What an amazing year it has been at LUC. Design.
From awards, to travel, to meeting inspirational designers and design heroes, to bringing new and exciting global brands to Hobart.
At the beginning of the year we were honoured to be chosen to represent Australia in Chicago at the Global Innovation Awards - and there we were blown away to win the Martin M Pegler award for Visual Merchandising. This honour came with the added bonus of meeting inspirational retailers from all over the globe and making contacts that have been invaluable in the growth of our business.
I was fortunate enough to visit many of my suppliers in the UK and Denmark and then went on to be totally inspired by my first visit to Salone del Mobile in Milan. I was part of the launch presentation of Tom Dixon's new products and basically the whole Milan experience made me so happy to be involved in this industry.
We refurbished the store, making it feel larger and more open (and we added new areas to highlight our best sellers) the new more open space has now enabled us to expand our brand representation and we welcomed new mega brands Alessi, VIPP and Cire Trudon. We proudly and enthusiastically represent all our brands, and have added some beautiful new designers into the store - Utiopia and Utility, Plyroom, Aplin Creative, Bruzzoni amongst others.
We happily welcomed our newest member of Team LUC. - our awesome little delivery van CaddyLuc!! This has made our lives so much easier and made our customers super happy by offering free delivery of our great product!
On a personal note, I was so honoured to be asked to interview my design hero Tom Dixon on his recent trip to Australia. I was also challenged to make presentations at Life Instyle and Reed Gift Fairs (public speaking is not my forte!) - I am scheduled to do more of these in 2018 which I am excited about. We have plans in place for some great in-store promotions and presentations, we have some incredible new brands brewing in the wings and once again, we are finalists in the GALA awards for best Homewares Retailer of the year. Lots to look forward to!
So good bye to one of the most amazing years, but hello to all the possibilities and growth that 2018 will bring. Thank you so much for following us, thank you so much for supporting us and THANK YOU for being part of the LUC. journey. I am so thankful for my amazing staff, and so grateful to all our great customers - without whom the journey would not be possible.
2018. Bring it on!