Exhibitor of the Week: Roelofs & Rubens

Our next Exhibitor Of The Week nomination goes to…..

ROELOFS & RUBENS

What do Corona Angels, Edinburgh University and Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling have in common?

Step forward our EOTW … Roelofs & Rubens!  They turned up at Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn 4 years ago and we were pretty confident they would be an instant hit with their beautiful handmade ceramic decorations with a nod to Dutch Delftware designs.  And so it was; with orders at the show piling in from the first – it was always a struggle to get past their stand for buyers.  Each year since they have joined us with new designs and concepts including fabulous bespoke decorations for a range of castles, churches, islands, and even universities.

The product was the brainchild of Piet and Monty Abram over a decade ago.  Piet studied Architectural Design and Graphic Design in Amsterdam before moving to the UK then, whilst juggling a young family, discovered a gap in the market for something both contemporary in design and beautifully unique.  Slowly decorations took over from tableware as their best sellers and they now work with a crew of six.

Lockdown has been very tough with orders down to 20% of normal, most of the staff furloughed and Monty and Piet picking up the pieces.  They rushed to get the Spring show orders out in March and then….. a lot of gardening… and baking….!

And then in May they decided to turn their attention to what they do so well and started making Corona Angel decorations which they sold online with £5 from every angel going to NHS charities.  This was followed by another charity decoration for victims of domestic violence – Flag DV.

As lockdown has worn on they have turned their attention to upgrading their website and improving their profile on social media…. Oh, and tapping their kids for help with IT matters – because, let’s face it; whilst they were hanging around for 3 months…who didn’t?!

They have of course put together a lovely collection for Christmas 2020 featuring, trees, jumpers, figgy puddings etc all with a retail price of £12 and a great margin.  Good for you and for your customers.   We think that whatever the next few months hold for us, a beautifully decorated Xmas tree is going to be a real highlight and a good way to put a grim year to bed.

 

LOCKDOWN QUIZ

Lockdown Hunk, Chunk or Drunk? 
Monty - ‘Definitely a drunk!’
Piet – in matter of fact Dutch style - ‘I did gardening and cooking’ !

Lockdown Boxsets? 
Very busy on the boxsets with:
House of Cards,  Umbrella Academy, Better Call Saul (a Breaking Bad sequel – I know!  Us neither!) & GLOW Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (and another – but definitely on our list now!)

GET IN TOUCH WITH ROELOFS & RUBENS!

Online Directory Profile
Roelofs & Rubens

Website
Roelofs & Rubens Website

Facebook 
@RoelofsRubens

Instagram 
@roelofs_and_rubens

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