We can't wait to let you learn all about our latest Wee Bit of Wonderful designer/maker. As avid readers we couldn't help but be drawn to the lovely work of Louise and Team Bookishly ... it's a fascinating read learning how her business has evolved over the last 8 years!
Hey! I’m Louise Verity from Bookishly. We’re a literary gift company based in Northamptonshire. We design and create a number of products, the majority of which are inspired by all things bookish - with a touch of geek thrown in for good measure. Bookishly’s motto is a quote from writer J.M Barrie: ‘Always try to be little kinder than is necessary.’
Bookishly first started in 2009 as Wall Envy Art. It all began with an antique dictionary and my grandfather’s set of water colours. I used to hand ink our signature book page prints in my spare bedroom, and sell a handful a week. As time progressed, both my team and product range did too. Eight years later, our framed book page prints are still an integral part of our brand, but the business is driven by a number of other products too. The two most significant of which are our monthly book club subscriptions and our personalised star chart prints.
Bookishly couldn’t have expanded without the input of our amazing team. My design skills are limited, so having the input of a real designer meant we could do so much more! Our subscriptions are now basically a business of their own, so organising and fulfilling them is a major undertaking. We are now a team of 12, including designers, a marketing wiz, and the super heroes that keep the orders going out the door.
We find inspiration in all sorts of places, some maybe a little more surprising than others... words, of course, are a huge inspiration. As Albus Dumbledore once said, they are our most ‘inexhaustible source of magic’. Our customers and their stories inspire us too, we love that our star chart prints have played such a special part in the lives of so many. On a personal level my small creative business friends are constantly an inspiration. By sharing our successes and challenges we have been able to support each other so much.
Going forward, we’re constantly working on new designs and products that our customers will love. It’s still just as exciting planning for what’s to come as it was eight years ago! We’re working on our new Bookishly Crate, which is a monthly box of bookish goodies themed around a different book each time. Creating new products for a monthly regular release is quite a challenge but we’re up for it!