With love from OXO...
Tell us about last Thursday evening, you were making snowglobes – what’s the connection with Bramwell Brown?
Sarah: Last Thursday was so much fun. A really jolly, festive evening and we welcomed lots of new visitors to the Oxo Tower and into our shop. To continue the fun we thought it would be a great idea to get our visitors doing some Christmas crafting. Clocks and especially clock mechanisms really take us back to our childhood and one thing we associate with Christmas is snowglobes – they are so magical, plus we thought it was suitably weather related!
Rob: Our Weather Clocks are 'mechanimated' and we love mechanics! But also love the opportunity to make and create things (hence the very first prototype of our Weather Clock) so we thought it would be a really interactive and fun thing to do with visitors to our shop and it worked really well, we had some fantastic snowglobes created!
How was the evening? Did you have a good turn out?
Sarah: It was a really successful evening, the Oxo Tower was very busy and there was so much to see and do and buy! The Oxo Tower had provided mulled wine, chestnuts and a festive band playing Christmas tunes – which created a lovely atmosphere to shop for gifts.
Rob: A real highlight of the evening for us was the Christmas band playing ‘Rock around the clock’ in our shop amongst our Weather and Tide Clocks!
Why do you think people should visit the Oxo Tower to do their shopping this Christmas?
Sarah: Christmas shopping can be very stressful, especially if you are up against the crowds on busy high streets. At Oxo Tower Wharf, there is plenty of space, away from the crowds and you can make a day of it too. There are lots of unusual shops and talented designers to visit, there are places to stop and eat (or have a cocktail) and you can even combine your trip with an exhibition (Dazzle contemporary jewellery exhibition is on until 8th January).
Rob: If you’re looking for unique gifts (things you really won’t find anywhere else) or something very special - the Oxo Tower is the place to go. We have some fantastically talented neighbours including some of the best creative jewellers in London, like Mikala Djorup who creates modern, wearable jewellery, Snowden Flood, an award winning accessories and gift designer, not to mention interior designers Philip Watts Design who also show an amazing range of ironmongery accessories.
What’s your most popular Clock for Christmas this year?
Rob: Our Copper Weather Clock has flown off the shelves and we are desperately trying to fulfil demand before Christmas. We have recently started working with a new Copper plater based in Derbyshire – it’s a fascinating business and we will be writing a blog on this next year, so keep your eyes peeled!
What are Bramwell Brown’s plans for the New Year?
Sarah: Our initial plans are to deliver any outstanding orders that we haven’t been able to fulfil from Christmas and normalise production as soon as possible so that we are fully back up and running. We also want to get stock out to our fantastic independent retailers and stockists so that they are ready to go for 2017, plus we may have a couple more clock designs up our sleeve – watch this space!