We often get asked by Oxford students where our products come from and if they are fairtrade and ethical. Both of these qualities are important to us as we strive to be a responsible trader. Over the past year we have been quietly working away in the background checking our products, where they come from and who makes them. A sign of our progress in this area is that you may have noticed more and more of our clothing is being made from fairtrade cotton.
Further to that we have also been supporting companies closer to home, Chapman who make our luxury handmade canvas bags are in Cumbria while some of our jumpers are made in Scotland. For us it is easy to visit the factories and it is always exciting to see our products being made.
So, next time you buy something from us you can be safe in the knowledge that we are checking so you don’t have to.
Christmas was only a couple of weeks ago and yet it feels like a distant memory as we realise we are half way through January already. I am pleased to say we had an incredibly busy time in December, this is great as it means we’re able to give more support to the university as that’s where all our profits go. So, on that note we would like to say a big thank you for your support and your orders.
Looking forward to 2015
Working in retail, January is the perfect time to reflect and plan the year ahead. What begins as random ideas that were talked about the year before are soon captured and sorted ready for creating our new products and ranges in 2015.
If there is anything you would like to see then please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will have a look at what we can do. Your ideas are always welcome.
With the nights starting to draw in, it's that time of year where we begin to turn our thoughts to Christmas.
Over the past few months we have been talking to the colleges and helping them to produce their annual Christmas cards. These are a great way for colleges to raise money, for alumni to connect with their college and to send some Oxfordian season’s greetings.
The 2014 selection has arrived and is now available online. If your college isn’t represented we have two new Oxford cards that are exclusive to us with all profits going back to the university.
A handmade bear is a classic edition to any home. We have sold bears for many years in our high street shop and online and we are pleased to add this chap to our collection as we think Barrington is the finest bear we have sold to date. Each bear is handmade in England by Brendan from mohair and suede and designed for collectors worldwide.
Originally trained as a tailor, Brendan has been designing and crafting individually handmade, collectable bears since December 2006. He is also a member of the Guild of Master Bearcrafters.
Showcasing some of the best British craftsmanship we think this luxury bear is worth his weight in gold. View Bear.
Initially founded by John Chapman to produce fishing and shooting bags, Chapman has grown over the years to produce shoulder bags, luggage and accessories.
Every bag is hand crafted in Britain in Cumbria and made to the highest quality available. As one of the only British brands to manufacture its bags in its own factory, we thought they were a perfect fit for producing our new range of canvas travel bags.
The bags are exclusive to the University of Oxford shops and feature the university crest embossed into the leather. Perfect understated luxury and designed to last a lifetime we hope you enjoy owning one as much as we do. Shop bags and luggage.
Limited Edition at the OUshop
We are all looking for extra special gifts, and Christmas is no exception. It is with this in mind that we created the limited edition collection.
Produced exclusively for the Oxford University shop our selection is made up of hand turned bowls (created from university wood and turned in Oxford), our best-selling satchel in a caramel leather, a hand painted pot complete with an winter scene set in Oxford, beautiful jewellery inspired by Alice in Wonderland and much more.
We are always looking for new ideas and are already thinking about next year so if there is something you would like to see next year let us know at email@example.com
It finally feels like summer has arrived here in Oxford and we are already planning trips out on the river and picnics in the university parks.
It is particularly handy for us to have good weather at this time as June sees us in the process of moving our warehouse. With increased space we will be able to process orders faster and stock more fantastic items. Do Let us know if there is something you would like to see us stocking.
We apologise in advance if this causes some delays to orders, so please do let us know via the order comments section if your order is urgent. Alternatively you can always contact us here: http://www.oushop.com/contact-us
We are delighted to welcome Eva London to the OUshop. After much debate in the office we have settled on the band #1 and signet ring to become stock items; both of which are now available to buy.
Eva London was founded by Anna Jewsbury while she was an undergraduate at the University of Oxford. Having grown up wearing a Chicago class ring which belonged to her mother, Anna was struck by the significance and lasting charm that a ring can encapsulate. And it was with this in mind that she developed the graduation ring concept.
You can buy off the peg or have a ring made to order. After selecting a design, you can choose your metal, stone, finish and surface engraving (for example, your degree initials or year of graduation).
A proportion of the proceeds from each sale is endowed to the University of Oxford.