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Filthy Weather is a luxury over skirt.  Made in Britain with British made fabrics.

 

We are on such a learning curve, we thought it may be of interest to you hear what is, has and will be going on.

By Marnie Moyle, Sep 4 2017 06:28PM

Welcome to the Filthy Weather Blog


Filthy Weather is an over skirt (an over trouser alternative) to protect what you are wearing on the filthiest days. Made in Britain with good British fabrics.


We are on a learning curve, we thought it may be of interest to you hear what is, has and will be going on.




4.9.17 Business a serious subject!


I thought running a business would be a lifestyle decision, a way to do things you want in a way you want to do it… I wonder if I am wrong. Time will tell!


Meanwhile, August has been a month of business workshops for Filthy Weather, and am not talking about my furniture making workshop up the road! We have fallen on our feet having FWHQ in Oxfordshire. Oxon is ambitious for its business to succeed (it is claimed that after London, Oxfordshire has the greatest success rates amongst start up business in the UK). Oxfordshire Business Support (OBS) uses its quota of Government grants to push it’s reputation to push and maintain growth with supporting workshops. These are free and the likes of ‘we’ can attend…. Well it would have been rude not to partake.


For the benefit of FILTHY WEATHER and future clients we attended the following to give us an improved chance of survival:

“The Art Of Sales” – we learnt how to focus on easiest clients.

“Marketing Know How” – this helped us discern our absolute client, from all those that could benefit from our work. This was a fundamental exercise and one that would never have occurred to us. We were quite happy spinning ourselves in circles trying to please everyone. We could have drilled FW to an early grave and we are learning to focus.


From this fascinating course we were directed to “Understanding Cashflow”. There is ‘beauty’ in Cashflow, but with so many brand new hats on, it is a dry subject, one that could be more elegantly danced with later, but the discipline needs to start now. Although we promptly went and spent a few bob on a new design. BAD US!


This lead us onto the host of fascinating characters, entrepreneurs, and creative folk and also the MENTORS. Anyone who has experience the need/desire for a mentor knows they can cost more money than you feel you want to spend, and then you feel you have to do what are told and have paid for. Perhaps because OBS?LEO (they love their anachronisms) provide mentors for free, the tension drops and the wisdom is easier to hear. We loved our mentors Tina, Geoff and Alistair: repectively they want us to attend to our our website (where an OBS grant may be applied for), sell our stock. and finally sell our stock, and make our website less personal. We hear what they are saying! And we concur.


From our perspective we recognize how much of our cashflow is tied up in our pricey stock (we started with the most divine tool to enhance our lives). Selling top end will not be so easy as selling a mid-point goods… and so wer are investing in “Two Rain Skirts In One”, or Reversible for short. An anywhere and everyday Rain Skirt.


After “Cashflow” came “How To Bring A New Product To Market”, after this 4hr bout we agreed we had more than enough to percolate.


If you are an Oxfordshire based business, new or old, it may be well worth your while looking at the list of workshops available. It might give a different perspective to you on how you run your business and give yourself The Edge. Websites are: www.oxfordshriebusinesssupport.co.uk or www.oxonbe.co.uk.


It would appear that starting up isn’t as simple as it sounds (if you want to get it right), but it is a lifestyle choice and you will learn a lot (about yourself.).





By Marnie Moyle, Aug 7 2017 11:30AM

After much mulling about social media/ (Have just joined Instagram this very morning), one can wonder what's what and why. If we're to do a blog and apparently 'it is the done thing if you run a business" then what is tto be said that will engage and encourage readers?


I like the FIELD outside the office window. It is my muse and inspiration and shall be the source of most blogs. INTERESTING! It will keep me grounded, even at the highest of times and remind me of continuity and chage at others.


Being a designer is exciting, we create and often materialise thingsand everything is a source of wonder. Today I am mainly wondering how to move fabulous professional images from my PC to the insta account. i''m told you can't. Any advice to the contrary woudl be valued, appreciated and hungrily received.


Today's picture of tthe FIELD


Admitted; a new company phone is on the list of things to do.

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Was about to sign off, but Day today will involve:

loving the pets, trying to find a contact for David Beckham, social media about Vogue (FWHQ could do witha page in that particular publication). Research web designers.


Followed by a trip to the workshop to have a stare at what can be useful for the top end Kitchen Designers, then work out a presentation for them to not be able to resist the www.greenoakfurniture.co.uk work


Lunch and breakfast and snacks for rewards. Guilt for lack of yoga/stretching that is ridiculously promised to self. Drink more sweet, strong, milky tea than should. Feel guilty about teeth.


I can see how blogging can be healthy for me. A discipline and perhaps a pat onthe back for ticking off the list of things to do.


Signing off to get some work done. xx

By Marnie Moyle, May 29 2017 03:20PM

Index, in no particular order

Incident

Brick Lane

Dog Walker

Kickstarter

Vinegar – way more interesting!!


Dear Reader,

A wearing week it has been, here are the main highlightss. I’ll start from the bottom, for it is researching vinegar that has me sitting here one late Spring evening. I’m keen to explore fruits that can be used. Ok so far I’m not finding the results I want, but patience will out.


Vinegar Making

Vinegar making came as part of the fermenting course run by Matthew’s Kitchen in Bucklebury and as you expect when you spend the hard earned to go on a course, it was revelatory. We were hands-on learning of Kombucha, Kimchi, sour dough and sauerkraut SCOBY!!!!. I won’t remember correctly but Scoby is something like a Special Combination Of Bacterias and Yeasts. It is also should be a character on Dr Who. In Fermentation World this ‘thing’ is called “Mother” and am feeling more confident that she has inspired a Dr Who character… I mean, really, it is frightening stuff.

Mother transforms foods to fermented foods… I say go on a course, if only to gain confidence with the freaky ingredients.


Outside The Window

Here is a picture outside the window. For years I’ve meant to photograph Dicot Power Station regularly. The Power Station is slightly north of here and admittedly a tad more glamourous (ok famous). The Power Station has always been in a state of flux, if only for the fields around it or the clouds the steam make, but lately houses and Harwell research have much altered the panorama. But outside FW office window is The Field which should be the star of all future blogs. It sort of doesn’t do anything much, but constantly changes. Tonight there are lots of rabbits and crows hanging out. And the bare patch slowly but surely is starting to fill.


Kickstarter

We started this campaign a number of days ago. It had an instant pledge kindly made by someone in Detroit. Subsequently watching the stats on this has been painful, yet much has been learned and I sort of can’t wait to start another once this one dwindles into a non-event. We had wanted to raise funds to have the new reversible skirts made up in time for Winter…. I guess we need to watch this space to see if will sort itself out. But there is definitely a plan afoot for a better worded campaign. Meanwhile, please feel happy to explore our Kickstarter project through this link@

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rainskirt/look-great-feel-invincible-easy-to-wear-quality-ra?ref=nav_search


Brick Lane, Meet the Manufacturer, Make It British

And earlier in the week there was the Make It British and the Meet The Manufacturer event at Brick Lane. Brick Lane is a pretty groovy part of town, they were making a movie down there as I trundled through with my mannequin of Filthy Weather loveliness first thing on a beautiful sunny morning. Later that day as the sun beats down from the opposite direction and after a hard day’s talking at the exhibition (we had a stand), I sat with some easy French folk, who were beautifully French talking easy intellectual things, laughing, drinking long beers and smoking (like the French do) their cigarettes. An exotic 40 mins for this bumpkin who then blagged a cigarette and strolled off to my heavily laden van. Had I taken a stroll I may have joined the Kickstarter funding meeting that was a little further down the street. Hey ho. Meanwhile, next date in the diary for Brick Lane is July 9th for the Arty Car Boot sale : http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/discover-vauxhall/news/vauxhall-news/2017/03/vauxhall-art-car-boot-fair-2017.html


The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night time

Finally, got to see a production of the novel! Initially set off about 5 years ago, but my pal had a brutal attack of mental illness which has been an astonishing learning curve for her and I. On Tuesday just gone we sat our bottoms at the production in Oxford, and it blew me away! If you’ve seen it you’ll get what I have experienced, if you haven’t you should because am not going to describe anything, I simply wanted to enthuse. https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time


Here endeth this blog, for one did a little too much digging this mellow Bank Holiday and now needs to stretch her back.


By Marnie Moyle, May 20 2017 06:16PM

Dear Green Oak Furniture subscribers,

We’ll try to be concise, and give an INDEX of updates for you to explore:

1. Atlantic Salmon Trust

2. New Filthy Weather designs : prices/colours and lighter weights

3. Fund raising

4. Meet The Manufacturer

5. New Retailer

6. Recent Green Oak happenings

7. Femmes Fatales – an enlightening focus group

8. How the garden grows

9. Press enquiries and contact information



1.THE ATLANTIC SALMON TRUST

The Atlantic Salmon Trust is a using their 50th year to launch a much needed research programme into the marine environment. Filthy Weather are delighted to support the AST on their mission.

Check out the online auction site: www.astgalaauction.com particularly LOT 83. An opportunity to help generate much needed funds for AST research programme and be the proud owner of a TWEED Rain Skirt.

The auction culminates with a Gala Dinner in London on May 25th and the online auction is open now. DO NOT DELAY ATALANTIC SALMON TRUST NEEDS US.


2. New Filthy Weather Designs

Ali and I started Filthy Weather with over skirts to suit our lifestyles. They needed to be tough and durable and a pleasure to wear every day if needs be.

We listened to the focus groups. And learned a lot, hence our NEWEST design and our need to announce it.

Our new design is lighter in weight and a fraction of the price of our Tough Skirts. British made still, we have found water resistant COTTON, that can be machine washable AND enables us to make a REVERSIBLE skirt. How excited our we??!!!

To have skirts ready for Summer downpours, we are using Navy Blue and a pale khaki. We would however value your input as to future colourways. All suggestions greatly received. Ping us an email designs@filthyweather.com with your ideas. All information makes for the perfect product for you!

Marnie is keen for an English Mustard to a Blood Orange combination of colours. Claire is keen for green and lime. Ali would like the bank account in order and no further comment emerges!!!!! Join the debate designs@filthyweather.com




3. Fundraising

Mad Marnie thinks Crowd Fundraising is exciting, she loves the idea that lots of little bits of money can go to make a bigger project. Kickstarter is a crowd fundraising platform that has ethical principle (and a large access to market!). Marnie also believes that it can work as a marketing tool…

Briefly it works like this: Filthy Weather tells their tale as to why they would like crowd funding, if targets are reached FUNDERS get the reward they backed and a brand new creative project emerges.

We are going to fund raise for the Blood Orange / English Mustard skirt via Kickstarter and would be delighted if you were to chip in a quid, or PRE ORDER a new RAIN skirt on Monday when the project goes LIVE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rainskirt/1478855883?token=7f970503


4. MEET THE MANUFACTURER

After the inspiring day at MEET THE MANUFACTURER back in 2015, Ali and Marnie shook hands to create Filthy Weather.

Creating a business is challenging. We wanted to stick by our principles, this event gave us access to like minded souls who have a passion for British design and manufacture.

We’ll be there again this year on Wednesday May 24th showcasing our new British brand. It is a trade event only, www.meetthemaufacturer.co.uk



5. NEW RETAILER

We are delighted to add THE GENEROUS GARDENER to our retail collection. This enchanting retail experience is part of Garden Art + (www.gardenartplus.com), the new and important destination shopping destination for the Berkshire market town of Hungerford.


Elodie joint founder of The Generous Gardener, loves the quality and practical style of our designs and asked us to supply her top end Garden shop at the new and very special retail village in as you enter Hungerford.

We love all our retailers, they have been superstars for taking on Filthy Weather and have been so supportive of our brand new brand. Check out a full list of retailers http://filthyweather.com/shopping/4591859486



6. GREEN OAK HAPPENINGS


Marnie just installed an Alice in Wonderland oak seat at an HRH in all it’s silvered and rusty glory recently. The HRH cat kept us good company and as we left the seat sat under the tree looking as if it had always belonged.

At The Game Fair in July the new WILDFLOWER seats should be throughout The Wildnerness, the fly fishing area. Although the steel prototypes have still to arrive and be stared at!!!!



7. FEMMES FATALES – a F.W. focus group

Femmes Fatales are a ladies clay pigeon shooting club that gathered for an event near to FWHQ and so we invited them over for tea after The Femmes Fatales Cup competition. They spoke generously … giving us much food for thought!!! Bless them for following up with more encouragement. They are a great bunch, WE LOVE LUCY!



8. HOW THE GARDEN GROWS

We were wondering if there was going to be rain this Spring. The ground was so dry. Just as we settle into the news of 6 weeks more dry weather the rain comes and aren’t the fields and gardens lapping it up?!

Chelsea Flower Show starts on Monday. Filthy Weather wishes everyone involved a hugely successful show. Ali is over excited at seeing the beautiful offerings on display on Tuesday, with a thinking cap on as to how we can muscle in next year!



9. PRESS ENQUIRIES AND CONTACT INFORMATION

We know the press are interested in our new brand, indeed many of you may be journalists we have met and already exchanged contact details. Filthy Weather is evolving fast and we would be more than happy to help you with news and images. Please drop a line here for more details or things specific.

Love and best wishes this pretty Spring Day. And remember to think of us on rainy days.

From Marnie Moyle and Ali Eyston







By Marnie Moyle, May 8 2017 10:09AM


Briefly, things that have been going on include the dreamlike experience of Oxford’s May Day celebrations. Being on the Old Berks Downs we are 20 minutes from Oxford central, yet have we ever quite made the early morning effort to go? ?? Come 7am after the amassment on Magdalen Bridge, the Pagan buzz, the Christian chorals, the slow swarm into Oxford’s back streets regarding many a Morris Dancing troupe we found ourselves caught in the queue for our pint. A Canadian there shamed us for he had been attending the madness for the last 20 years. We were home and in bed by 9.30am…. it was a very Alice in Wonderland experience.

Last Friday Garden Art + opened its new mini village, and what a party was a celebration was held. Garden Art + will be the new destination place for Hungerford shopping. High end retailers 3 miles along a country lane directly off the M4 and walking distance to Hungerford train station. Elodie opened The Generous Gardener that evening, and she, with her business partner design and have made Italian leather aprons, costa rican Planter’s hats, Irish linen tunic and …. Wait for it…. they now stock British made Filthy Weather rain skirts, which we all wore with deep pleasure for it was a chilly evening.

This takes me on to Chelsea Flower Show. We’ll visit as we always do, but it is occurs to me the socialites would benefit from a warm wrap over skirt of practical intent! The Chelsea evenings are blooming cold. Everyone starts there evening looking so pretty and ends it shivering, I say be prepared and have an elegant garden style!

So now, at 10.15 on a Monday morning the plan for the week is to learn social media, brainstorm about our market and explore the gardening world, find a brand ambassador(?) any suggestions you folk out there in Ether Land? And bring our £120ish design closer to fruition, for it seems this is the product everyone is waiting for. Might try crowdfunding… and really need to find some press mates. So much to do.

… and back to imagining roots growing from my feet and keeping me earthed… it sort of works!



xx


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