This is not a wind-up. We're throwing in the towel. Time is up... (and many other textile and clock related puns!)
It is with a heavy heart that I write to advise that Juniper and Jane, at least in its current form, will shortly cease trading.
Jane and I would like to offer you our sincere thanks and warm wishes for your support over the past few years.
In the beginning
In April 2013 Juniper & Jane was established to bring authentic, considered, Scottish design to the giftware market. We carried out our design practice, marketing, customer service and wholesale trade with honesty, integrity and almost unrivalled passion for Scotland’s nature, people and places. Having faced a number of challenges along the way we learned a great deal about the nature of people, and business.
The hardest lesson to face was the realisation that running an honest, authentic design business with integrity does not come cheap. When faced with a dozen or so individuals/businesses stealing our intellectual property, we kept our heads held high and continued with the belief that they would soon be found out as frauds. Now, we have discovered around FORTY individuals/businesses have popped up throughout the country, piggy-baking on our initial success, undercutting our prices and undermining our award-winning product. This has cost our family business in the region of £30,000 per year.
There is nothing we can do to stop this. We've exhausted all avenues. And we appreciate all suggestions people have made in the past.
This devastating impact has not only left us without the required capital to develop new products and grow the business, but it also has serious ramifications for our families primary income, not to mention our mental well-being.
It just goes to show how callous and senseless people can be in pursuit of money.
Despite all of this, Jane and I remain positive. We will continue to share our creativity with passion and integrity as described below. Who knows, maybe we'll inspire a whole new industry!
Jane, as an artist continues to flourish. With more and more interesting commissions and exhibitions coming through I really look forward to seeing how she develops her practice over the next few years.
Jane's art studio will relocate to Paisley on 20th March 2017.
Keep up to date with Jane Hunter’s work at www.janehunterart.com
I’ll be supporting Jane on a few exciting projects. Developing my creative writing on www.samkilday.com And driving/tour-guiding around Scotland this Summer!
I will also continue designing and writing for fun or freelance here at www.juniperandjane.co.uk where I intend to share our business experiences - both good and bad - on the blog in the coming months.
As I mentioned at the top, we feel incredibly grateful for all the support, advice, orders and loyalty from our customers, family, friends and fans over the past 4 years.
If we discover any way to resurrect Juniper & Jane, in a sustainable way in the future, you will be the first to know.
For now, good luck and all the very best to you and yours from us and ours.
It has been fun!
Sam, Jane & family.