The Paper Rain Project is no longer a purely online entity! We are so happy to let you know that we now have a summer shop on the high street of Picton. After a lot of planning, adjustments and readjustments, December saw the grand opening of our debut store and we're sticking around until the end of February - at least - so pop in and say hi whilst we're here!
Our rather large & fully stocked shop holds a huge range of boards, t-shirts and giclee prints from our artist collaborations, as well as our range of products from local & ethical creatives.
Let us introduce you to;
Xavier & Napoleon
Xavier Birch, 25, from Nelson was clearly destined for greatness with that name, and found his passion in leather craft. His premium leather brand combines minimalism, quality and practicality in equal measures and the outcome, in our opinion, is pretty special.
With a local, fair trade, batch-roasting coffee company situated just down the road in Blenheim it would be plain wrong to not stock some in the shop. Having just sold his cafe, Ritual, after 3 years of owning and running it, Matt Hellriegel has passed on his deliscious roast to new owners, Del & Dave. This stuff is delicious. We don't mind the great aroma it adds to our Picton space either. Disclaimer: there will be no uncaffeinated members of staff on the premises.
La Petit Chocolat
Here at The Paper Rain Project we're firm believers that chocolate should always be on hand and so the decision to stock this fundamental necessity was a fairly easy one. These guys specialise in making high-percentage chocolate in unique and intriguing flavours including lemon & sea salt and ginger & mandarin. In addition to this, the ingredient lists boast a purely organic and fair trade line up. What's not to love?
The Loyal Workshop
The Loyal Workshop are a Kiwi company that operate in Kolkata, India re-training women in leather craft in order to help them out of prostitution. The leather they chose to use is from cows and buffalo that have died of natural causes or is a bi-product of the meat trade so is as ethical as it comes. It is then coloured using natural vegetable dyes sourced from the community.
Jude Raffills: Rimu Bottle Openers
Jude Raffills is the creative genius that conjured up these handy wooden gadgets which everyone has agreed are the classic "I wish I had thought of this" invention. They are also a perfect nod to our upcoming collaboration with the local beer company Renaissance *spoiler alert*. The simple design that uses just a piece of wood, a nail and two magnets, is partnered with beautiful recycled Rimu wood resulting in the best bottle opener that we've come across. Cheers to that!