Royal Leamington Spa, England


Elza James

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Elza James

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We began in a tiny way, wanting to make a few special things for our children. We bought a sewing machine and made a blanket. And when it worked, however 'homemade', we tried a cushion and a crown. We bought a jigsaw and made a toy from wood. We drew castles and knights and dragons for them to colour in, and told stories until my sketchbook pages toppled with storybook illustrations. We treasured seeing their faces full of enthusiasm at the little playthings we made from the box of scraps, the games we played, the stories we told and the pictures we drew. This will always be the sentiment at the very core of all our work as we strive to give our little ones a childhood filled with magic. Creativity and make believe. Games to inspire their imaginations. Toys to love, that last a lifetime and another after that. Things to treasure, and made by hand - with love and care. The memory making days of a magical youth.

Our evenings in the studio are always a special time and I feel unbelievably lucky in having my husband always by my side. Forever enthusiastic, he always puts his whole heart into everything we do and he's the one I rely on for every new idea turning in my mind, especially when things prove a challenge. When I'm not sure I've got the patience to tackle a new instrument or piece of machinery that I've bought and am staring sheepishly at, he's the one pulling out the instruction manual, smiling and saying firmly 'I'll do it for you'. When I think something's not working, he's the one kissing me on the forehead and snatching up my pencil to find the solution. So thank you to my better half: my constant support, my source of laughter every day and, alongside my children, the greatest inspiration for everything I do.

Having begun collaborating with people across the globe, we are proud that even though the finished pieces represent the achievement of many talented craftsmen, every item has been designed together at home in our studio, inspired most often by our children. We've also been lucky to find such incredible partners across the world who have all put their incredible skills and time into perfecting these items, using only the finest quality and, where possible, organic materials. We thank our artisans, for their warmth and humour, and their endless enthusiasm for our ideas and their creations.

We hope our customers will treasure the things they find here and that they bring inspiration and magic into the heart of every child who receives them.

It's what we make them for.

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