Finally another installment in my Q+A blog posts!
I've tried to cover what I look for in an application to sell on HZ and mixed it in a bit of advice on selling your pieces in general. I hope some of you designers/makers either thinking of applying to sell on HZ find it useful, or if you've not even got that far yet and are just getting excited about starting to make things, maybe you will find a few tips here too...
Hannah Zakari stocks items which are either handmade or designed by indie designers and I place an emphasis on cute, quirky and unusual designs. I look for things that are truly not on the high street, that are hard to find and often not sold anywhere else in the UK.
When looking at applications I take into account the design, the price and the quality, and all 3 have to be pretty much spot on for me to take it further.
Your application to HZ should include:
* Your name and location.
* Good photos which are representative of your work.
* Clear descriptions and retail prices of each piece.
* Your website address if you have one.
Product shots and descriptions are a crucial part of the application and I want to see the love, care and thought that has gone into creating an item.
Your photos should be of a reasonable size (about 750px square-ish) so it's easy to see the detail in your work. I don't expect them to be professional but they must be as clear as possible.
Descriptions should include what materials have been use to create the piece and any background on your ideas and processes.
Please don't be disheartened if I decide not to stock your work. I get about 4/5 applications a week, and in addition to that I also look for and approach designers myself, it would actually be impossible for me to stock everyone I wanted to!
I obviously get it wrong sometimes and I do review applications every once in a while in case I've missed something or had a change of heart about someone (sometimes I get it wrong the other way and stock a designer who doesn't sell much but I don't like those times so less said about that the better!).
There's never been a bigger choice of places for selling your handmade items online and you may find that some places are a better fit for your pieces than others.
Finally, if you feel your work isn't appealing to the right places then review it, see what changes you can make and try again. There is a place for everyone out there if the work is good enough.
So, I hope this helpful/interesting to someone! Next time I'm going to write about pricing your goods - oh fun! - so if you have any specific questions about that do let me know and I'll try and cover it.
Have a great weekend,