Annie Sloan – the Queen of chalk paint – started her business from a small shop in Oxford over 25 years ago. Since these humble beginnings the Annie Sloan empire now boasts stockists worldwide from Singapore to Calgary, Helsinki to Cape Town.
As Chalky Chic is based in Oxford, I couldn’t resist going along to the launch of Annie’s latest book Annie Sloan Paints Everything which took place in her tiny shop on Oxford’s Cowley Road last night (27 October 2016).
As an added bonus, Anna and Rosie from Independent Oxford were there hosting one of their regular Indie Oxford Meet Ups. I’ve been interested in joining this group for some time so it was a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone!
The shop was packed to the rafters. Staff were on hand passing around canapés and flutes of Prosecco as well as answering questions, particularly about Annie’s three new wonderful colours Giverney, Amsterdam Green and Honfleur. Annie was very friendly and down to earth and after a few welcoming words, signed copies of the book whilst her family mingled with the crowd.
I recognised a few familiar faces from the Magdalen Flea Market and stopped to chat with Rosie and Anna who encouraged me to come along to the next Indie Oxford Meet Up and advised me on how to join the Independent Oxford Directory of Businesses and Makers. All in all, it was a pleasant and informal evening and although networking doesn’t come naturally to me, I’m glad I went along.