Although all our worlds have been turned upside down over the past few months we’ve been fortunate enough at Ollie & Nic to keep our online business running pretty much as normal. As a family-owned and run business we work together and live together so social distancing in the office, in the warehouse or on the packing bench hasn't been required, although I do sometimes think about implementing it at certain times... :D
As with all businesses, whatever their size, we’re facing all sorts of new challenges and are having to adapt and find new ways of doing things to keep our show on the road. We design our own collections of handbags and accessories which are made for us by overseas factories that have been, and in some cases still are, in lockdown in their own countries. Luckily, we were able to finalise this year’s Autumn/Winter collection before everything shut down and as restrictions are slowly easing across the world, we’re looking to be on track to bring some great new styles through in a few months’ time.
On a personal level, I’m looking forward to being able to see and spend time with our extended family and our friends and even being able to chat to the multitude of delivery drivers and couriers that are so important in keeping our business running, rather than the contactless handovers and drop-offs that are currently part of our daily lives.