OUR FIRST FULL YEAR OF BUSINESS – REFLECTIONS AND KEY LEARNINGS
The year 2018 is ending and it’s time for reflection! What went great, what could have been better, what did we learn on the way? This article is about our main highlights. Thank you for the “almost” 200 pairs of shoes that reached your feet and inspired you this year!
To our signature Derby Shoe collection, we have added the versatile Chelsea Boots and their matching Belts. This was only possible thanks to the support of our artisans in Portugal. And what’s more, is not only about new products and new designs, but also about a consistent or even higher level of QUALITY which each new product that we create. Wait for what is to come in 2019!
Express Worldwide Shipping
As a new start-up company, we struggle every day to get new processes right. This has been the case with our international deliveries to our customers in the USA, Mexico, Norway, Japan, Australia, etc. We don’t only want to offer FREE SHIPPING, but we want to offer you GREAT SHIPPING too. That’s why we decided to invest in our side and start a contract with DHL express. From now onwards, all non-EU shippings are sent with DHL express and it takes between 1-5 working days for our shoes to reach customers overseas.
For EU countries, our current transportation is still reasonable (1-5 working days), however, we want to improve it as well. If we manage to find a fee agreement with DHL Express, we might soon offer overnight EU shipping too! Cross-fingers!
Increased Physical Presence
2018 was a great year for us in terms of online reach. We received many of your orders via our website and Etsy store. Additionally, we’ve been also working on expanding our physical presence to be closer to you.
We have further developed our existing collaborators with our boutiques Saarni (Finland) and Rauch & Groen (Berlin). And we have welcomed new great collaborations with LO&GO (Hanover) and Garment (Hamburg). You can find our collection in all these four locations. Btw., we are looking for more boutiques. If you have tips, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’ll give a free pair of Derby Shoes to anyone who can give us a tip that will later materialize in a working collaboration with a boutique!
Another important change from now onwards is that we aim to be a lot more active and present in Germany and Scandinavia by joining Designer Markets such as Holy Shit Shopping, Finder’s keeper, and other similar designer platforms. These events put together 100 to 400 new brands and young designers and it’s really a delight to anyone who is looking for unique and beautiful designer products. You can expect to find us in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart, Copenhagen, and hopefully other locations in North of Germany too as we are applying at this moment to join several Designer Markets and Trade Shows.
All in all, we are proud so far of what we have managed. Of course, start-ups are imperfect, but for us important is to always be transparent and honest to you, give you fast solutions, offer beautiful and high-quality products, provide you an excellent customer treatment and improve. Because we also want you to be proud to wear our Liebre Style shoes.
We wish you happy holidays! And those who will receive Liebre Style shoes this Christmas, we wish you lots of inspiration and enjoyment with your limited edition shoes!