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Ciao tutti!

I hope you've had a wonderful week.

Welcome Alison, Rachel, Jessica S, Julie, S. Jessica M, Chetan, Emma, Nicola, Poppy, Julia D, Chi-Lin, Julia H, Michelle, Alison, Anne, Helen, Uta, C. LS, Dea, Eundeok, Sarah, V, N, Jane, Brenda, Jean, HL, Caroline, D, Cherole, Emily, Anna, Charlotte, Noah, Hannah, Jennifer, Lorraine, Jan, Maria, Mark, K and Lorelei. Thank you for joining us.

Each Sunday I write about something in the spirit of sustainability... and I do my best to make it an educational yet enjoyable read.

Our newsletter archive contains all the back issues. Popular topics have been how to quit fast fashion and what you need to know about the leather industry.

To shake it up a bit, today I'm going to share some recent fun goings-on at LUXTRA.

Spirit of Summer fair
Me, snapped mid-demonstration, during the Spirit of Summer fair.

This time last week I was standing tall and proud at the Spirit of Summer fair. It was wonderful to meet so many of you! A few of you even came sporting your LUXTRA bags, which was such a treat to see.

In addition to stopping every second person to ask them if they'd heard about "pineapple leather", we ran a win-your-favourite-bag competition and I'm delighted to announce that N.C.W. (using initials for privacy reasons) is our winner.

🎉 Bravo! 🎉 I'll be dropping you a line shortly.

Recloseted podcast

Last week I spoke to Selina on the Recloseted podcast about overproduction, failed business partnerships, and scaling a vegan accessory brand. Recloseted is a consultancy firm run by Selina Ho, who is "in the business of making it worthwhile and profitable for brands to incorporate sustainability.”

The link to the podcast is here. Apparently I'm a bit too self-deprecating (which may come as no surprise to longtime readers), but hey... it's something I'm working on...

A special offer: a free pouch with any tote purchase

For one week we are offering a free pouch (value £89) with every tote purchase. To take advantage of this offer, use the discount code DELPHINIUM at check out. Make sure you have added both products to the cart before you apply the discount code. You can choose any colour combination - so go crazy :)

Offer ends July 8 at midnight (BST) and cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.

DHL makes for happy customers

Yay! This type of note from a customer always, always makes my day.

As prices increase, I've been drilling down with vigour into LUXTRA's expenses and general costs. Payments to shipping courier DHL Express represent a significant line in our monthly management accounts, however it's one service that pays for itself.

Royal Mail is the UK's postal service, and it's pretty fantastic for posting anything within the UK. Unfortunately Brexit has meant that sending anything to Europe is now a real pain and Royal Mail shipments take an age (we counted 27 days for one item going to the Netherlands - yikes!) and postal-service packages are far more likely to be held up in customs. Sigh.

The amount of time Chloé, Fiona or I have spent chasing missing parcels for customers makes me cringe.

All this to share with you the fact that we use DHL (selecting "GoGreen" carbon neutral, of course) for all your purchases, meaning we can all sleep soundly!

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Voilà, voilà, that's it from my side for this week. I'm a bit behind on my emails, so I will get back to you soon if you've sent me a message. Thanks for your patience.

Wishing you all a nice week ahead,

Jessica x

LUXTRA Founder | Joyful Business Owner | Proud B Corp-er
Jessica Kruger, LUXTRA