One of the downsides of making and selling your own products is the awkwardness of rejection, especially when you've spent months working on a design. Not so long ago Myra and I spent the day marching the streets of Brighton cold calling our dog lamp Archie and our tiger cub lamp Blake around the wonderfully eclectic stores in the North and South Lanes. Neither of us are sales people or self promoters and we'd last just a few moments on Alan Sugar's Apprentice so it's always a bit uncomfortable when we show Archie or Blake to someone new for the first time.
On the other side of the coin, it's a bit of a buzz when we sell Archie somewhere new and we get great feedback from the customer. Our first Archie went Paris, Île-de-France to be exact, just a few days ago and we were really pleased to get this photograph from our first French customer.