Before we dive into a new decade, we're looking back on our best bits from the past 12 months.
In 2019, our community grew and our creativity flourished, here in Cornwall and across the UK. And it’s the people who make it happen. From the designers in our Falmouth studio to the friendly faces in your local Seasalt shop, here are just some of the people who made this year so special…
OUR SHOP TEAMS FROM EDINBURGH TO CLONAKILTY
You’ll find Seasalt in towns across the UK and Ireland, from Morpeth, Belfast and Beverley to Tenby, Dartmouth and Guernsey. This year, we opened 11 beautiful new shops, including our first in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. All our shops feature bespoke interiors designed by our team in Falmouth.
Look out for murals by Seasalt Artists, handmade tiles by our Leach Pottery Apprentice and steam-bent furniture and lighting by Cornish maker Tom Raffield. If you’re out and about over Christmas, we’d love to welcome you.
We’ve doubled the time we’ve spent volunteering since last year, clocking up an amazing 2,339 hours so far with 119 charities all over the UK. Seasalt Volunteering is our way of giving back to the communities where we live and work. Every employee is given an extra day’s paid leave to roll up their sleeves and support a local charity of their choice.
Team members have been making a difference with local food banks and community projects; gardening, cleaning and redecorating; improving their local landscapes with the National Trust and regional Wildlife Trusts; and helping animals in need around the country.
OUR WINDOW ARTISTS
Each month, our crafty windows team bring our collections to life with their beautiful displays. This autumn, they handmade 11,252 festive paper shapes for our Christmas windows, in their studio above the Falmouth shop. After they come down, we donate our window props to community projects, schools and hospitals. If you could put them to good use, ask in your local shop.
THE QUILTING COMMUNITY
Over 120 of our customers, Seasalt team and members of The Quilters’ Guild have come together to use up some of our fabric offcuts and contribute to a countrywide craft project creating 15 unique quilts in the lead up to Christmas. In the spirit of traditional patchwork quilting these will be donated back to the community, in this case to St Petroc’s, who are working to support the homeless in Cornwall.
OUR CHARITY PARTNERS
20p from the sale of every pair of single Seasalt socks goes to our charity partners. Thanks to you we’ve donated £100,000 this year.
With Hospital Rooms, we worked with artists to transform mental health units, supporting users’ recovery through creativity. For our latest project at Greenfields in Plymouth, we’re funding six artists to transform a unit for women with long-standing mental health issues, and run a series of workshops for service users and hospital staff.
The new hoist that we funded for Mylor Sailability is making sailing more accessible than ever, and we helped promote Cornwall’s craft legacy by continuing sponsorship of our third Seasalt apprentice at the Leach Pottery in St Ives. Annabelle Smith has just completed the second year of her apprenticeship – read more about her journey here.
We teamed up with City to Sea, helping people save money and the planet by drinking more tap water and reducing single use plastics. We refilled over 13,000 bottles in 15 of our newest shops where we have installed water refill fountains. Don’t forget you can get your water bottle refilled at any of our shops, just ask a member of staff.
YOU MADE OUR YEAR
Most importantly, a huge thank you to all our customers, from coast to coast and across the globe. Wherever you’ve been #WearingSeasalt, we hope 2019 was a good one and wish you all the best for 2020.