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We love our customers creative style March 26 2015

"As artists living in one of the most expensive country in the world, competing with mass production from low pay countries, how on earth are we going to pull this off”: my wife asked me when we where starting out and building up Hraun art and design. "We can not compete with mass produced products and their prices."

"Is that what you want?" - I asked. "Do you want to compete on price or do you want to compete on uniqueness and quality?  Who do you see as your client?"

 

"You know that this would fit a stylish young independet woman that dares to be different, like some of  my friends”: , she said. "I design it for me and our daughter and here friends and those that are not afraid of creating their own style. I probably create it for the Icelandic business women and art lover, but do we find the likes of them here? We are in Norway you know, what do we really know about the stiles here”: , she said and smiled at me. 

 

"There are people with money and style in Bergen just like in most any place other in the world”:- I said trying to be more optimistic. "There are people out there that want things  that are special, some thing no one else has or can get their hands on. We just have to reach out to them. Find them and let them know about our products. It is not easy and its going to take time but I think we can make it. It is worth the try and will be fun."

Playing optimist pessimist is some thing that we have done since we started dating. I get a crazy idea and she hacks it down until there stands nothing left and if I can not rebuild it and sell it to her the idea drops dead. The same goes for her when she gets even crazier ideas, then its my turn to twist them and turn and for her to sell me the idea and convince me. This has usually led to some of the craziest adventures we have taken like biking in the highlands of Iceland or back packing in Copper Canyon Mexico or sell every thing we own and live in a camper, driving the americas for two year. And this is the experience we draw from in our art and design. 

It turns out that we where both right and wrong. We opened up a retail in Bergen and with in the first hour a young man from Moldavia had bought a necklace and a bracelet for his loved one. He wanted to give here some thing extra special and had been roaming around in Bergen trying to find it and just stumbled up on us. And so it was through out the summer our clients where just the ones we wanted. Educated sophisticated, culture and art loving people with nose for design and unique pieces of jewelry and leather design.

The tourist season ended and things turned. This month I have been going through the books to do the annual taxes and looking at our clients and those that I remember we had the from all over the world. Moldavia, Hungary, France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan Germany, Iceland, Denmark and USA but strangely enough the fewest of them where from Norway and if they where they where tourists in Bergen.

We knew that we had to change course immediately and started working on the website. Some thing we just did not have the time to think about when opening the retail shop.

Since opening retail and closing again we have heard about people spotting others with our products in trendy bars and it tickles our vanity. We have had people contacting us through the web to ask us for custom made unique items and we keep on creating new design all the time. We have had people come for the third and forth time buying for them selfs or to give as gift and we love it. We have the clients that we want and they are coming through the web from all over the world. 

Our customers are not necessarily rich, but they have money and they appreciate things made by hand that are unique and personal and gives them their own style. This still has not made us rich or famous but it has given us joy. Creating for some one that really knows what he is getting in terms of craftsmanship gives us extra boost. This is why we still have had no complaint and no customer request or question that we have not been able to deal with. If we get famous for that then bring on the joy. We are already rich of experience and good relations with our customers. 

Dare to be different and enjoy life. That is really being rich. 

 

 


Funky friday discount again - braclets, leather and fish leather items with 10% discount February 27 2015

 

Yet another funky friday is here and we are ready for the jive with 10% discount on bracelets, leather and fish leather. Find your super deal to day and use discount code funky friday inn check out. Go get some glittering joy. 


Poem of the day - Poem 027 February 26 2015

 

It is
easier
to be positive
than
negative
lets take the
easy way
out

Poem of the day Poem 026 February 25 2015



Don’t
give a damn
give
a smile


Poem of the day - Poem 025 February 24 2015




Despite
all the worlds
technology
I am
most likely
to find my self
through
a message
in a bottle


Poem of the day - Poem 024 February 23 2015




I guess
it is called
progress
when I
can not
see my heritage
in the reflection 
of my behavior




Poem of the day - Poem 023 February 22 2015

 

The stormy weather
brings back
memories
of our first night
and how I felt
like hit
by a hurricane 

Poem of the day - Poem 022 February 21 2015

 

If there is no god
there is no devil
this means that you
are responsible 
there must be a god

Poem of the day - Poem 021 February 20 2015

 

Not even fish
likes the rain
or have you
ever
seen a fish
go after a fly
when it is raining

What we like about The Press and its article 15 ways to be a eco fashionista February 18 2015

Braided Leather bracelet with lava beads,crystal, stones, glass beads and fishleathermade by Tales of travelBraided Leather bracelet with lava beads,crystal, stones, glass beads and fishleathermade by Tales of travel

In a resent article in The Press about 15 ways to be a eco fashionista the article pinpoints some of our favorite points about our design.Here is why we like this article so much

Sustainable thinking and eco fashion is on the rise and gone are the times of people buying with out thinking. With the large variety of products you can now find through the help of the many online stores, thoughtful shopping experience can make you fell much better than before. It is easy to do research on the products. The companies behind them and how the production affects the environment.

In the article about how to be a eco fashionista there are few basic things that touch us here in Hraun design.

1. Invest wisely
..It’s tempting to buy cheaper clothing to keep on-trend, but it is also important to invest wisely in good quality fabrics....

This is nothing new to us. We who are behind Hraun have based our shopping on this for a long time now. We look at shopping experience just like investing. This is why we like to buy nice clothes with high quality. We ma ypay a bit more in the start, but fewer nicer clothes just make us feel better than many cheap ones.  from this

2. Look for fairtrade if you can.
 …Try and buy fairtrade fashion where you can – it is quite easy to find great fairtrade fashion and accessories especially online…

We love this one. We buy from locals as much as we can and when we can not we buy from small time vendors in different countries. More often than not we buy material for our jewelry from women running a sideline business from home but sometimes we also buy from big business , but after we haver researched that we can trust their business methods as much as possible. 

3.  Go vintage.
…Unique luxury vintage accessories often retain a high value – so they make great investment pieces (with good resale value), provided the garment is in good condition….

Most all of our jewelry is vintage. The process in the making of the jewelry is such that each and every piece is uniquely handmade by the artist him self. There may be similarity but no two pieces are exactly the same


4. Think sustainable.
........Do some research about eco-friendly materials and brands that specialise in sustainable clothing........

We welcome it if you do research the material that we use and we would gladly hear from you about it. We try our best and if there are any suspicions regarding our things being any thing but what we say we deal with it right away. It is easy because we do not have big production line. 


5. Check the labels. 

With us you do not even have to check the label. Every thing is made by us and if it is not we will tell you who helped us make it. So go chek the label that is a good thing. 


6.  Research your leather.
...........Leather can be deemed as very un ecological due to tanning processes as well as how and where the cows are kept, but some brands use recycled leather while a few use vegetable tanned leather, which use less chemicals........

We do welcome you to research our leather. We use scandinavian leather. Mostly from Tärnsjö Garveri in Sweden but also from Norway, Danmark and Iceland. Thus we know that the leather and every thing about it is some thing we can be proud of. There is a reason why the best  "italian leather” is actually from Scandinavia. 



.....Some bags and purses are also made from food industry off-cuts such as eel and fish skin......

Not only are all our fish skin products from industrial off-cut from Icelandic fishing plants, but Iceland has one of the worlds best and oldest regulation when it comes to fishing and sustainability. Further more the hides we use are also offcuts-from food industry.


7. Use accessories to brighten your look

We can not agree more. This is a simple statement made a bit stronger with our own adding. Dare to be different.

 

Happy sustainable shopping. 


Poem of the day - Poem 019 February 18 2015



In my mind
i bring ideas
to a boil
slow cook them
bring them
to your table
to chew on
in hope that you 
will not
spit them out




The bracelets from Tales of Travel design February 17 2015

About Tales of Travel design
All bracelets made by Tales of Travel are hand made by the artist Guðný Björk . This makes every bracelet a unique elegant piece of accessory to wear and own. Even though it is possible to order in different sizes, the process makes each of the cuffs so special that they are similar but never exactly the same.

Guðný Likes to work with different material she buy’s from locals in countries she travels to. The design is influenced by traveling the world and therefore she chose the name Tales of Travel. These are here tales from travel time. These jewlry are sometimes elegant and at other times hip or hobo. Different style for different occasions and the variety of people and its preferences.

When Guðný is not hiking a danger zone in Mexico, climbing a mountain, cross country traveling in Icleand, driving the world in a mobile home or paddling a kayak down a river in Guatemala, she sits down to design a jewelry and there she draws from here artistic studies and travel experience and works with jewelry like an impressionist would work with a painting or a rapper with a poetry flow. Therefore you newer now what she will do next and what she will create. Like a river it goes with the flow.  Here jewelry is not mass produced as she likes to make them here self and the likely hood of you meeting a person with the same kind of jewelry is therefor slim. This makes here jewelry extra unique.

Here motto is Dare to be different and her Tales of Travel truly show that.


Poem of the day - Poem 016 February 15 2015

Poem of the day - poem 016

Set table for two
prepare sweet music
open bottle of red
in silence I
mix it with tears
watch your steak
grow moss

Poem of the day - Poem 014 February 13 2015



feeling the blues
funky you came to my life
now we rock on

Poem of the day - Poem 013 February 12 2015

 

Writing a poem
on a sign post
is like hugging a tree
whispering to its bark
hoping for its tip
to send the echo
of your words
with the wind

Poem of the day - Poem 011 February 10 2015

 

I hope
there is no afterlife
not that I dislike this one
but I do not like
the chance
of being reincarnated
as a politician

Poem of the day - Poem 010 February 09 2015

 

If love
is the drug
I am
a junkie 

First funky friday in februar February 06 2015

 

And we are feeeeeeling fine
What ever your funk is you can go and glitter in the night with shining bracelets from Tales of Travel or wrap it up with a fishlether belt. Find your funky fishleather and feeld the joy

We love Funky Friday and we hope you do to. 

Now go get some groove and boogie into the night

Use discount code: funkyfriday to get 10% discount on your boogie acessories


Get down and boogie with brilliant glittering acessories discount January 29 2015



What ever your funk is you can go and glitter in the night with shining bracelets from Tales of Travel or wrap it up with a fishlether belt.

We love Funky Friday and we hope you do to. 

Now go get some groove and boogie into the night

Use discount code: funkyfriday to get 10% discount on your boogie acessories