There does seem to be a general feeling of optimism in the air, though. House prices rose again last month for the third consecutive month, according to a survey by Housetrack, and the Bank of England kindly opted not to increase interest rates in October, making all us homeowners feel a little richer.
So for how long can we all refrain from splashing out? From a personal point of view, it seems a very long time since I made an extravagant purchase and I really am beginning to feel the need for a splurge – am I alone in this? As the co-owner of a small independent retailer, I’m very much hoping not, and when better to justify a spending spree than Christmas?
So at Feather & Stitch, we are greatly looking forward to the festive season. We have the decorations waiting to be displayed, the stockroom full of party dresses and the champers on ice. We will be doing all we can this Christmas to encourage our customers to indulge in some retail therapy, spoil friends and family and once more revel in materialism.
Our message at every opportunity will be that it’s time for fun, to party and spend time with loved ones and, if all this leads to the revival of the retailer’s profits, would that be such a bad thing? Surely we all deserve a little rest after having worked so hard all year?
So all that is left for me to say is that I wish you all the very best for the festive season and the very sweetest dreams in the new year.
- Fleur Webb is co-owner of two-store contemporary womenswear indie Feather & Stitch, which has stores in Chelsea and Richmond-upon-Thames in London