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This month I’m … March 2020

Well hello everyone,

Right – what’s going on in the world??
The last couple of weeks have been … interesting … to put it politely.
Event cancellations left, right and center, closed schools & museums, travel restrictions etc.

I hope you are all okay out there. Keep up the spirit! (I’m finding that one a bit difficult, especially on rainy days like today, but hey…)

Despite the current turmoil I’ve decided to keep on going with my Open Days for the time being, but will let you know if things change.

Stay healthy & happy
Alex x

READING
“The Silent Patient”
by Alex Michaelides

EXPLORING
the Izu Peninsula. This is rather last minute and I haven’t done any research. We had booked to go to Bangkok, but a certain virus messed up our plans…
Would love your recommendations!

GETTING EXCITED ABOUT
the amazing ceramics I found on my last sourcing trip – available in the Showroom at the end of March

REPLANNING
a whole bunch of trips. I usually go sourcing in spring, but that’s probably not going to happen at this stage… 🦠

BEAVERING AWAY 
on my online shop. I’m hoping to have the first set of products up & running at the end of the month!

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Introducing: “This month I’m…”

Turquoise Port was founded and is run by me, myself & I.
My personal life and my life as a small business owner are very much intertwined so instead of just talking about my products, events and releases all the time, I thought I’ll share a few more personal things with you on a regular basis.

This is the first instalment of “This month I’m…” 

READING
City of Girls
by Elizabeth Gilbert

GETTING EXCITED ABOUT
new arrivals of Vietnamese pom pom cushion covers – available in the Showroom at the end of February

EXPLORING
Kobe, Japan
Any recommendations?

MAKING 
a bunch of different muesli / granola recipes
Got a good one? Please send it to me!

I’d love to know what you are up to – comment below or send an email to let me know.

Alex x

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My first EVER sale has started!

I’m super excited to announce that my first ever sample / end-of-line sale has just started – I need to make space in the Showroom for my 2020 collection! 🤩

A number of discounted accessories as well as a whole bunch of home decor items such as cushion covers, candle stands and pretty ceramics are all waiting for new owners.

The full range of discounted items can be viewed in the Showroom and on my Facebook page. (Please see picture captions for availability.)

My loyal mailing list subscribers were the first to know about the sale and made use of having first dibs before the sale went live.
Want to be in the know? Sign up to my mailing list!

Alex x

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My first EVER dedicated summer collection

When I first started Turquoise Port, my mission was to bring beautiful handcrafted items from other parts of Asia to Tokyo. There are so many talented artists and artisans all over this mesmerizing continent creating modern Asian items which are usually not detected by tourists and travellers in those respective countries.

I never set out to create dedicated collections and now, less than two years into the journey, I have done just that! 

My first ever summer collection features a range textiles in soft colors such raw cotton blankets and macrame cushion covers as well as handwoven baskets, placemats and fun decorative objects. I am soooo excited to share them with you!

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New products arrived!

I love traveling to far-flung places to source new products, meet with existing suppliers to look at their new creations and place orders. It is an exhilarating part of running Turquoise Port. Sometimes is takes ages before my new orders arrive in Tokyo. This is partly due to all of Turquoise Port’s products being handmade by skilled artisans and creators as well the long journey from their countries of origin to the Showroom. 

In some cases months pass before I can lay eyes on the items I selected. Once my orders finally arrive on my doorstep, I open the crates and boxes with nervous excitement.
Are the items as I remembered them? Has the whole order made it in one piece (a huge box of hand-painted ceramics once arrived shattered into bits and pieces…)? Are the colours and shapes of the products the way I ordered them?

Some orders have recently arrived and are ready to be released into the Showroom – home decoration and accessories with quite a few one-off items! 

Subscribers to my mailing list will be the first to find out and will have first dibs too! The release email will go out to my mailing list on Friday, 22nd February. All items that are not snapped up by my subscribers will be released via Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday, 26th February.

Not on my mailing list? Sign-up here.