6am, 16th January, Inverness Airport.  A quick hop, skip and a jump and we were outside the main doors of Liberty London by 9.30am. We were here to take part in the Liberty British Design Open Call 2016. Just before Christmas, we had sent a short application for their consideration. And on the 8th January we received an e-mail inviting us to come down to London to pitch our products on Saturday 16th January (not much time to plan!).

Armed with a small case of candles and a head full of information, we were ready. We were advised beforehand that anticipated queuing times were 2-3 hours and once we were in, we would only have 4 minutes to pitch to a panel of 2 experts.

5 hours of queuing later… I was on the top floor and heading in to meet the panelists. I thought nerves would kick in (they didn’t), but I was one of hundreds of like-minded designers, all there for the same reason. And I was there for the experience (as much as anything). As you now know, we weren’t successful on this occasion, maybe next time… but I had a fab day, met some lovely people, survived the queues (the weather was perfect!), received some positive feedback and even managed to fit in a couple of pubs before heading home!

Until next time #LibertyLondon 😉

And if you’re looking for some fab new people (and products) to follow, check these ladies out:

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Designed in Scotland, by artists and textile designer Kathleen Good, Storm Lily luxury scarf label fuses her training in printed textile design at Glasgow School of Art, with her lifelong love of books and stories. 

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