If you have been following us for a while you’ve probably noticed some changes to our store over the years, including our recent product overhaul. We’ve received a few questions about it, so have decided to take this opportunity to explain what we have done and why, and to hopefully clear up any confusion!
As you may know, House Of Bats is run by a very small team – mainly myself (Anna Bat) with technical support from my husband. I design and make the products, make all purchasing and aesthetic decisions and essentially House Of Bats is my dream. What this means for the business is that my emotions can have a notable impact on the products we sell.
What does this have to do with all the recent changes? Well, to be frank a lot of the products previously on this site were not wholly designed by me. They used ready made, commercially available, charms and pendants. This is perfectly fine, nothing dodgy about this technically, but it isn’t what I wanted to sell. So why was I selling it then? It all comes down to confidence. I had lost confidence in myself, in my abilities and in my own designs. I hid behind using these charms and pendants as it was easier than putting myself out there and facing possible rejection. I became accepted as a stockist of Alchemy and Banned Apparel, something I am still proud of, because I could then rely on their amazing reputations without having to really build one of my own. It wasn’t through laziness though, as any business owner can tell you! It was fear that was holding me back from following my heart.
So what changed? I was speaking to a good friend of mine one day, and many cups of tea and more than a couple of tears later she had inspired me to bite the bullet and have faith in myself. I cleared the site of everything bar my own designs and the branded products, and set to work creating more designs of my own. The branded products will not be being restocked – once they are gone, they are gone. I will be sad to see them go as we have only ever stocked products I truly love, but if House Of Bats is to become what I want it to be, then they have to go.
You might be wondering what happened to the old stock, did we throw it away? No, not at all! All our old products are still available on our Etsy and Amazon stores, just until all existing stocks are sold out.
What does the future look like for House Of Bats? Who can say! For now though we are really excited about the direction we’re going in – we have our biggest product launch to date coming soon with a brand new collection of over 30 jewellery products that we are sure you will love. Behind the scenes we’re not resting either as we work on a redesign of the website and explore new possibilities for designs. It’s all a bit hush-hush for now but if you want to be the first to know about news at House Of Bats then be sure to join our mailing list (where you’ll also get a sweet discount code!).
Until then, take care and be true to yourselves,