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What do you fancy?

We have a number of opportunities to work together here at LAD, we’re always keeping an ear to the ground for new knitters and studio support, as well as being open for collaborations with influencers and brands (if the chemistry’s right) and we recently launched yarn subscription boxes and invited fellow small businesses to send anything they’d like us to pop in them to send to our customers. Theres loads more info on all these opportunities just click the button below that suits you best….


Knitting for lad 

I current have a fantastic small team of knitters working on a freelance basis to help get everything done. Although I'm not actively searching for any one else if you live in or around Exeter and would be interested in knitting or sewing for Lauren Aston Designs please pop your details in the box below and I’ll keep them on file ready for when we next need more hands on deck.

Please note all work would need to be invoiced to the business therefore you would need to/be willing to register as self employed, as well as having a lot of experience in either knitting or sewing. Unfortunately only local applications will be considered as the cost of postage is too high to allow when dealing will lots of heavy wool.

During my busy periods (ie Christmas) I will be needing knitters to deliver products/collect wool twice a week from my studio in Exeter, so it only makes sense if you live nearby.

I look forward to hearing from you! 

Lauren & the Team

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Collab with lad

Influencers - We don’t often collaborate with influencers as the yarn is our greatest expense but if you think we’re a good match feel free to drop us a line at info@laurenastondesigns.com.

Please note we refuse to reply to copy and paste emails - if you’re asking for free stuff at least spend a few minutes writing a personalised email :p

Brands - On the flip side, I do occasionally collaborate with brands who are a good fit on either products or posts on my Instagram feed, I work with Elizabeth Arden as often as possible and brands such as Lucy and Yak who’s ethos sits in line with my own. I love to introduce my audience to fabulous brands I think they’ll love so if you think we’d be a match made in heaven please do drop me a line - info@laurenastondesigns.com

Inclusion Rider - please note that any work that we take on (as an influencer, panel speaker or collaboration) we have an inclusion rider which means that we will only work with other brands who represent a diverse range of people and under-represented groups.


 Add to our sub boxes

You may know that in January 2019 we started some Yarn Subscription Boxes, these exceeded our expectations almost instantly which was fan-bloody-tastic! As a Small Business Fangirl I soon realised that there was a brilliant opportunity to work with and help promote other brands by enabling them to pop some marketing materials in our boxes, to be sent directly to hundreds of our best customers. I did a shout out on Instagram to see if anyone fancied putting any products or promos in the boxes and was completely overwhelmed by the response so I thought I’d dedicate a space on the website with some more info…

We never want it to feel spammy or inconsiderate to our customer so we are careful to only put in things that we think they would love. Everyone is welcome to send in items and if perhaps they aren’t the perfect fit for our customers and don’t go in our boxes The Creative Business Network have happily agreed to pop them in their goodie bags at Creatival so all items will still be shared with a fabulously creative audience - Nothing will go to waste!

So here’s the deal:

  • The Key is the overlap - If you think your customers might overlap with LAD’s customers then I’m sure they’ll love what you have to offer! (more info on LAD customers below)

  • Everyone is welcome to send anything be it - Finished products, craft supplies, gift vouchers, discount codes or just flyers for your business, if you think they’ll be into it - wing it over!

  • You can send as many or as few as you’d like - we want this to work for everyone so it’s truly up to you what and how much you send. If you send 100 then they’ll go in 100 boxes, if you send 5 then they’ll go in 5 boxes. You dictate this.

  • Ideally we would like products without plastic packaging - we appreciate this isn’t always possible but our ethos is to ditch the single use and we are aiming for this throughout the business, including sub boxes. If you usually stock your cards in cellos just send us the cards & envelopes and we’ll pack them ourselves - saves you time, and saves the customer waste!

  • We have a year to fill - so you’ve never missed the boat, if it sounds like something you’re into feel free to send things any time of year and we’ll put it in an appropriate box ASAP.

Is it a good fit?

We decide if it’s a good fit based on whether or not we think our customers will like it. You know your customers better than anyone, do you think they are the same as LAD customers? Here’s some info about our customers that might help, of course each of them are magically individual and unique but on the whole they are:

Fun, creative, stylish ladies* who appreciate quality and are game for a laugh. They enjoy a sweet treat and although they’re busy they try to make time for things they love and a bit of down time. They also love my dog - although that’s possibly a projection <3 (oh gosh, aren’t they great?! I adore them!)

(*again, this is just an approximation of course they aren’t all ladies for instance but you see what I’m getting at)

How it works for everyone:

The goal is to introduce my subscribers to your wonderful business as long as we think it’s a good match, it won’t suit everyone and that’s totally fine - we don’t want to be cheeky so it’s only if you think this would work for you.

For the Subscribers - Obviously the subscribers get not just the lovely yarn they’ve ordered but also a number of treats in each box, it works for them as long as we curate it well, otherwise it becomes spammy.

For you - As businesses, our objective is to make money so giving things away is never particularly fun however from a sensible marketing perspective I think it’s a brilliant opportunity for certain brands to reach their target audience in a different way. It works best when a business truly has a similar customer/audience to LAD, not just for my subscribers, who I really want to love everything in their box, but also for the brands who donate things, you won’t get anything out of it if they aren’t you people but if they are, you’ll be speaking to a crowd of wonderful humans who support and invest in you - not just financially, but with their time, loyalty and interest (speaking from experience).

I’ve asked my subscribers to kindly share any of the treats that they received that they particularly like. This does mean that the products tend to get a better result than the flyers etc but that seems fair in terms of the cost of ‘donation’.

From me - I don’t guarantee anything with the subscription gifts as otherwise it gets a bit too complicated but I do not underestimate what you’re giving. I’m well aware that this deal also works for me - not only is it more exciting each time I pack the boxes because there’s an array of things to put in them, it’s also a great selling point for me that my boxes get filled with treats as well as yarn! For that, I honestly try my hardest to help however I can. I really want to thank you for donating and so I spend a lot of time photographing the items that come in and sharing them on IG stories and on my blog. Again it’s not guaranteed but so far I think I’ve managed to do all of them. Here’s a blog post as an example and all these images have/will go on my IG stories.

Where to send things:

If you’ve read all this and fancy sending some bits our way that would be wonderful! You’re welcome to let us know what you’re sending but you don’t have to. We’re in the studio most days and love happy post (even if it isn’t actually for us!) Please send whatever works for you to our studio at the below address and we will store it safely until it’s time to despatch the Sub Boxes:

Lauren Aston Designs

The Old Ticket Office,

Holman Way

Topsham

Exeter

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And of course you can always email us if you have any questions. Here’s the link to send an email.

Thank you SO much to everyone who’s sent things so far, I’ve had the best time seeing it unfold on social media and love to hear about the orders you’ve received and the audience you’ve reached as a result. Keep me in the loop and let me know how you got on.

Thank you!

L x


 What else you got?

We aren’t currently looking for anymore help in the studio or anymore knitters but do feel free to get in touch if you think you’d be a good fit with the LAD team and we can keep your details on file. Thank you!

 

For any other opportunities please do email me. It’s likely we’ll be looking for more (part time) admin help soon - I’ll put a job description up on the website somewhere once we’ve made a plan. and I always enjoy hearing about ideas for collabs or…well, anything fun! Email away friend, I look forward to hearing from you!

Wanna Model?

We want to show off our Knit Kit products on as many different women as possible - every shape, size and colour - to share throughout the website and social media. We’re not looking for ‘models’ as such - we are looking for confident women who would like to spend the day having their photos taken, so we can use those images to promote our kits.

In return for your time, we’d love to give you some knitting goodies (ready made or DIY.) We’d need you to be relatively local - and able to travel to our chosen venue (around Exeter/Topsham)

We don’t have a date yet but please get in touch via the form below and we’ll let you know details as we have them.

Diversity is very important to us therefore we’re asking questions about size and colour to make sure we get a good range of models…

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