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It's time to take a little break...

Woah, it’s been a long time between blogs hasn’t it! The last 9 months of preparing to become a mama have flown by, and I am now in week 41 of my pregnancy meaning this little one could make its appearance any day now.

As training in Cambodia has been an ongoing process while we perfect the final gluing stage in-house, 2016 has not only given me a chance to put my energy into preparing to become a mum, but has also allowed me to reflect on the business and prepare for a new start come Spring.

Training is now 99% complete (with just a few little tweaks to smooth out) but as my stock levels are very low and I haven’t had a chance to promote the shoes and take new orders, I have decided to close my store until around mid-August. This way I can fully immerse myself in my new role as a Mum, and come back to Luludu refreshed, inspired, and ready to put my whole heart into it – because boy have I missed it these past 6 months!

There are a few changes that could be on the horizon, a price rise being one. These shoes take 8 hours to produce, the women who make them are all paid fairly, and living and production costs, plus exchange rates have all changed since my trip to Cambodia in 2014. I have tried to keep the price of the shoes as low as possible in the past – and I will continue to do so - but to be able to keep this business running, I may need to re-evaluate my prices. I will let everyone know before this happens, and give people a chance to make an order at the current price before anything changes.

I’m also looking forward to visiting the ‘why’ a lot more in future. Why ethical fashion? Why we need to care about the people behind the brands? Why should we buy less and appreciate more? Why does the fashion industry need to change? How do we become more aware? There are so many questions to ask, and so much to reflect on in our day to day lives, and I hope to be able to share much more of my thoughts and findings with you when I return.

To all those beautiful women that have supported Luludu over the last 2 years, and to those that have shared your kind words and appreciation for the hard work that the women in Cambodia do, I thank you so, so much. Together we are taking little steps to create big changes.

Until next time,
  • Alana Deukett

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