How long have you been in business and what does your company specialize in?
Since 2013, UKUSH Handmade has been designing innovative, elegant accessories with a contemporary twist. We specialize in handbags, totes, scarves, shawls and ponchos that are handwoven by master Mayan weavers. Many products are one-of-a-kind; all are in natural fbers – bamboo, cotton and leather. We observe fair trade and eco-friendly practices.
What is your most popular design/style to date?
Our most popular design is the UKUSH Bambú Silky line of handwoven scarves made from 100% organic bamboo. They are soft, lightweight, and warm and come in 32 gorgeous colorways. We offer the scarf in two sizes, plus as an infnity scarf and in an open weave style. They are handdyed, giving each a unique “watercolor” look.
What is new with your brand?
We have expanded our Bambú Silky line to include several new on trend colorways for fall and winter 2018. Plus we now offer more ponchos in both the double-point (front and back) and twist front modes. We have expanded our existing line of chenille scarves/shawls/ponchos to include many of the new colorways. To complement the Bambú line, UKUSH Handmade has a new line of handbags and totes that combine supple leather with fne Mayan fabrics. Finally, we are excited about relaunching our website with new items and an updated look.
How have your customer's needs changed as of late?
A trend we see with our customers – who are mainly brick and mortar stores – is a need for unique products and more variety in order to compete with online businesses. Orders have also been smaller but more often, as our customers have purchased more cautiously. Our customers also need more frequent routine contact to keep them up to date on new products and trends.
How long have you exhibited with WWIN?
UKUSH Handmade has attended the WWIN show beginning with the February 2017 show. The August 2018 show will be our fourth.
What would you say to someone considering attending the WWIN show?
I would tell a potential exhibitor that it is a very good show for businesses that deal only with women's fashion and/or accessories. It is not a good show for gifts. I would tell buyers that WWIN has a wide range of products and clothing, including some very original and very high-quality items with many price points. Clothing and accessories from direct countries, from companies specializing in green products and from fair traders can all be found.