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1000 posts celebration - Harrop + Penny Giveaway



I absolutely love Harrop + Penny.  I have long time coveted the majority of the items in their shop.  I first came across them at Frome Artisan Market, and tried really hard to convince Dan that I needed a Yellow Enamal Mug, yes, it didn't work, I haven't stopped wanting it or the airam flask, the lemon squeezer and all the enamel ware that will fit into my kitchen.  The shop is beautifully curated and well sourced with design classics and perfect kitchenware.   I am over the moon that Tim and Lucy have joined me to celebrate my 1000 posts, here is more about them...

Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do? / What was the inspiration behind starting the shop?
We’re Tim and Lucy. We run Harrop + Penny, an online store selling a collection of some of our favourite things.  Tim decided to set up the business in 2011 shortly after we took an amazing road trip through Europe, travelling 3000 miles through France, Belgium, Italy, photographing a whole heap of stuff we really liked and drawing great inspiration from northern European design and homewares. Northern Europeans just do it so well; incredible craftsmanship partnered with simple, stylish, understated design. We’d been renovating our farmhouse for a few months and were searching for good things to fill it. We were feeling pretty frustrated with what was readily available and it felt like there was a real gap in affordable, quality products. We visited a lot of different outlets and brocante markets and the excitement grew from there really; we decided we wanted to put together our own collection of our findings and started with 40 items in our product line. We now have a collection of over 250 products which is continually growing; we often source from the northern countries of Europe and always from producers who share our ideals of quality and functionality. It’s a very exciting time!


Apart from Harrop + Penny what else do you like doing?
We tend to have one foot in the countryside and one in the city at the weekends – it’s good to hang out in the house and the garden as we don’t get so much time in the week, but enjoy going back to Bristol or Bath to seek out new places to eat or get a good glass. Bruton’s At the Chapel is a real treat. We’ll often spend Saturday mornings in Bath, swinging by the Farmer’s Market and Colonna and Small’s for coffee and Bertinet Bread is a highlight too. Tim’s big on film so Bristol’s arthouse cinema the Watershed is often on the cards at the weekends or CafĂ© Kino – brilliant for small, intimate gigs and a great place to discover new music. I’m in full swing of the car boot season at the moment so usually have an early start on Sundays to seek out thrifty bargains.


What is your favourite item in your shop and why? 
Oh, that’s tough! Can we only pick one? Our fishbone blankets have to be pretty high up there – they’re just super soft and never fail to comfort. Our Airam flasks are also one of our favourites – an excellent picnic accoutrement or commuting companion.

Please tell us about your current loves:


Photography Tom Copps / Stuart Whipps

Illustration Shana Murray / Rifle Paper Co. / Aaron Sewards / Hannah Waldron


Home/interiors Hatchet and Bear / Ensuite / The Selby

Blogs Fieldguided / Rose and Crown / The Sartorialist / Grijs / twentyfour bit / Sound and fury 





You regularly take part in St Catherine’s Market in Frome, can you tell us about it?
Sure. We’ve tried quite a few regional markets and this is really our favourite. It’s just undertaking a big expansion and set to become one of the biggest independent markets in the region with a great selection of designer makers and crafts folk. It’s always been a great place to buy really amazing artisan food – some of our staple purchases: incredible bread and pastries from At the Chapel, cheese from Tom Calver, and the best portugese custard tarts you’ll ever eat from Luso Deli. It’s been a really good place for us to connect with other young businesses too like Hatchet and Bear and Robin and Mould – they’re all doing really good things in the region and I’m not sure we’d have found them if it wasn’t for the market. Since we sell predominantly online, it’s really nice to make face-to-face contact with our customers too - it’s great to get some feedback on new products.


Describe your studio/workspace?
We’re lucky enough to live and work in a beautiful part of the country – right up on the top of the Mendips and both have a studio in the house, which is hugely beneficial for late night working and keeping things flexible. We both currently work around other jobs – I’ve worked as a freelancer in the arts for number of years and Tim is a garden designer, so sometimes it’s tricky to juggle everything but it also keeps things interesting to have other projects on the go.

What is a typical workday for you?
Check orders, make orders, collate packages and trips to the post office; getting products out to customers is top of the priority list but we also carve out time for research and keep up to date with new design.


What do you love most about what you do?
The creativity. Finding amazing new items to add to the collection and hearing how much our customers enjoy using our products.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
It has to be our favourite print by our friend Hannah James. She’s a super interesting young artist - living and working in Rotterdam at the moment.

If you were stranded in the wilds what item would you want with you to survive?
We’d be pretty stuck without our dog Jean Jacques, but failing that, just one of our Chemex coffee makers and an endless supply of beans from Roundhill Roastery would be sufficient.

Which is your favourite local independent shop or eatery & why?
It has to be Colonna and Smalls - simply the best flat white going and such fantastic knowledge about coffee – we learn something new on every visit.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
Happy, healthy and taking the store on new adventures - we’ve toyed with the idea of a stint in Belgium so maybe an outlet in Brussels or Ghent? Let’s see….

Thanks guys, you have some seriously great loves there, an evenings reading is in order.


Harrop + Penny have kindly donated an Airam Flask for one lucky Littlegreenshed follower.  The Airam Flask, large. The best flask on the market. These vacuum flasks were designed for the north countries and first produced in 1934. They promise to keep a boiling fluid above 50C for at least 24 hours. 1.0 lt. Made in Finland.  I NEED one!  Perfect for adventuring.

Winner will be announced on 2nd July 2013 - good luck!


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36 comments:

  1. The flask looks fantastic and I'm off to check out the shop - I think I'll love it!

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  2. Way cool.flask good lucj all.

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  3. Oooh. And we got a wee mention! Thanks Lucy. Off to enter... x

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  4. I love the butter hands!

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  5. Oh what a lovely shop. I love the Chemex milk pan in pink and I've been hankering after a Chemex coffee maker for a long time... x Charlotte

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  6. This is a great interview Lou - what an amazing shop too! These guys have got it sussed - a great mix of country and city living... I'm jealous. I'm all over that flask, it's got everything - good looks and totally practical. Count me IN!

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  7. Hario V60 Coffee Drip Kettle 'Buono'

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  8. This is the favourite of my giveaways and I love the others - gorgeous flask, if I don't win I am going to be buying one x

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  9. All the enamel is lovely. Natalie

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  10. Ohhhh you're blog is so so lovely! I'm overly jealous that you got to travel Europe for a bit. We're dying to get back.

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  11. such wonderful things all in one shop!...love the graphics on that flask! xx

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  12. I' ve never heard of these - what lovely things - I wish I lived nearer - I 'd below there today.

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  13. Jodie Rawlings26.6.13

    Oh this glorious tiffin tin! http://www.harropandpenny.co.uk/collections/all/products/3-tier-food-container
    Jodie

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  14. How do you manage to make brushing your teeth look so lovely?!

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  15. what a lovely shop, just my kind of thing! love the little milk pan (and the flask of course)! x

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  16. What a gorgeous shop ... I love lots of their products but might just have to get a set of enamelware baking tins ... Bee xx

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  17. Hello Lesley. Thanks for your kind comments. Just to say, we're based in Bristol but everything in the shop is available online via the website and we deliver right across the UK.

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  18. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments about the shop. We're flattered to be featured on Lou's blog! If you'd like to keep up to date with news from Harrop + Penny - new products, events and special offers, please do subscribe to our newsletter via the website:
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  19. oh they have a pink enamel measuring jug that is the cutest thing ever, I've been longing to replace my ugly pyrex one with something, and that could be perfect.

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  20. Wonderful shop selling many lovely things. The blankets are indeed fantastic, as is the flask.

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  21. Oohh my favourite is the Enamel jug in yellow and black. So pretty and I know someone who'd love it for a birthday gift. Thank you!

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  22. What beautiful and useful things. I'd love to win the flask.

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  23. LOVE THEIR FLOUR SIFTER :)

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  24. What an amazing prize, especially as my favourite old vintage flask broke a few months ago.....the lack of being able to take tea with me to places has been most distressing! :) Wonderful post xxx

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  25. thanks for the introduction to this wonderful shop!!!!

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  26. I'm actually in need of a new flask, and this one is lovely - thanks for the introduction to them too! Count me in.

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  27. I love all the enamelware, but the Hario V60 coffee drip kettle is my favourite.

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  28. Gorgeous giveaway... just what I need for my return to country life!
    Love everything from Hatchet and Bear and also the enamelware. B x

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  29. I think the pink enamel milk pan is so pretty!

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  30. the Rotary Apple Peeler

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  31. So many lovely things in this shop - thank you for introducing me to it! I'd love to win this flask

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  32. Theresa Lander30.6.13

    I love the Golden Green Enamel Milk Pan http://www.harropandpenny.co.uk/collections/all/products/enamel-milk-pan-golden-green
    It reminds me of the one that my Gran used to have when I was a little girl :-)

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  33. Love the enamel measuring jug. Thank you for the introduction.

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  34. What a lovely blog, found this by accident but am happy! :-)

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  35. Love the enamel ware... I'm feeling lucky today! This morning I won a 3 foot tall Winnie The Pooh at the Nursery School fun day!

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