Meet the Stallholders: Six Bougies

Fair Christmas Fayre is TOMORROW! Today we hear from Six Bougies in the last of our ‘Meet the Stallholders’ series…

What will you be selling at Fair Christmas Fayre this year?

Six Bougies will be selling accessories such as tote bags, duffels, clutches, and make-up pouches handmade in Dakar, Senegal with locally woven African textiles. We will also be selling men’s ties and cushion covers!

Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre?

We are excited to participate in our first London event as historically, Six Bougies has only participated sales in the US and Senegal. As we are a company that supports and empowers local artisans, we are particularly drawn to the ethical side of the Fair Christmas Fayre and love to encourage ethical shopping (and discourage fast fashion!) whenever possible, especially around Christmas!

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Our favorite thing about Christmas is getting to spend quality time with our families, who all live far away. We especially love the time to hang out with our dogs!

What is your best Christmas cracker joke?

As Americans, we had to Google this phenomenon.. 😉 One of our favorites:

Who is Santa’s favorite singer? Elf-is Presley!

Follow Six Bougies on Facebook (/6Bougies)

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Meet the Stallholders: Siyana London

Meet Siyana London, one of our fabulous stallholders! See what they will be bringing to the this year’s Fair Christmas Fayre…

What will you be selling at Fair Christmas Fayre this year?

We design and make bags and scarves. All our scarves are handspun and handwoven which gives a district character to the product. We nurture, encourage and help flourish the individuality and craftsmanship of India’s indigenous artisans while working with contemporary ideas. Individually handcrafted, each of our products can be traced to a personal journey of an artisan from distinct part of the country.

Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre?

We exhibited last year at the Fayre and received an amazing response. My brand can communicate better since all are products are ethical made and every product has a story.

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Togetherness is the best thing I like about Christmas.

What is your best Christmas cracker joke?

Who is Santa Claus married to? Mary Christmas!

Follow Siyana London on Twitter (@siyanalondon) and Facebook (/siyanalondon)

Meet the Stallholders: George and Vee

George and Vee have been with us since the beginning of Fair Christmas Fayre many moons ago! Keep reading to find out what they’ll be selling at the Fayre this year, and why they love to be part of it…

What will you be selling at Fair Christmas Fayre this year?

Handmade Oya lace jewellery and accessories. Fair trade homewares and accessories and hand-embroidered leather bags and wallets. I love travelling and meeting the makers, sourcing beautiful handicrafts and also do some of the making myself too with my own line of Christmas decorations & jewellery!

Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre?

I have traded at this fair since it began and it’s always my favourite fair of the year. A wonderful relaxed setting for customers to escape the madness of Oxford Street and all the ethical Christmas presents you could possibly need all in one place! Why shop anywhere else!

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Cold cheeks and clear night skies and seeing the city lit up so beautifully everywhere. And of course, time to just stop and appreciate those you love!

What is your best Christmas cracker joke?

What do you call a Deer with no eyes? No eye-deer!

Follow George and Vee on Twitter (@henjensmithers)

Meet the stallholders: Resource Uganda

Fair Christmas Fayre is just around the corner and we’re really excited about the stalls that will be taking part this year!

In the latest of our ‘Meet the Stallholders’ series, Resource Uganda share what they will be selling on Saturday 10 December, and why they’re excited to be involved…

What will you be selling at Fair Christmas Fayre this year?

We’ll be selling beautiful jewellery made from paper beads (‘Kisa Beads’) – necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The beads are lovingly hand-made from strips of recycled paper by our women’s craft cooperative in a small village in Uganda. Through this initiative, Resource Uganda is helping local women to become financially independent, and empowering them to claim their rights within their community.

Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre?

We love meeting people and getting the chance to speak about what Resource Uganda is achieving with the help of our UK supporters. It’s also a great opportunity so support The Salvation Army’s fantastic work in the UK and overseas, and we love selling our beads and spreading some Christmas cheer!

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Our favourite things have to be clear, crisp winter mornings and not feeling guilty about eating way too much food!

What is your best Christmas cracker joke?

What do you call Santa’s little helpers? Subordinate clauses!

Follow Resource Uganda on Facebook (/resourceuganda) and Instagram (@resourceuganda).

 

Meet the stallholders: K Shawls

Salma from K Shawls is the latest stallholder to share a little about what we can expect from them at Fair Christmas Fayre 2016!

What will you be selling at Fair Christmas Fayre this year?

We will be selling beautiful authentic shawls and gifts from Kashmir.

Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre? 

We wanted to trade at Fair Christmas Fayre as we are a new and small business supporting individual artisans and trying to promote the artwork of individuals.

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Our favourite thing about Christmas is the positive vibe amongst everyone, the smiles and the surprises.

Follow K Shawls on Facebook (/kshawlsuk) and Twitter (@kshawlsuk)

Meet the stallholders: Saboon Alee

The latest stallholder to share what they’ll be selling at Fair Christmas Fayre 2016 is Saboon Alee…

What will you be selling at Fair Christmas Fayre this year?

Saboon Alee is a family start-up that produce beautiful bars of handmade organic soap. With over 20 years’ experience in manufacturing and producing natural cosmetics, in 2014 we decided to try and start our own venture, producing high quality soaps at reasonable prices. Our soaps are carefully formulated and handcrafted using the finest organic and sustainably sourced raw ingredients. Each soap is made with organic olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and delicately scented with essential oils.

Choose from: Lavender (Classic, calm and relaxing), Tea Tree (Fresh and tingly), Geranium & Orange (Fruity and Zesty), Patchouli (Rich and aromatic), Frankincense and Myrrh (Soft, subtle and soothing) and Vetiver and Lemongrass (Sharp and earthy).

We also have a range of solid perfume in similar scents, natural loofahs, Frankincense incense, Incense burners and beeswax candles.

Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre?

Fair Christmas Fayre is a great initiative – as a company and a family, we believe in fair, ethical and eco-friendly living. There are so many products on the market but not many companies prioritize people and the environment over profit. We are passionate about producing sustainable products that are good for people and the environment.

Our soaps do not contain parabens, preservatives or SLSs. They are produced using sustainable and organic oils, so do not add any harsh chemicals to our water systems. Our soaps have been safety assessed, they are not tested on animals, and are suitable for vegans. Each bar of soap is wrapped and packaged in recycled and recyclable tissue paper, printed with water-based inks, in an factory powered by hydro-electricity from a water mill in Lancashire.

We are looking forward to connecting with like-minded sellers and shoppers!

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Spending time with family, catching up with friends and, of course, enjoying Christmas dinner together.

What is your best Christmas cracker joke?

What did the Hat say to the Scarf? You hang on and I’ll go on ahead.

Follow Saboon Alee on Facebook (/saboonalee) and Twitter (@saboonalee).

Meet the stallholders: Louise Whalley

We’ve got some fabulously creative people taking part in Fair Christmas Fayre 2016! Today we hear what Louise Whalley will be bringing to the Fayre…

What will you be selling at Fair Christmas Fayre this year?

I will be selling dichroic glass jewellery, fused glass bowls and copper foiled decorations. Everything on my stall is made by me in my south London studio.

Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre?

I was told about the Fair Christmas Fayre by a colleague – she described it as her favourite fair of the Christmas season – how could I not want to join in!

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

I love Christmas – but probably the thing I enjoy the most is putting out the Christmas stockings for my children. I made their stockings (bags really) for them when they were very little and they love to get them out each year.

What is your best Christmas cracker joke?

What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school? The elf-abet!