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Posted on March 06, 2015 by claire ongley | 0 comments

Running a business with a staff of one is busy enough, let alone when a baby comes along. Time suddenly disappears before your eyes. Jobs sit on the to-do list for months until eventually they just fall off the end. Such is the case when it comes to the blog. My last blog post was June 14, 2014! Just four days before the little guy was born. Almost nine months later, and I am gradually reclaiming my to-do list. 

Along with the blog writing, I have been busily searching for lovely new things to add to the Izzy and Jean Co. range. The first to arrive is a shipment of beautiful brushes and household tools from Iris Hantverk. Since the late 1900s, Iris Hantverk has employed visually impaired craftsmen to make their brushes. Amazingly, this is still the case today! As well as brushes they now make a range of household tools boasting simplicity and Scandinavian style. I am very excited to put them up on the website and look forward to seeing what you think.

Since launch, we have stocked Redecker handmade brushes from Germany. Redecker is another long-running business that has been handcrafting brushes since 1935. Reluctantly I have decided to stop stocking the brand because I am no longer able to purchase directly from Redecker in Germany. New Zealand retailers must now purchase from their distributor in Australia. Unfortunately this added 'middle man' makes it more expensive for retailers like myself. Compounding this, and for reasons which are unknown to me, shipping from Australia is prohibitively expensive. 

Not expecting to find another handmade brush business like Redecker, I was delighted to come across Iris Hantverk. Take a look and see what you think.

Over the next month or two we will have some more noteworthy new products, so keep an eye out!


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