Written by Megan Valero
Welcome to this side of the blue. We’ve gone back to our original blue Pigeon Wishes packaging for this collection. The Beaches Collection was inspired by my childhood local day trips to the coast. Being in the UK the coastline is never too far away and while the beaches aren’t tropical! They do hold that magic and beauty a seashore just seems to possess. Coronavirus has halted most international flights and I’m sure more people than ever, since cheap flights became available, are spending their holidays locally.
For us that meant embracing the unpredictable weather, fish and chips and seagulls. We spent our summer holiday this year in North Wales going along the coast, only going inland to spend a few nights in Snowdonia. It was wonderful.
With this shared grounding experience in mind, we reached out to our followers for inspiration (and possibly to get some recommendations for future travel destinations) with a competition. We asked for a description of their favourite local beach/a beach they went to often and we would design a button from our favourite entry. It was tough narrowing it down!!!! Really tough! We want to thank everyone who entered and made it so difficult! It was a pleasure and a joy reading through all the replies and picturing what each button could look like. The winner, comment and winning button design are featured below.
Now let me introduce our Beaches Button Collection……
Brighton is an obvious coastal day trip from London (where I grew up) and when I finally visited at about 12 years old, I stood on the pebble beach of Brighton, on a gloomy day……. and beauty wasn’t the first thing I noted! Sand and sun are still a top requirement for a great beach for me personally! However, I slowly came around to the fun and vibrancy of the city which came through from everywhere. I visited again a few times (on sunnier days!) and I like walking around the actual city rather than hanging out on the beach.
Filled with nostalgia, Southend-on-sea was an annual trip my mum’s friend took a group of us kids on. Roller coasters, that weird penny falls arcade game, too much sugar and pure excitement. I’ve not been in over a decade and don’t want to, I just don’t think the reality will live up to the rose tinted memories! Just thinking about the amount of rock I would consume on the day trip and the days after make my teeth hurt! No pier will ever be as colourful, no sky as blue or crooked house so….crooked. The crooked house was my favourite attraction and I’m happy to say it’s still there! Not so happy that it’s described as one of the oldest
Now my local beach, Formby is a place I’ve just discovered since my move to Liverpool last year. A northern secret and treasure. From the pine woods, to the sand dunes to the beautiful sandy beach. I’m so thankful to be such a short train ride away from such a beautiful part of the coast. Spontaneous days to the beach are possible and inexpensive. Formby will be place my son (Olimi) will have his first beach memories and the place he will go with his friends when he is older. I wanted these buttons to have a special, magical whimsy since it’s a place that will be full of new cherished, childhood memories. I absolutely LOVE how Art Deco these buttons came out and expect them to be part of great makes.
This button set has 13 buttons as opposed to our usual 15 in a set. This is because our Formby buttons are more detailed and take more time and money to produce.
The competition winner! Thank you Jennie (@jenjen.bollands) for giving us the inspiration to create this button!
Here’s her description.
“I would suggest Aberystwyth in Wales. It faces directly west so you get a beautiful rich sunset over the horizon in the middle of the ocean every evening – burning oranges and reds over blue sea. My boyfriend went to university there and tells stories of their bonfires on the beach. These stories are filled with so much joy and nostalgia, and are so vivid, you can almost feel the heat of the fire.”
We hope we’ve encapsulated the feeling right in you Aberystwyth button!
Pure shores and pure vibes. Instead of a place, these buttons were inspired by the All Saints 90’s classic song. We couldn’t have a beach collection without some actual real shell buttons! Our Pure Shores buttons are iridescent and beautifully natural in their bumps and crevices.
So loved imaging and bringing this collection to life. We absolutely cannot wait to see what creations they end up on.