Winter is finally here! We are getting snow down right down to sea level today like we had twice 2011? Wellies is based quite near the sea in North Canterbury so it was really out of the ordinary to snow – let alone get two big dumps of snow in one year on our land. Still, we have plenty of high quality warm Barbour gumboots on hand to keep our feet dry!
By the way we have had a few people coming to us recently with Hunter wellies that they have bought in stores around Australia and New Zealand which have quality issues. They assume we can help but we have not been the distributors of Hunter gumboots in Australia or New Zealand for several years. I’m not sure who is bringing Hunters gumboots from China, but I suggest you contact either the retailer you buy them from or Hunter directly in England. Its very frustrating because we hate thinking of people paying good money for boots that then let them down.
Anyway, back onto nicer topics. We are really getting into proper wellies weather now and we are bringing on lots of new retailers around NZ and Aus. The Barbours are proving to be such a reliable product. We just don’t get any complaints. It is a privilege to distribute them. We have had really positive reviews from retailers to say they look great in store and are selling like hot cakes. We recently visited the Karen Walker store in Auckland where the boots just looked superb.
Oh and finally. I should probably mention celebrities wearing our gumboots. But I won’t. They deserve their privacy. But watch out for them. There are a growing number of glamorous, high profile kiwi ladies stepping out in Barbour wellies this winter – which we really love to see.
So sad to see all the leaves falling off the trees after a lovely, if not quite as warm as we might hope, summer.
We are starting to get into Autumn. My husband is frantically planting trees already and has me out in my wellies collecting acorns with him. He loves growing oaks from seed. I have taken a lovely pair of green Barbour wellies for myself this autumn. They contrast well with all the brown leaves and look really stunning. We are getting a lot of demand for some of the more interesting colours like rustic and purple. It's great to see ladies expressing themselves through their winter footwear. No reason to let the colder months dampen down our enthusiasm for looking fashionable. We are looking forward to a busy winter. Lots of people seem to be buying wellies this year for concerts and festivals around Sydney and Melbourne. Hope you have your wardrobe ready for the winter.
Lots of leaves turning now in the garden. The pin oaks have an amazing red leaf. We are really getting into welly season too. So many enquires in the last few days. It is wonderful to hear from you all. We have had great reports of the Barbour wellies 'flying off the shelves' at Karen Walker stores. People are really starting to think about keeping warm and looking stylish this winter, which is great. I have to say that i feel very lucky to be involved with such a high quality brand. The performance of the boots for our customers, has been and continues to be exceptional. So roll on winter, can't wait to be out and about on the ski fields in lovely colourful wellies! and make sure you get in touch with us soon if you want new wellies to arrive before the cold weather.
So the Christchurch show was a big success. The Barbour gumboots looked stunning with all the colours on show in our tent. A real eye catcher. Thank you to everybody who stopped by and had a look at the wellies and thank you to everyone who bought a pair. We are still giving NZ$10 from every sale to Ronald McDonald house until Christmas and we raised several hundred dollars for that wonderful charity during show week. It's actually quite busy for this time of year in the welly business, thanks to all this rain we have been getting. I suppose, like me, all of our customers are getting out in their wellies to catch up with the weeding. I spent 3 hours today on hands and knees in my lovely red Barbour gumboots weeding around our new rhodos. It's incredible how much the rhodos have grown this spring but so have the weeds!
I hope everyone is having as glorious season as we are having so far.
Oh and make sure you place your orders early if you plan to give Barbour gumboots this Christmas. We will be very busy because we have been advertising quite a lot in New Zealand and Australia.
Back now in NZ for nearly a week. We had a wonderful time in the UK. A wedding in the country and lots of fun in London. They are having a very hot Indian summer this year so not seeing a lot of wellies out and about yet. I did enjoy catching up on the latest fashions. Some very very short shorts and lots of Mustard yellow. I think the European economic problems are making the girls show lots of leg this year, apparently that always happens in a recession.
Really enjoying being home. Enzo missed us, he has done quite a lot of damage to our furniture since we got back, so that's his way of telling us we shouldn't have gone away, I caught him yesterday on the lawn with my beautiful red wellies. He didn't chew them. I think he knew he would be in trouble as he knows I love them. He just wanted attention. We have decided to get him a friend! watch this space.
Lots of excitement in the online gumboot selling business. We received some wonderful editorial coverage in last weekends Auckland Herald. Thank you to everybody who contacted us about seeing the wellies in that fashion shoot. We have also got a big wellies advertising campaign breaking. Well big for us! To raise awareness of Barbour gumboots in the lead up to Christmas. Barbour wellies make brilliant Christmas presents. So it's been very busy on the sales front for the last few days as people see the ads, it's taken quite a lot of catching up particularly with jet lag.
Our next big shipment of gumboots is on the water now from Europe. It contains some exciting new gumboot colours. So watch out for some additions to our range on the website soon.
This horrible weather just keeps on coming up from Antarctica but it's been good for gumboot sales. People don't like walking in all this slush in their shoes. We have been having a great time hearing from people all over New Zealand who are getting the heaviest snow they have seen for years. The perfect excuse to buy a lovely pair of Barbour's.
It's nice to be knowing that we are helping lots of feet stay dry and warm and making the snow and the school run a bit more manageable for lots of Kiwi yummy mummy's - but lets hope the spring comes soon!
Snow always makes everything look so pretty. I was a little bit worried about everyone out on the roads with the ice this morning though. Enzo has been enjoying jumping up out of the snow drifts yesterday trying to surprise people. He doesn’t seem to realise his dark black coat makes him easy to spot in a white blanket of snow! Here is a picture of Geo and I out on the lawn, wrapped up nice and warm, as the snow fell. Red Barbours photograph so well. Before this I had pale blue Hunter gumboots and they just didn’t photograph as well. These red ones always look amazing in pics. Very important!!
We are loving the brilliant sunshine today, and enjoying all the nice responses to our wellies newsletter.