Bread and Butter January 2012 – The Buyer Experience

We love Bread and Butter! Every year after Christmas when everyone else is feeling gloomy, Claire and I get all excited about the trip to Berlin where we see new and existing fashion brands showcased at the wonderful Bread And Butter trade show. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with familiar faces and meet tons of new ones too and this time we had the added bonus of our lovely colleague James’ company!

It’s an early start, heading off from Bristol, Heathrow bound, at the un-godly hour of 3am. A couple of bleary eyed hours later, we found ourselves seated ready for some top nosh breakfast at Gordon Ramsey’s Plane Food restaurant at terminal 5 (the best terminal by far). This always deserves a mention, my Eggs Florentine was a vision to behold and tasted pretty good too.

When we finally arrived in a rather nippy Berlin, we paid a visit to the trade show Premium first. This was a high-end fashion show where we picked up loads of details from potential new suppliers and brands with the aim to launch later this year. We caught up with the guys at Chaser LA and absolutely loved their new ranges, we now know whats coming in all the way up to July! Expect to see more distressing, ripped details, tie dye and fringing, perfect for this year’s 90’s trend. No pics allowed though, so you will just have to keep you ear close to the ground!

Then it was off to Bread and Butter which is housed in the magnificent (now de-funct) Templehof Airport. With all the original signs, luggage conveyor belts and check in desks intact, it really is a breathtaking venue.

Frantically weaving our way through the crowds, we got to drop by Chunk, Coloud and Worn By ‘s stands (as well as many more) where we got a sneak preview of the up-coming lines for 2012. And we can tell you, there is a lot to look forward to! We also spotted some exciting new brands here which we can’t wait to start working with this year.

And so, with throbbing feet and sack loads of catalogues we made our way back to the airport, snoozing our way back to good old Blighty.

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Exclusive!!! Raggy Dolls now at TruffleShuffle

TruffleShuffle.com proudly presents…

We are so excited about the launch of our first range of Raggy Dolls tees! With a host of gorgeous designs. You can get them here, both for men and ladies!

Raggy Dolls first burst onto our telly screens in 1986 and ran all the way through to 1994. It actually holds the record for the longest running children’s series of its genre and to celebrate it’s 50th episode, mega-fan George Harrison of the Beatles was enlisted to perform in the opening sequence!

This is one t-shirt collection you do not want to miss out on!

XOXO

Finding The Perfect Pac-Man

We love the chomping, ghostly antics of the arcade game Pac-Man and would just like to highlight our magnificent range of Pac-Man goodies for you like-minded folk!

Pac-Man at home

Pac-Man Ghost Salt And Pepper Pots £7.99
Pac-Man Wall Clock £14.99
Pac-Man HEAT CHANGING Mug £5.99

Pac-Man Fashion

Pac-Man Charm Bracelet £15.99
Pac-Man Ring £7.99

Practical Pac-Man

Pac-Man Soap On A Rope NOW £4.99
Pac-Man Moneybox With Sound NOW £9.99

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Need Inspiration? The TruffleShufflers Have Created Some Retro 80′s Pumpkins To Die For!!!

This week, the TruffleShufflers have been racking their brains and seeking inspiration for that well-known Halloween dilemma, what the hell do I carve into my pumpkin???

Yes, for this week’s Friday Facebook competition, everyone at Truffle Towers was given their very own pumpkin with the brief that we had 2 days to design and create a character carving with a retro, 80’s spin.

Well, I must say the end results were very impressive! After a week of highly competitive talk and secretive Internet researching, the portly pumpkins have now been papped and released on our Facebook page!

The name of the game is to LIKE or comment on your favourite to help us decide which TruffleShuffler deserves the title of Pumpkin carving chief! The one with the most votes wins the TruffleShuffler a prize and whoever likes or comments on any pumpkin gets popped into a hat and we’ll randomly select one of you to win a special Halloween treat! You can enter here until 2pm today so please do get invovled!

So, here are the entries..

Pac-Man
Batman
Superman Logo
Spiderman
Mario (Super Mario Brothers, Nintendo)
Gene Simmons (KISS)
Jack (Nightmare Before Christmas)
Space Invaders
Elmo (Sesame Street)
The Count (Sesame street)
Chunk (The Goonies)
The Cheshire Cat
Batman Logo
Transformers Autobot

From Pac-Man to Mario, Transformers to Sesame St, a whole host of our favourite characters have been represented in pumpkin form!

Which is your favourite? xoxo

For All Your Bits And Bows Needs!

There is always great excitement when a new delivery arrives at Truffle Towers and this is especially the case when a new delivery of beautiful jewellery lands in our warehouse! This week saw the arrival of the oh so pretty, sparkly and cute range from new brand Bits and Bows.

Lovingly hand-crafted in England and inspired by nostalgic trinkets, charms, treats and childhood memories, Bits and Bows jewellery offers extra special and individual pieces sure to delight you as much as it did us Shufflers!

The collection includes necklaces, bracelets, rings and hair clips so there is something for everyone. With some very realistic looking sweetie pieces you will have to careful someone doesn’t try and take a bite when you are wearing the Flump, Milk Bottle and Shrimp Charm Bracelet!

Flump Milk Bottle and Shrimp Sweetie Charm Bracelet from Bits and Bows

If a sweet treat is not your style then perhaps something from the London’s Calling collection would be a way to add a splash of colour to your outfit. You can choose to adorn your neck with a Black Cab, Red London Bus, Red Telephone Box or Red Postbox – which will it be?

Red London Bus Charm Necklace from Bits and Bows

Something for your hair perhaps, we have it all covered with this Set Of Four Love Hearts Hair Slides! Depending on your mood you can choose “BE MINE” or “KISS ME” – just be sure the right persons reads them!

Set Of Four Love Hearts Hair Slides from Bits and Bows

A personal favourite has to be the Cinders Pearl and Charms Stacker Bracelet as it captures my love for fairy tales with amazing attention to detail with silver charms including a tiny pumpkin carriage and crown. The pearls and silver bangles help to give this gorgeous piece a more grown up feel and a way to show your appreciation for the fairy tales we grew up with!

Cinders Pearl and Charms Stacker Bracelet from Bits and Bows

To see the full collection of tasty treats, fairy tale fabulous, retro ready and London lovelies available from Bits and Bows check out the full range available exclusively at TruffleShuffle.com and let us know what your favourite is?!

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