We are really excited to introduce Alison who owns the gorgeous Osozoki Gallery in Holt, Norfolk where we have been stocking our IzziRainey greetings cards for nearly a year now.
Please tell us a bit about Osokozi...
At The Osokozi Gallery we sell quality greetings cards, silver and ethnic jewellery alongside scarves, pottery, glass and gifts.
Where did the idea come from to start Osokozi?
We started the shop 25 years ago, having run a tea room on the same premises for two years. We moved from Hertfordshire into “Osokozi” (the property has been called this since the 1930’s) but in 1992 decided to change to The Osokozi Gallery and start up the card and jewellery shop.
WOW, Osokozi has been open for over 25 years now, that is amazing. What’s the secret?
Our aim was to stock the best cards and source beautiful but affordable jewellery for a wide range of different customers. We always aim to please our customers and have a shop full of gorgeous products, so I suppose that is our secret.
As you know all of our products are designed by Izzi and manufactured in the UK, is this something you feel passionate about? Do you stock a lot of other British designer makers?
Nearly all of our card companies are British and print in the UK. Our jewellery companies are mostly British, with some making in the UK and others having production abroad. We do also have an interest in ethnic jewellery and artefacts.
That is great to hear that so many of your producers are UK based. If it possible to, do you like to stock local artists in your shop?
We do like to stock local artists and to encourage and give new producers a chance to get retail exposure.
We agree, it is great to promote local designers. You have lots of wonderful fantastic cards and jewellery in store, where do you tend to source your products from?
Many producers come to us to show their designs but we also attend trade fairs to get new ideas.
We are always looking for new designs and can rely on many of our longstanding suppliers to come up with these regularly.
What first drew your attention to IzziRainey cards?
We first stocked Izzi Rainey after they came to our shop to show us their card designs. We are pleased to be able to retail and promote a young, local talented company.
Thank you so much for joining us. If you are ever near Holt you should definitely pop into The Osokozi Gallery and see their gorgeous range of products. http://osokozi.co.uk.
We are a textile company, based on a farm in Norfolk, designing and manufacturing high quality homeware and interior products within Norfolk and the UK.