Since discovering get.give, their product shots and Instagram posts always manage to find their way into my 'interior goals', 'cosy AF' folders on various platforms. I love their refreshing take on gifting, and here is the founder, Kate, telling us about her shop based on this simple philosophy.
What's the thought behind get.give?
The name get.give was inspired by our exploration of the process of giving. A quote by Maya Angelou that a friend shared with me sums us up well - "When you learn, you teach. When you get, you give."
get.give is a place for the thoughtful shopper. I was sick of the wasteful, token gifting going on all over the world and wanted to show people there can be an alternative.
What kind of change do you wish to see?
I simply want to see people think before they buy. To learn about what they're purchasing, where it came from, how to use it properly and how to care for it. Then see them or the receiver enjoy it for a long time! I often have to sacrifice profit to ensure a product lives up to our standards, this makes it hard to create a sustainable business in a high-cost city like Hong Kong.
Who makes these products in your shop?
Our products are made by people who really care about what they're doing. They come from everywhere - herb pickers in Greece, artists in New Zealand, a Traditional carpenter in Japan, knife makers in Florence, brushes from Sweden. I need to be personally in contact with every maker. Where possible I met and work with the makers so we end up develop strong relationships that mean we can help each other grow.
Any personal favourites?
It simply has to be something that can be enjoyed over and over again, that is made well, thoughtfully designed and contributes positively to the world. I love my Gidon Bing ceramics (especially the lemon squeezer), the Los Poblanos soaps take me back to their lavender fields in New Mexico and I use all my brushes every day - especially the wooden bottle brush by Redecker, it makes washing up enjoyable.
Any plans for Christmas this year and 2018?
This holiday I'm heading back to Marfa, Texas - I love it there, gets me off to a very inspired start to the new year.
For the shop, we offer to gift-wrap using our own artist edition wrapping paper that we use afterwards for lining drawers, or with our Furoshiki bags that can be used. I'll be gifting a lot of Seedlip this year - a fantastic new Non-alcoholic spirit that's perfect for the festive season.
Next year I'm super excited about our coffee collaboration with Likeminded People as well as all new Sculptures and Prints by Gidon Bing that we'll be working together with Lane Crawford to present. So watch this space! :)
Join them at their studio open days from the 14th to the 18th of December.