Some awesome new pouches have just landed through our Port view doors over the past month. But there is one that stands out - check out the new Kangaroo Collection limited run (only 10 left).
'Australian Heritage' SWIG Flask
(by Australian Artisan James B. Young)
A genuine 'Australian Heritage' Vegetable Tanned Kangaroo SWIG Flask.
After 4 months of work & waiting, I've launched my new Kangaroo SWIG. It'll divide opinion, I know- but with Crystal Glass SWIG Flasks on the horizon- my goal is to have a 1st class of pouches to dress the world's finest flasks.
"The leather is a vegetable tanned kangaroo produced in Australia for making stock whips.
Kangaroo has the highest tensile strength of any leather - 3 x that of cow.... the skins are a premium resource with a global demand (that mostly goes into high end football boots.
I have used a hand-rolled waxed thread (barbours linen of course!), the buckles are solid brass spur strap buckles - another reference to Australian heritage."
If you're looking for something extra special (maybe for that someone special), this is the one.
Like the look of my SWIGs? Think you'd love to get one as a prezzie for someone? Eyeing your bank balance nervously? Hiding from your bank balance in abject terror?
So, for one week only, until Wednesday 23rd November, I have three SWIG Gift Sets to sell - not for money, but for skills.
It's your chance to ease up the Xmas spending, spend more on whisky, and have a bit of fun.
1. Email me at email@example.com and tell me what you'd like offer....
- It can be: Skills/Items/Advice/Services
- It can't be: Custody offers of family members.
2. I'll pick my 3 favourite offers (over a nice SWIG of Jawbox Gin).
3. We'll seal the deal by Wednesday 23rd November and you get any gift set of your choice in return.
SWIG SWAP 2015...
I made THIS video last year. It was an awesome response. I got over 30 offers (see some below)...It was a difficult choice, but I was only able to take up 3.
My favourite was a Hand Knitted 'Aran' Jumper from Joanna. She made it so I could wear it on my next whisky expedition to Scotland. It is awesome.
I also chose some video work for my Youtube channel, and a piece of bespoke woodturning from a young craftsman. I've also swapped SWIG's in the past for bottles of excellent gin, one guy took us to Buckingham Palace, and one lovely gal even cooked me a birthday cake!
So Good Luck. Just send your trade through to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m dreaming of a SWIG Christmas… yes I know I can hear you from here “its only November…Halloween was only yesterday" etc etc...
But, it is only 42 days until the big man in the red suit pops down the chimney, and if you’re anything like me it seems like a million miles away. But I am assured by our SWIG team that before I know it, Christmas will soon be upon us (and am I quite sure I don’t want to start ordering presents).
So this is a thumbs up to you guys that are thinking… "aye right its still at least a month away", I got your back.
Check out our postage options below:
20th December - Last orders for 2nd Class Postage
21st December – Last orders for 1st Class Postage (48 hours)
22nd December – Special Delivery Guaranteed (24 hours)
23rd December – Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed (next day)
24th December – Pre arranged with myself (collection only)
But if you're on the other side of the fence and are getting your ducks in a row, you'll be pleased to hear we've been getting orders since August...yes August you did read that right. So you are not alone - it's never too early to order a SWIG Flask.
PS if you’re based in Northern Ireland I can get you a SWIG flask on 24th December even if it means donning the red suit and picking up the black sack and delivering it to you myself.
On the 16th September Culture Night dawned and I decided to "be cultured" and see if it was all it was cracked up to be. It had a festival vibe with lots of people about that would not normally be there...loitering... and of course a heaving amount of craic. I had just got my hands on my Limited Edition Capped Flask and couldn't wait to take it out on it's first adventure, and what an occasion for its maiden voyage.
One of my mates known as 'Turtle' (right) was feasting on the free Veda bread, but nothing matched up to the bacon on top, or the free cheese in the Tesco tent.
Now you might be wondering what on earth Culture Night is, but basically it's a free for all for businesses to show case local produce, entertainers to entertain and a wee night out for the locals. Check out this guy, he was cracker -nothing wrong with belting out The Gambler and donning a pair of cowboy boots.
A quick pitstop to refill the Capped Flask with some Absinthe, designated driver short straw was drawn by Nicole... So it was in fact her steady hand that rescued us that night (there was a funnel knocking about but unsure where that went along the way).
A quick sweep and browse around the food tent ensured we didn't have to stop off at a rammed restaurant. And finally a wee sit down on the straw bales (do not ever call these hay bales when there's a horsey woman around you will get corrected) to watch the line dancing saw the end to an awesome evening.
If you're ever in Belfast do stop by to see the sights, apparently there's a whole lotta culture here to be soaked up.
G'day... I've been up since 6am debating which pouch I should snuggle my Limited Edition Capped Flask into today (what it's getting cold outside- I do live in Belfast remember).
Now that you've stopped the judging and I have my EDI in check (Every Day Items... I learn something new every day from my USA customers). I thought why not learn some more and check in to see what the most popular pouches are - go on give it a guess before taking a look below :D
To add drama I've decided to go in reverse order...
In 3rd Position: The Scottish Heritage
Can't say fairer than that, our awesome heritage pouch maker is based out in the sticks of the Scottish hills. Every one is hand crafted, using British leather which means each pouch is unique. Can't go wrong with having some Scottish whisky to pair it with eh :D
In 2nd Position: The Harris Tweed Brown
The traditional Harris Tweed is sourced from our supplier in the Isle of Skye, known for keeping the hands warm (and the insides even warmer) the Harris Tweed Brown is a great choice for taking a hike in the hills.
And the greatly anticipated 1st Position is:
Wahey, sourced from the same supplier as the Harris Tweed Brown, the Harris Tweed Black is more versatile (I don't feel like I need to get the wellies on and buy a land rover... although I am sure there will be a point in my life where this is essential) and can be brought to any occasion without drawing too much attention.
I know you've been dying to find out which I decided on today... well who can argue with you lot. The Harris Tweed black it is.
A couple of weeks ago Nicole and I picked up our favourite SWIG flasks and visited Northern Irelands first licenced distillery in over 125 years - distilling its first spirit in 2013.
Echlinville Distillery is based down the Ards Peninsula in a wee village called Rubane, and were celebrating the launch of their new ShortCross Gin.
We were among some of the first to be shown where the spirits are produced, and heard the story of how Echlinville distillery was born from Managing Director, Shane Braniff. Absolute legend. It looks like he's renovating a local hotel so people can visit and stay. Looks awesome.
I was really pleased to be beside a fella' called Gerry White. He is one of Shane's business partner and the brains behind the 'Jawbox' Gin brand. I actually love their branding (and appreciate the design work of the guys at Drinksology in Belfast too). They plied us with the stuff on the night and I've since bought bottles. Shame I can't buy them from Amazon though!
I have to say, the supper was awesome. Anytime I'm fed duck, I'm a happy man. Everything was infused with one of the gins produced there. Nicole was driving so I of course ended up doubling down on everything. I really wish I had of stored them in my SWIG instead. It all went down waay to quickly on the night!
If you get the chance to visit, definitely call by and take a look. Don't worry if you aren't a gin lover, their "Feckin" whisky is also a great shout.
Alright? Hope yer' well. Looks like the Nolan-SWIGSPOT went out to BBC NI tonight!
Despite my mum being absolutely mortified, I was havin' a great time. (She was also mortified at my wee sister who put no bother acting into the show!)
The profile came thanks to Invest NI's Propel Program (Shoutout to Diane R) and was all filmed in a day over at Portview Trade Centre. Nolan was great craic and put up with all the rakers beepin' at his as they drove past (and the ones stoppin' for selfies).
Anyway. Cheers for checking in. I know we're a bit of a secret to Northern Ireland (hiding away on the Newtownards Road), so here are 5 reasons you might like to get to know SWIG...
>I do all my own engraving. So if your lastminute.com and need an amazin' gift- I can hook you up same day (or next if you can't get to Belfast).
>I ship my Naked Flask to over 40 countries... but I'm gutted to only get the occasional wedding order from over here.
>They come gift wrapped so theres no need to run out to Clintons.
>SWIG Wedding Hip Flasks are damn solid.
>I'll usually run a discount for anyone in NI who calls for a Natter (020 3239 5864)
In the Christmas of 2013 (When I was generally offline and down to my last pennies) I met a gentleman at the 'Spirit of Christmas' Fair at Kensington. He wanted purple.
He was after a SWIG, but it had to be purple. No problem! I had a couple of shades in stock (my old summer range was REALLY varied with whatever was available from my leatherworker that week). I set about packaging up one of my light purples in a SWIG numbered well below 500!
He urgently advised me to not do something as ridiculous... as he would only accept a very specific shade. An almost violet purple. One we only had left in our lovely glass cabinet.
I shoo'ed him off. Hinting that I may help him if he comes back in 4 days at the end of the exhibition when I wouldn't need my beautiful display anymore.
I think I saw a tear form, but he maintained his dignity and wished me farewell.
4 days later, guess who returns? He proudly showed me his phone to backup his eagerness... It was one image of him in a full set of Purple Shooting Gear! The exact same shade of purple. Everything- the hat, coat, gloves and shoes... It looked so damn good. and he was so damn proud!
So in honour of this gentleman, I have commissioned the exact same shade for a trial run of 35. Get 'em while they are hot and enjoy. (PS it is 33 now as me and Nicole refuse to share).
Let me know what you think!
Well it's now the last day of the launch and I am oh-so very close to hitting my milestone. I can tell you now, I'll not be so keen to set such an ambitious one again!
I'm sure you're curious about some of the stats, so you can take a nosey at some of the ones below:
-72% of our USA orders went to East Coast. Those New Yorkers certainly know how to SWIG. (NB: West Coast swiggers... it is not too late to represent!)
-We got nearly 25 of our pre-orders for the capped flasks from USA alone.
-60% of our customers wanted to order a SWIG hip flask for themselves because they'd already gifted one before.
-For my initial milestone (25% of our SWIG's going to USA by 1st September), I'm currently only 7 SWIG hip flasks away from success!
If you are on the fence, or are thinking about flasks for the future- just give me a shout at swigflasks.com/natter.
It was truly overwhelming to receive the feedback responses and ideas. My meeting with the Propel programme is on Monday next week to show off the results and convince them that SWIG has got potential in USA. I'll let you know how it goes!
PS- If you know of anyone with a wedding coming up or know where a SWIG might be a good gift. Please do refer our flasks on. I'll owe you a wee whisky for sure.
"My name is Zoe De Toledo, and I am the coxswain of the Great Britain women's eight crew, heading to this summer's Rio Olympic Games".
And so 11 SWIG Union Jack Flasks accompanied Zoe, her crew, coaches to the Rio Olympic games 2016. The hip flasks must've brought them luck, with the team securing Silver on 13th August (Day 8).
A massive congrats to Zoe and the crew, I was sitting on the edge of my seat watching the race - they were so close to gold :O
Have you guys been watching the Olympics? Anyone taken their SWIG hip flask along?