Where to being?!
First & foremost, I’d like to thank all of our amazing vendors who took part in our first West Elm x Handmade Loves collaboration! We hope your time was as special as ours and that each of you had the day you’d hope for! To be honest, as I looked through photos from the event, I almost couldn’t believe it had happened!
I have always been a followers and fan of West Elm stores and when West Elm Santa Monica commented on one of our Instagram posts, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to connect. We are always preaching about the importance of collaborations, so I knew this was a change I had to take!
I immediately went over to West Elm Santa Monica’s instagram feed and commented on a photograph. Completely unsure of what would come from my comment, if anything, I continued along my day. 15 minutes go by before I receive an email from West Elm! I couldn’t believe it!
Later that week, Emily & I jump on a phone call confirming our first locals event. We were ecstatic! What an incredible opportunity for us to offer to vendors! And it really, really was.
Walking up to West Elm in Santa Monica on the day of the event was so exciting. Here we are, walking into our first Handmade Loves collaboration event with 7 phenomenal vendors waiting inside! What a moment. And the event was nothing short of fabulous!
Each vendor had their shops set up in a different area of the store, showcasing their best products. Shoppers came in and were so excited to see unique work but also meet the makers behind the designs. It made for an day of mingling, laughing, and a lot of shopping.
Giving a few of our favorite California handmade vendors the chance to have their small businesses displayed and sold in a store as popular as West Elm was a dream come true for Emily and I. We really hope to bring these kinds of opportunities to vendors around the world.
We can’t thank West Elm enough for their work in making this collaboration come together and we are really looking forward to future events such as these!