Sunday, 22 March 2015

Crufts 2015 - Happy Pack Members!

It is our 10th Birthday this year so we wanted to  make sure we had a ball at Crufts.  The stall was super extra glittered up.  I had never been to Card Factory before and went crazy on their sparkly explosions!  My idea of heaven and a bit unexpected at Crufts.  Think people needed sunglasses to take us all in.

Crufts this year was a mad mix of hard work and fun. It is a joy to meet so many of you that we have got to know over the years.  And I like to think we made a lot of new friends too.
It is so wonderful when new people are standing there questioning our claims that the collars are made for everyday and an existing customer comes along and joins in to vouch for the quality of our work.
I so appreciate it.  Wish we could have an 'existing customers guest speaker chair' so newbies can ask them questions.  Sometimes it is so hard for people to understand that our beautiful things are not fashion items.  They look at us like we are story tellers.  Some people  want a lifetime guarantee, which it is impossible to give - we simply cannot know your dog, its habits and your own, in how you treat the dog.  You can see them thinking 'See....' then along comes Mrs XXXXX with her crazy hound and shows a collar it has been wearing for 2 or 3 years looking perfect. 'Just came to say Hello, sadly do not need a new collar this one still looks lovely.'  Oooh perfect timing.
Not 100% sure some of them do not think we have planted you though.

We changed it up this year with staff too.  Chelsea, our Supergirl, did 3 days not her usual 5 and managed to get home and enjoy Birthday Outing fun with her friends and family.  Her first in 7 years.  Sitting with us at the Beefeater had lost its charm. 

This gave you all a chance to meet other Pack members Jo, Mary and Connor.  It was a bit of a shock to them all at first how crazy busy it is  but once that passed they took a deep breath and jumped in.

We launched a two new lines at Crufts Leopard Rose and the Flower Garden; our Spring collection 2015...This year to celebrate our birthday we have taken our inspiration from our favourite pick of our clients bespoke choices. Leopard Rose was inspired by the wonderful Rubie and Flower Garden by the lovely Maisie Moo.
See Leopard Rose here Rubie who inspired the Leopard Rose

The Flower Garden - inpired by Maisie Moo

So thank you all again for your support and loyalty and love of our brand
Rather than waffling any more I thought I would simply let the wonderful pictures tell the story.

Her name is Purdey and she is a Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer - what a stunner!

  Everyday Brightside Collars 
Easy for Annes dog to to look on the Brightside in that location in Ireland!

Bessie & Sterlin
Bessie looking on the Brightside
Sterlin Flying the Flag - what a star!

Everyday Dog Collars
The Fabulous three Cupcake, Guinness and the Mighty Rolo!

Holly&Lil Safari
Ruby Slippers and Diceman 
Chelseys delicious Ruby and Diceman!

Crystal Palace
Rosie Precious in Crystal Palace
Pirate Dog CollarSarah came and bought a Pirate collar for Mia and told me her story... 'This is Mia our boxer we rescued her in June we got her from Cornwall South Devon boxer rescue. She was a bag of bones with ear infections broken infected tail, eye ulcers and bald patches of sore skin all over.She weighed just 17 kilos now she weighs 28 kilos and is a picture of health with no more health problems.I thought she deserved only the best and a Holly&Lil designer collar and lead set. It was when I saw the pirate collar I knew it was the one my two year old Amelia is pirate obsessed

Diceman on Black
Please meet Mr Percy and Elvis.  Gemma had bought the Diceman for Percy and thought she wanted Elvis in red Diceman - but when she saw the Red Brightside Wide she knew it was the one!!! Heaven Diceman Diceman

Darcey is a dream in her Chocolate Orange Bow

Violet and Edina came and we tried on loads of styles and colours before Jane settled on Safari for the whole bunch and WIDES as well. Such a fab unexpected 'statement' on a puglet.  Winston the Scottie at home got Cowspot and Red too so he is completely part of the pack!

Winston in Safari

Helen sums up what we try to achieve for your shopping experience with Holly&Lil be it at Crufts or our shop or any show. The new Leopard Rose seemed hugely popular with you all and caused some excitement!  Helen bought collars for her Chihuahuas and this wee beauty below.

  And Lorna got a set for the super Glamorous Darcey.

But you all came knowing what you had been 'dreaming of'.... Kriss got his cute little lady a black and white bow.    Though he would not be told the size was wrong but luckily his pal Nikki came next day for the smaller size.

Jay underestimated too but we are always happy to exchange.  Great tip though is bring a spare collar with you to every show.Safari

Hannah did the same with Louis - he is growing!

Woody is a dream as a Pirate - Yo Ho Ho!

 Rainbow collar
We spent a long time trying on new collars for Zeus.  The Hill Family had never considered the Rainbow on their Puli but once on him it just looked a dream.  It had to be the one.  Imagine Victorias surprise when she found a Puli toy with the same collar!?!?!?  SPOOKY!

Cassie and Essi had to wait till after Crufts as their owner came, got Essis size spot on then rang to buy on the Tuesday.... We sent it as quick as we could.Then the gorgeous twosome could carry on working in style! They are disability assist dogs. ''Hello, here's the photos you asked for and here's a bit about Cassie & Essi. We brought Cassie's fabulous Wide pink collar from Crufts about 4yrs ago Cassie was with me because she was then my disability asst dog. She was the dog about town so it was important that she looked good! :0). We would be stopped in Asda & asked where we brought that beautiful collar! When Cassie had to retire due to ill health it only seemed fair that now Essi my new disability asst dog & now dog about town needed a Holly & Lil too! Thanks again. Xx'' Holly&Lil are proud to help...  Blue Brightside
 The Brightside Dog Collar

Another dog we were super proud to dress was Michelles Maverick.  She had been dreaming of him in an Emerald City and I made it specially for him in time for his big day! He took part in the Obedience championship and came 11th. WOWEE!!!!!!!! He is 8 years old. His pet name is Maverick. His Posh name Forever Magic Xrated. He is a star!
 Emerald City

 Emerald City
Next year he will return and do even better.  Maverick in his gorgeous Collar and Michelle in her lovely jacket looked like STARS!!!!!

There were of course so many other pack members but these are the ones who sent us pictures - if we get anymore I will add.  Thank you so much to everyone who came and bought and left so happy!