Just a quick little blog post this month to let you all know that our March Madness sale is live! There’s 33% off everything on our site up until the end of the month, so grab yourself a bargain!
We’re just a few weeks into 2020 but already so much has changed for us, the biggest thing being that we finally have our own studio! No longer are we working out of our home, now we have our own studio in an old mill building in Leeds and it’s wonderful. Being self-employed is stressful and it honestly takes over your life, you can never truly switch off and relax. This is amplified when you are literally working from your home – I can’t count the number of times I told myself I was finished working for the day, only to keep glancing at my desk from the corner of my eye and 10 minutes later finding myself sat there doing ‘just one more task’.
Moving House Of Bats into the studio has meant that now when I am home I am truly at home – there is no desk there, no supplies…if I decide to do ‘just one more task’ it means hopping in my car and driving 20 minutes and honestly at the end of a hard days work that’s the last thing I want to do! Now you might think that not having everything to hand would make me less productive, but frankly the reverse has happened. The distractions of my sofa, of the household chores to be done, are all gone. Plus, I’m no longer on my own – I share the studio with 2 fellow small businesses. Honestly I am an introvert, but even I was finding myself feeling increasingly lonely working alone at home. Here at the studio myself, Sophie of Silly Loaf and Amy of Red Paper House are able to support each other through the tough times and celebrate the successes of our respective businesses. Though our styles are rather different, we all experience the same struggles and having the support of my friends has encouraged me to forge ahead with my plans for the business at a far faster rate than I would have done on my own.
So far, just a few weeks into being in the studio, I have designed 2 new collections (early stages folks, don’t get too excited yet!), designed and released a range of greetings cards via Thortful and revamped my wholesale catalogue – all while keeping on top of orders, social media, admin etc. Not bad going, if I do say so myself!
Has the new year brought big changes for you?
Let me know in the comments,
Anna Bat x
Happy new year bats! It’s the start of a new decade, and while others are looking to the future we are busy being inspired by the past with the launch of our Memento Mori collection.
We’ve been working on this collection for the longest time, visiting cemeteries, attending lectures about victorian mourning culture and binge watching the Ask A Mortician series on YouTube (highly recommend you check it out!). The result is a collection we are really proud of, featuring tombstones, skeleton keys, a cemetery silhouette scene, cemetery gates, a memento mori plaque and – FINALLY – skulls!
Yes, after all this time House Of Bats finally has skulls! Honestly, the lack of skull products has been somewhat of a source of shame for us so we are thrilled to finally add such a gothic staple to our catalogue.
As always, we used 100% recycled acrylic, all our products are designed and made here in the UK, everything is vegan friendly and 10% of all profits go to The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Plus, don’t forget that you can get 25% off your first order (including this latest collection) when you sign up to our mailing list!
Thank you all for all your support in 2019, keep following us on social media because we have so many plans for 2020 and would love to have you along for the ride x
We don’t follow the crowd….except for when we do. Yep, we’re having a Black Friday sale. There’s 30% off sitewide until Tuesday 3rd December. We could go on talking about it, but you know the drill!
Save a whopping 50% off everything in our store this Halloween season! Offer ends 1st November 2019.
We’re delighted to present to you our long overdue latest product drop – The Bathory Collection. A range of jewellery designs themed around classic vampiric imagery, inspired by the cult classic vampire flicks of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.
The Bathory Collection is named after Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian noblewoman from the 14th and 15th centuries who was reputably a sadistic serial killer who bathed in the blood of her victims to retain her youth. Kind of like a vampiric spa treatment, if you will. She was even nicknamed ‘Countess Dracula’.
The truth about the Countess is likely to be less salacious than the gossip, but the story is compelling all the same. Vampires hold such a special place in folklore around the world, a perpetual legend that speaks to the dark heart of us all.
We’ve been working on this collection for the longest time, and are thrilled to be able to finally showcase our hard work. We hope you love the pieces as much as we do – let us know what you think!
Anna Bat x
This September is London Edge, an iconic trade show for alternative fashion and lifestyle that’s held twice a year – and this time we’re attending!
We’re really excited to be exhibiting at such a fantastic event, showcasing our product ranges to wholesale buyers and social influencers. We’ve sold to wholesale clients for a number of years, but never actually exhibited at a trade show before so it’s more than a little daunting! We reckon we’re ready for the challenge though, and are really looking forward to meeting others in this industry.
If you’re going to London Edge drop us a message! It would be lovely to have some friendly faces to see while we’re there.
You can find details about the trade show at www.londonedge.com
See you there!
Anna Bat x
We don’t hold sales all that often, but when we do we go big! There’s currently 50% off absolutely everything, but like all good things it does have to end. The sale will end at midnight on Sunday 30th June (British time) so be sure to grab yourself a bargain before then! Don’t worry if you do miss out, there’s still a 25% discount code to be had when you subscribe to our mailing list, plus free UK shipping when you spend £30.
Meanwhile, we’re busy working on A LOT of new designs, so make sure to follow us on social media for the latest news!
Anna Bat x
Today is World Goth Day, a small but growing movement celebrating gothic culture. There are events going on around the globe (check out www.worldgothday.com for details of events in your area) and in theory it’s a time for goths of all shapes and sizes to get together and embrace our common interests.
Sadly, the reality of the gothic culture isn’t such a happy image (yep, poor wording but you know what I mean!). Gothic culture is suffering from a seeming epidemic of so-called ‘gatekeepers’. People who are so protective of their opinion of what ‘goth’ is that they spend their time denigrating anybody who dares to differ from that while still calling themselves goth. Dress like a goth but don’t like the music? Out. Like the music but don’t like the fashion? Out. Like some of the music but not others? Out. Cyber goth? Nu goth? Industrial goth? Pastel goth? Out out out out. The list goes on.
Now this may sound harmless and trivial, but in actuality it can be really damaging both to the individual under attack and to our culture as a whole. A lot of the time, mainstream society is a pretty unwelcoming place for us goths – you only have to read the story of Sophie Lancaster to see that – so imagine how it must feel to be rejected by both mainstream society AND the gothic society which you feel should embrace you? Are we really willing to reject people for being ‘different’ without seeing the inherent irony there?
If you keep in touch with world events it won’t surprise you to learn that there is often a racist element to this gatekeeping too. Far too regularly we see posts in social media claiming that you can only be goth if you are white. It’s difficult to put into words how disgusting that is. Not to mention monumentally stupid. Look at the history of music and try tell me that goth music would have happened without black musicians. Look at how heavily gothic fashion has been inspired by African designs (the most obvious example being the Egyptian Ankh). But that’s almost beside the point. Racism has no place here, or anywhere.
Goth is a subculture with a wide range of facets, full of interesting people with interesting ideas. Part of the joy of being goth is finding beauty in everything and embracing people’s differences. So sack the gatekeepers, break down the walls, and celebrate the diversity that makes us all wonderfully, weirdly goth.
Anna Bat x
2019 has been a trying time for us here at Bats HQ, but it doesn’t do well to dwell on the past so we’re looking towards the future! This month we relaunched our website, and we couldn’t be happier with it. There are new features such as the ability to leave reviews and make your own wishlist, you can shop our Instagram feed, and checkout is quicker and easier than ever before!
We still have the House Of Bats products you know and love, and have added hoop earrings too – perfect for stretched ears or just for something a bit different.
As a small business getting the new site up and running has been a massive undertaking, and now it is done we are putting all our energy into exciting new product lines so watch this space!
Thank you all for your support, we love our batty family
Anna Bat x