September '18 Update
Happy October, Collective! As the year’s spookiest month rolls on, we’re looking forward to carving pumpkins, watching scary movies, and, of course, drinking pumpkin-flavoured beer at the office in a few weeks. While I’m unlikely to don a costume on October 31, I’ll be more than happy to eat any Halloween candy that comes my way...mini chocolate bars, anyone?!
Now back to last month: as is typical of most retail right after summer, we saw September slow down enough for us to catch our breaths and ensure your orders were on their way to you within 8 business days. The colder weather brought some respite from the smoky heat we’d gotten used to in August, but the sun did come out right at the end of the month so we could throw a final BBQ for Darryl’s birthday. Burgers, chips, and potato salad are always a good time!
We also had our last quarterly meeting of the year in September; these meetings always leave me invigorated and inspired and I think the rest of the team would agree! We’re primed and ready for Q4 and are making some exciting changes internally to ensure that we’re well-equipped to execute everything that’s in the pipeline. In addition, we’re already preparing to the best of our ability for the upcoming holiday season; we want to ensure we have sufficient inventory and people-power to allow for a successful gifting season for you! Because TC is still a young company, it’s really hard to know what our holiday season will look like. One thing I know for sure: I’ll be buying eggnog prettttyyy quickly and requesting Christmas music while we fulfill orders. November 1, it’s all goin’ down!
To read more about what we got up to in September and where we’re headed next, take a peek below…
- Crewneck sweater launch: On the last day of September, we were super excited to officially launch TC crewneck sweaters. Just in time for the cold weather (at least in our part of the world), these crews are warm, soft, and ultra comfortable. And yes, I’m speaking from personal experience, as both crews have already become an important staple in my wardrobe. We’re pumped about the two colours we’re currently offering and would welcome any feedback about other colours you’d like to see (Black? White? Red? Get at us!).
We believe crewnecks are an important addition to the TC apparel lineup, and they’re one of many items we want to be able offer in addition to our Clips, Necklaces, and Rings. Like our tee shirts, they’re unisex and come in sizes XS to Large. Despite being fleece-lined, they’re not overly bulky so they’re easy to shove in your suitcase for trips to colder climates.
- TC x Sofar Sounds: On September 23, we were incredibly privileged to host a Sofar Sounds event at our space in Vancouver. For those unfamiliar with Sofar Sounds—I was until I attended this show!—it’s a global movement whose mission is to bring the magic back to live music. Sofar accomplishes this by transforming everyday spaces (like our office or someone’s backyard) into venues for intimate, secret live shows. As hosts of the event, along with the 60 or so guests who’d won tickets through Sofar’s lottery system, we were treated to performances by three amazing BC-based artists: Abraham, Friday Night Fires, and Devours. Each act was unique, captivating, and unbelievably talented; it was by far the coolest concert I’ve ever been to. We also all agreed that we’d never been part of a more respectful, attentive audience (a nice change from the noisy movie theatres I frequent). Our participation in the whole event was made possible by Stew, our resident Sofar expert and TC employee since June. Stew’s been involved in music scenes around the world and has attended Sofar events in four different cities. I would HIGHLY recommend checking out Sofar’s website and signing up for your city or a city you plan on visiting – I’m sure your experience will be worthwhile!
This collaboration with Sofar represents the first of, hopefully, a bunch of events we’d like to take part in or organize in conjunction with other groups, Vancouver-based or otherwise. One of the most wonderful and unexpected benefits of growing our team (you’ll remember we’ve doubled in size since February!) is that our network of friends keeps growing and, as a result, we’re meeting more people doing really cool things. It was a pleasure to share our space with likeminded Vancouverites and I know it won’t be the last time.
That’s all for now, Collective! Enjoy October and, as always, please reach out to us with anything you need from your friends here at TC :)!