LL: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us about your brand!
N&B: Thank you for having me. I’m very excited to tell you more about Nectar & Bumble!
LL: What inspired you to start your brand?
N&B: Quite simply – the bees! Bees are in decline all around the world and I wanted to try and make a difference. We make and stock a range of products inspired by bees to raise awareness of their decline.
LL: How did you come up with your brand name?
N&B: Our name was quite hard to come up with – I went through so many different bee related names to try and find something suitable. I wanted something that resembled the bees but wasn’t cheesy or comical and I loved the idea of having two names with “&” in the middle. Bumble bees are my favourite types of bees so I loved that and Nectar relates to bees too so that’s how it came about!
LL: What is your design process?
N&B: I’m very lucky that I have a designer for a sister – Mia Felce. We work together to create the designs for my stationery items. I start by giving her a few ideas and photos of bees, flowers and other bits and then she draws them out before digitally adapting them on the computer whilst adding colour.
LL: Where do you work from?
N&B: Home! I run Nectar & Bumble from a spare bedroom in our house. I have a desk, a shelving unit with most of my products inside, a bookshelf for stationery and lots of boxes & packaging!
LL: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
N&B: I’m inspired by the bees and also nature, wildlife & the outdoors! I love flowers so they feature in all of our designs.
LL: What advice would you give to any designer-makers just starting out?
N&B: I would say definitely do a bit of research before you start producing things. Some things I’ve had made in the past didn’t sell as well as I’d hoped which is disappointing but also a waste of money that could’ve been spent on something better. But on a happier note I’d just say enjoy what you’re creating – if you have a passion for something it’ll really show through in your products.
LL: What is your studio playlist?!
N&B: I actually love watching YouTube videos whilst I pack orders! Vlogs are my favourite types of videos to watch as you get an insight into people’s lives on a day to day basis.
LL: What is your favourite social media platform?
N&B: Instagram! I love sharing photos of bees and there’s so many other people sharing cute bee photos too which I love to find and browse through. I also think it’s amazing for connecting with my customers and engaging with new ones!
LL: Who are your favourite designer-makers?
N&B: I would have to say my sister, Mia Felce, obviously! I also love Nora Wright, she draws beautiful illustrations and recently did one for me of my husband & I on our wedding day, it’s so lovely!
LL: What are your plans for the future of your brand?
N&B: We have recently launched our subscription box which is very exciting! I’ll continue to grow that month by month but I’d also love to create more of my own products to sell, which will each be launched inside the monthly box to begin with!