Our Kitchen Gardens are mainly sold online, but there are a handful of independent shops that sell them too and it’s really exciting for us to have our humble Kitchen Garden mushroom kits amongst other fantastic gifts.
Family Tree was the first shop to sell the Kitchen Gardens in London so we’re delighted to feature an interview with their founder Takako on our website.
Tell us a bit about your shop Family Tree
We opened in summer 2004 on Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell and sell selected works by local makers, ‘oddities’ made by our friends and family, and beautiful things we found while travelling. The story behind the products and their making or manufacturing process are both very important for us. The four words that summarise our approach to buying for the store are CRAFT / LOCAL / ETHICAL / DESIGN.
We also enjoy connecting with all these talented people who makes our shop shelves looks very special.
Why did you choose to sell Kitchen Gardens?
I like the fact they are using used coffee ground collected from local cafes and restaurant as a compost. The idea of connecting and supporting each other makes me feel happy. It’s a type of gift appeal to both men and women, or people of any age!
Apart from Kitchen Gardens (obviously!), what is your favourite product in the shop at the moment?
We got so many spring delivery recently there are a lot of new exciting products at shop. One of our favourites are Tin trinket case wrapped with beautiful Japanese paper print. They are originally for storing tea leaves in Japan.
We are also excited about Finnish company Kauniste, that makes simple printed textile based products; combining Finnish talent and traditional craftsmanship (we particularly LOVE their mushroom print tea-towel pictured!).
What are you most excited about in 2013?
We’ve started to host knitting evening once a months. But it’s not really about technical side of knitting. It’s more about getting people together for a bit of knitting, and plenty of chatting! We’ve only hosted 2 evenings so far but each time has been fun and we have learnt some tips along the way! You can read more about this here
Check out Takako’s Family Tree website to see more of the fantastic crafts she’s selling, and if you’re in Exmouth Market go say hello – particularly good time to go is weekday lunchtimes when there’s a great street-food market, the amazing Moro and top notch coffee at Caravan