Hi, my name is Helena Wiltshire and Im the founder of Wiltshire & Willow and a huge small business advocate. Firstly I want to say thank you and welcome to Wiltshire & Willow, as we start to approach the official launch of the box I'm getting very excited and so I want to take the opportunity to both introduce myself and the box in a bit more depth.
Firstly, about me, I'm a 23 year old Fashion Marketing graduate. I graduated last summer amid the global pandemic and really struggled to find a full time job in my field so after working 2 months in a job I hated at the supermarket I started my first brand Wiltshire Masks. I was sewing cotton and satin reusable face mask and marketing them Instagram. When I joined Instagram with my business, my eyes were completely opened up to a whole new supportive busiess community I hadn't really seen before on my personal Instagram.
I'm not sure how I couldn't have thought about it before, but I had no idea there were so so many really talented creators making some of the most amazing products. The tough thing about being a small business and starting out is getting that initial awareness and exposure you need to make the business sustainable. If only I knew earlier, I would have been supporting small brands earlier but i had no clue where to look.
This is why at the end of 2020 I started to develop the idea of Wiltshire & Willow. Not only a box but a platform to help support small business and give them a platform to reach a larger audience like me and you. I want this to be a really collaborative space here on the website, in the box and across social media. I really want to bring together a huge variety of home and lifestyle brands and so keep an eye out for the creative ways we do this!
In terms of what you can expect to see inside the box, I want to include as many varied pieces as possible so expect candles, coasters, mugs, plates, cushion covers, bath bombs, soap dishes! Everything you think can fit in a 30cm x 20cm x 15cm box! On the blog you can find an even wider range of themes from home to fitness to food and drinks! Plus, loads of guest bloggers.
I really hope you enjoy what we put together and I can't wait to hear what you all think.
Speak to you soon,