By Gabriela Yorgova and Sara Scheeres
London Met’s annual Christmas market is an opportunity for students to gain exposure for their small businesses – and for YOU to buy specially selected, handmade and often unusual gifts for the holiday season.
This year, the market will take place both in person and online, showcasing a variety of fantastic gift items that are personalised and handmade, from jewellery and art to books and clothing.
On 5 December, the market will open in person at UpMarket, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL, from 10am – 5pm. More small businesses, including the ones featured at Brick Lane, will be available on the Christmas market’s website from 1st December.
Fantastic gifts such as paintings, prints, books, handmade jewellery, t-shirts, candles and soaps, will be on display at the market, providing some students with what will be their first taste of the business world. The whole experience will be photographed and shared on social media.
Kadesa Begum, Freelance Enterprise Educator, teaching London Met students and alums how to prepare for what will be many of their first Market experiences. Photo by Sara Scheeres
LMU author has stall
The author of the book Heart of Swine, LMU graduate called Freddy F Fonseca, 30, said the event will be a great opportunity to meet new people, show off your products and introduce them to customers. Their novel is dystopian science fiction and is currently available at Waterstones and other outlets.
Federica’s stand will be Christmas-themed, with the obligatory Christmas music playing in the background. They will be offering a gift pack that includes her book, as well as items related to the story. The visitors of her stand can scan a QR code that will redirect them to a game, that will provide additional entertainment.
As for me, my small business is called the Leonie Collection. The idea behind the brand is to provide unique designs which I personally make. T-shirts in different sizes will be available as well as a pre-order option, if one size is not in stock on the day of the market.
I’m excited to share a stall with Federica and test our products on the market, as I am sure other students are. We will also collaborate to provide content from the day for their social media accounts.
Sendi Bruma, 28, is an LMU illustration and animation student, who will be selling intricately made items fashioned from resin at the online market. She first fell in love with resin when assisting a friend of hers who builds tables made of resin and wood. She then began experimenting with different designs and style.
Sendi makes keychains, trays, and bookmarks, among other items. Her aim is to be a luxury brand, and keeps the design soft within a colour palette of neutrals and baby pink and baby blue, with gold flakes throughout for some extra pizzazz. She hopes to one day make resin and wood tables as her friend does.
The young people, who are going to show their products, have attended classes for marketing and presentation of the products on the market, both online and on site. Photos of the items for sale can be seen on the website.
Sendi Bruma displaying her resin crafts at London Met’s Accelerator market training sessions. Photo by Sara Scheeres