Entrepreneurs receive early Christmas present from John Lewis
Christmas came early for two British entrepreneurs after securing a lucrative partnership with retail giant John Lewis.
Two years ago 20-year-old Louis Porter, and Tom Coleman, 27, used a £3,000 credit card loan to found The Handmade Christmas Co, which makes and sells hand-printed personalised Christmas gift sacks.
The pair impressed John Lewis so much that as well as the sacks being made available in stores and online they also managed to secure two pop-up shops at the company’s flagship Oxford Street and Sloane Square stores. The sacks are also available to buy at the firm’s online store, HandmadeChristmasCo
The partnership comes two years after the duo launched their business with the dream of selling 500 sacks. They smashed their original target within weeks and ended up selling 42,000 sacks in their first year alone. Last year, with a team of 17 in-house staff they more than doubled sales by selling 91,000 sacks.
This year they hope to smash the 100,000 mark.
“John Lewis has become synonymous with Christmas and we are delighted that our hand-finished gift sacks are part of their festive collection. Tom and I started The Handmade Christmas Co as a side project two years ago, but it soon took over and we made it our career. Now, not only are we selling sacks here in the UK but across the world with orders on their way to Australia, New Zealand and America.”
The 2016 Collection from The Handmade Christmas Co. offers 15 different designs, each inspired by a famous Briton. Personalised sacks are £22 and non-personalised sacks are for £17.
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