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.
To be honest wool wasn't top of our product development list but when we heard about the sheep on the FAI Farm based on the University Estate in Wytham, we couldn't resist making a phone call to see if we could use the wool. 12months after the initial phone call our ‘UniversityWool’ is now available in the shop. The yearling Coopworth sheep were shorn in June last yearand the fleeces sent to the Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall (www.thenaturalfibre.co.uk) where theywere washed, dyed and spun. The result is a luxurious wool, which comes in two colours – Natural (un-dyed) and Oxford Blue. The blue dye is environmentally-friendly, mineral based and organically approved (Soil Association). The 50g balls of University of Oxford wool cost £4 each.
We'd like to say a big thank you to David Crutchley at the University farm and to Sonja and Lauraat the Natural Fibre Company for all their help and advice.
Are you a keen knitter? The University Shop would like to hear from avid knitters in the University who would be interested in knitting products to sell through the University Shop. All interested parties so far are meeting at the Oxford Limited Offices at 18b New Inn Hall Street at 4.30pm on Thursday 20th March. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re able to attend.