Monday, 6 June 2011

ACOFI at Soma - The Event

A little over a week ago we hosted the Bristol leg of Amelia Gregory's ACOFI book tour. We were joined by two fantastic Bristol based businesses Lahloo Tea and Harts bakery who provided teas and biscuits respectively. Juiceology provided beautiful blended juice drinks and Dr Hauschka provided skincare samples.

Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration

We have had a lovely long relationship with Amelia since we started stocking Amelia's Magazine back in around 2005. We started on issue 3 and I wish I had heard about it sooner as I would have loved to have managed to get a copy of issue 2 which came with a Tatty Devine necklace and a cover designed by Rob Ryan (who we also have a great relationship with and have stocked both for a few years too now).

Amelia's magazine gained a bit of a cult following during it's 10 issue run. Beautifully illustrated and designed as well as being full of top quality content including fashion, art and music, it blew most other publications out of the water. The incredible attention to detail  including glow in the dark covers, scratch n sniff covers, usb sticks full of music, cocktail books and many more extra additions made it incredibly covetable but also incredibly expensive to produce as well as being a huge amount of work. So after 10 issues, Amelia moved into the world of book publishing.

ACOFI is her second title and focusses on ethical fashion. Amelia gave us a talk about her journey from setting up the magazine to the creation of the books, the rise of eco fashion and the importance of social media in promoting yourself.

Amelia's compendium of Fashion Illustration is available on our website here or in our Bristol shop. All the copies we have are signed by Amelia. We also have a few back issues of the fabulous Amelia's Magazine available in the shop.

ACOFI the book
The book & the delicious custard creams (which were swiftly gobbled up and then twittered about the next day by some of the appreciative guests!) with the tasty Juiceology drinks.

Amelia enjoying one of the fantastic custard creams made by Laura Hart of Harts Bakery.

Amelia & Bex Glover
Amelia and Bex Glover, one of the illustrators from ACOFI

Two of the illustrators from the book were present at the event. Bex Glover who is shown in the photo above showing her work and Katie Harnett.

We are so grateful to our fantastic sponsors of the day, in particular Kate Gover and her team from Lahloo tea and Laura Hart of Harts Bakers who made the event extra special with their wonderful products.

Lahloo Tea
Image (c) Lahloo

Lahloo Tea was founded by Kate Gover. This dynamic new company offers tea drinkers a boutique collection of loose-leaf tea from some of the world’s finest small tea gardens. With a little help from two expert importers, Lahloo brings you fairly traded, organic tea direct from small artisan producers.

You can find Lahloo tea sold a couple of doors down from us in Arch House Deli as well as in Chandos Deli's in Bristol. For those of you outside Bristol, you can buy direct from their website or find it stocked in specialist deli's and cafe's.

Harts Bakery
Image (c) Harts Bakery / Rebecca Bernstein

Harts Bakery is run by Laura Hart. Laura has worked in Bristol as a pastry chef and baker for nine years. She has gained a wealth of baking experience working at Quartier Vert, followed by Bordeaux Quay, the Arch House Deli, and the Clifton Lido.

Her bakery and shop is open Monday - Friday and is located in Hampton Lane just off Cotham Hill and close to the Clifton Down shopping centre and station. You can also find her on Saturdays on a stall on Gloucester Road outside Planet Pizza and opposite Bristol North Swimming Baths.

Amelia has also blogged about the event and her review is full of pictures.
Amelia's blog of the event here.

The last leg of the tour is at Tatty Devine tomorrow evening. For more information go here.

ACOFI on our website here

Lahloo tea website here
Harts Bakery website here
Juiceology website here
Dr Hauschka website

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