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The History of the Gluggle Jug

      Glug Glug Jugs were originally made by Thomas Forester & son in Staffordshire in 1867. Passing through various manufacturing hands, it ended up with Royal Winton & Grimwades Pottery in the 1930's. However, after the second world war, wartime restrictions meant that the pottery couldn't keep up with demand, and so a deal was struck with the newly opened Dartmouth Pottery. Manufacture moved to Devon, while glazing and decoration remained in Staffordshire.  Dartmouth pottery used the jug to advertise Plymouth Gin, and then in 1958 the Gluggle's profile rose when a pair of green jugs, embossed with Royal insignia, were presented to the Queen and Prince Philip during a visit to Britannia Naval College.  After the closure...

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Who is WAWWA?

WAWWA is certainly a brand that puts the planet first. When they started they wanted to make a change in the way people approach what they wear. They wanted to make a more sustainable option, well designed clothes, that looked good and do good.  They aim to make a product that lasts longer, negating the need for it to be replaced and minimising it's effect on the planet, because we've only got one.  Since the start, they started making t-shirts organically, using water based inks, the typical response we got was "I don't care about that mate" but we knew it was important, so we stuck with it, despite the extra costs involved.  A non organic t-shirt requires 2000 litres...

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Live Project with Staffordshire University

Everything starts as an idea and from learning. Connecting with the Staffordshire University Fashion Design course is really exciting for The Maverick Store.  The module aims to equip the students with the skills required to work in a commercial environment and will allow the students to explore research tactics to underpin trend forecasting. Enabling the students to design fashion ideas based on a sound knowledge of the end user and it's commercial viability. In this case sustainability and ethical sourcing is key, pricing a long the way to also make it commercial is paramount.  Talking to the students about sustainability in Fashion is super important, ensuring ethical sourcing is just as important as design.  Judging will take place in December,...

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