing Sarah's blog I came across the George purse by Mimi. So to keep the wanties at bay I purchased the George purse direct from the Mimi website and decided to have my initials embossed on to it. The red is a true classic red shade and the purse is big enough to hold a few cards. This is a perfect size to pop into a coat pocket for quick shopping or errands. I plan on using this inside a clutch to keep my things organised. It's perfect!









 The purse was well packaged and beautifully wrapped. If it was for a gift there would be no need to gift wrap it as this is already done by Mimi.  I also bought some leatherfood to treat my bags when the time comes. The leatherfood is a huge size and will last a very long time.




I cannot fault Mimi Berry at all. The customer care and service is excellent and they answer emails quickly and efficiently. 


There are many British brands that now manufacture their goods overseas. By supporting companies like Mimi Berry we are keeping British traditions alive and helping the UK economy by keeping people in employment.


Not only are Mimi Berry as a company very ethical, their dust bags are also produced ethically in India. 




Some pictures of the current Mimi range



- Louise

Monday, 25 March 2013

Abahna - A Bathing Ritual

Sometime last year I received Abahna The Ceremony of Bathing as a gift for either my birthday or Christmas. I always ask for Abahna for each of these occasions. I have saved this until now to use as I like to finish off things first before moving onto the next.



Abahna is a British company which is also manufactured here in Britain. The range contains no artificial colourings, mineral oils, parrafin, parabens, perservatives or SLS or SLES. They are against animal testing also which is always a positive in my book!


The whole Abahna range uses natural essential oils to fragrance the products, and the base product they use is also natural which are derived from vegetable and plant oils.

The Bathing Ritual I received included a base foam bath which is unscented, and you could use this in the bath separately or you can create your own depth of scent by adding in an essential oil blend of fragrance. The choices I had were White Grapefruit and May Chang, which is an uplifting citrus fragrance blend which is perfect for a morning bath or when you want to feel zingy and fresh. The other choice was Lilac Rose and Geranium which is a relaxing fragrance blend perfect for an evening before bed. The fragrance is more unusual and very feminine without being overly floral. This is a particular favourite scent of mine and I have asked for some Lilac Rose and Geranium for my birthday this year.


Abahna is on par monetary wise with other high end bathing brands but what stands out for me is there customer service, the presentation of the products, and the quality is second to none.

For more information on Abahna or to view the range visit www.abahna.co.uk for your very own bathing experience.


- Louise

Saturday, 23 March 2013

The story behind Brit Boutique...

Who is Brit Boutique?

My name is Louise, and I am a lover of all things British-made.

Why start Brit Boutique? 

Brit Boutique was started by me to help showcase brands I love from around the UK. It's a place where I will reveal and review my latest purchases. I have been trying to purchase as many 'Made in Britain' things as possible since the recession first started in the UK. By purchasing British-made things we are helping both the economy, and small businesses, thrive in this current economic climate.

I decided to start buying British after receiving an inferior product a few Christmases ago. The bag had obviously passed through quality control, but there were a few issues with it. The clasp was unaligned, there were glue marks on the leather, and there was also ink on the leather itself. For a brand new bag it wasn't what it should've been. 

I came across a book called Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Lustre by Dana Thomas, which was recommended to me on a forum discussing high-end designers. I thought it would be an interesting read.



Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Lustre talks throughout the book about how high-end designers are more interested in their profit margins rather than the quality of their product, and how customers don't receive the service they once did from these designers. It also discusses how quality issues now occur and aren't corrected before leaving factories. These designers can now put a 'made in...' label on a product even if that product has, for example, a strap fitted in Italy, yet the main make up of the item was done in China or elsewhere.

This is one of the main reasons why I would now rather support local or independent designers in the United Kingdom who don't rely on photographic advertisements, but rely on recommendations from people and word of mouth. These types of designers in the UK value customer service and customer opinions. They also care about quality control and wouldn't sell an inferior product to a customer.

I hope you'll enjoy reading about my journey to buying all things British.

- Louise xx