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  • Behind the Brand: Saywood

    We got to know Harriet, the founder of Saywood, a local fashion brand that focuses on eco-conscious high-quality pieces that stand the test of time. Who are you and how do you like your tea? I’m Harriet and I am the founder of Saywood, a responsible and ethical slow fashion brand that I launched in October 2020 from my spare room. I like a strong brew with milk, golden in colour. I like a cup of tea in the morning, and then one in the early afternoon at the weekend, or evening on a weekday - ideally with a biscuit or two. How did you get started with Saywood? Saywood is something I have been working on for the past four years. Working slowly to create the shirt blocks (‘blocks’ are the starting pattern you can turn into anything else), with a great fit, so I always had a good base to work from. The story has been developing over time, but it has been something I’ve wanted to do since I finished my fashion degree. When lockdown happened, I just found I had so much more time; I had a weekday job for a brand, but not commuting just gave me the space and time I needed to finish pulling it all together and get it off the ground. The start of lockdown was perfectly timed with me literally having no more light prep work to do. My next step was to start to take action - the labels, the fabric orders, designing the collection, finalising patterns and details, and actually getting the samples made. Edi Volume Sleeve Shirt, Pale Blue & White How would you describe your personal fashion style? My personal style is fun and colourful. I love finding unique pieces that are versatile, styles that feel open and you can wear back with anything in your wardrobe. Dress them up or down, I wear the same clothes to work that I do on the weekend, sometimes it is just a matter of the shoes you pick. What are your future goals for Saywood? Right now I am focusing on getting the brand out there, making it known to people. But I have so many ideas of where I want to take it. I started out with a collection of shirts, I’d like to expand on this and start to add new product categories. I want to create a social aspect around the brand - being social is part of life, but it’s also part of our wardrobes. We wear our clothes to go out in, to say something about ourselves. I’d like to do workshops, collaborations; there are so many places you can take a brand, when you start you are focused on just displaying what you can, but the future holds a lot of excitement. Slow fashion is a relatively new term in the history of fashion, can you tell us a bit more about it? It is a new term, but in the context of fashion history, it is perhaps one of the older tricks in the book. Really fast fashion is one of the newer terms and phenomena, but it has taken over the way fashion is too fast for anything to keep up. Where fast fashion is about churning out the latest trends in such massive volumes and unethically cheap prices, to be worn for only the next couple of months before you are persuaded to buy the newer trend, slow fashion is quite the opposite. Slow fashion is about small productions, design and make with care, effort and detail behind it. It is about making things last a long time, a lifetime, about pieces being timeless. Just because something is timeless, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it, it is just not about being the latest trend for trend's sake. It is a way to consider clothing and become more conscious about what you add to your wardrobe edit. Edi Volume Sleeve Shirt, Pale Blue Why is slow fashion important to you, and why is it important today? To me, slow fashion is important because it’s about learning to treasure something. To love a piece of clothing for what it is, and not for simply consuming and chucking once we are done with it. It feels quite sorrowful that we could consider clothing in such a way. Each garment has a story, and an awful lot goes into making a garment. Not only are we using materials and resources that originate from our planet, but there are many people involved in making just one item of clothing, from the farmers, to the weavers, the dyers and the garment makers, the finishers and the pressers - and that’s all before it gets packaged and sold. It is important that we start to change our mindsets about the way we consume. Today we consume so much more than we did back in the 50s for example, but each item individually costs much less, yet over the year, in the amount that we buy, we spend far more than we ever used to. Our planet cannot sustain this. If we took more time to consider what we buy, saved a bit longer and invested, we can have something so much more special that will last us, and that we will love, and we will stop taking more than the planet can cope with us taking, and the garment workers that make our clothes can be paid a fair and liveable wage. With slow fashion it's very important to look after your clothes, can you give us a few tips? It is so important to look after your clothes. The better you look after them, the longer they will last. Air your clothes by a window instead of washing them after every wear. Spot clean them with warm soapy water if you have a marker rather than washing the whole garment and using energy from the machine, and when you do wash them do it on a cool wash. I have lots of tips about repairing, caring for your clothes, and putting them away safely for the season if you won’t be wearing them - take a look at the Saywood journal; 13 Tips to Care for Your Clothes Sustainably. What's your personal saying? And what does it inspire? I think I want you in my life, always. This is at the heart of the Saywood brand. It is there to inspire loving your clothes, considering what you are buying, and intending to love that purchase for a long long time, to give it a long life, and to care for it, always. Jules Utility Shirt, Pink/ Lilac This was Behind the Brand With Harriet from Saywood Check out Saywood Studio: https://saywoodstudio.co.uk/ Plus her Instagram: @saywood.studio Be on the lookout for more behind the brand posts coming soon!

  • Did Queen Elizabeth drink Yunnan black tea?

    In 1986, Queen Elizabeth II visited China for six days beginning October 12. The Queen made a stop in Kunming — an appearance remembered by every Spring City resident alive at the time, but today little-known outside of Yunnan. On March 4, 2015, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, came to Yunnan. This was the second visit to Yunnan by members of the Royal Family over 30 years since Queen Elizabeth II visited Yunnan in 1986. During the period, Premium Gongfu Yunnan black tea, a symbol of friendship between Yunnan and the UK, was given as a national gift by Prince William to the Queen. This is the second time the Queen has received Yunnan black tea after 1986. In 1958, Premium Gongfu was auctioned at the highest price in London, England, and was determined by the State Council of China as the "Foreign Affairs Ceremony Tea". This was considered the highest level of domestic black tea at that time and is a best-selling product even in the current market. In December 2014, this ancient "Dianhong making technique" was included in the list of representative items of national intangible cultural heritage. When Queen Elizabeth came to Yunnan in 1986, she focused on the plants of Yunnan, and a particular highlight of Prince William’s visit in 2015 was a focus on the animals of Yunnan. He reviewed elephant protection measures in Xishuangbanna. At 5:50 pm on October 16, 1986, The Queen's private plane with the Royal Standards landed at the airport. The Queen and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, came to Kunming for the first time after visiting Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an. According to data, more than 1,500 people wearing 24 ethnic minority groups’ costumes played cheerful folk music and waved bouquets and ribbons in their hands to welcome their arrival. On the second day, the group visited the Western Hills Scenic Area. The Queen climbed to the Sanqing Pavilion in Western Hills, which she said it looked like a "tower in the sky", from there is a clear view of Lake Dian and a scenic view of Kunming, also known as Spring City. While she was there and enjoyed a cup of Yunnan Pu'er tea. At noon, The Queen took the Longmen Yacht to visit Lake Dian and travelled to Daguan Park along the waterway. After disembarking, they walked along the stone bridge to the core area of Jinhuapu. In the flowerbeds, three roses specially brought from the Royal Botanical Gardens were planted. After that, The Queen and her party visited an exhibition of the ethnic-cultural relics at the Yunnan Nationalities University and watched the ethnic minority inspired dance performed by the students. The Nationalities Institute presented The Queen with a set of Bai women's costumes and presented a Hulusi, a traditional ethnic wind instrument, to Prince Philip. At the banquet that evening, The Queen delivered a speech: "The Prince and I had a very pleasant day. Yunnan has its characteristics, which is fascinating and unforgettable." Drink like The Queen with our Classic Gongfu, which can be served with milk and sugar.

  • How to compost your tea at home?

    At YUYUN we’re all about making your tea go further, in this article we’re looking into composting. Like saving the bones for a good stock or saving the seeds to plant your own veg at home, composting at home is that little extra step you can take to help your garden come to life. We spoke to composting expert and local gardener Tim Hewitt for some advice on how to properly compost our tea and some good signs to look for. There’s a lot to go over so we’re going to stick to the fundamentals. What is compost? Compost is made by decomposing organic materials, thereby recycling what would be considered waste products. Once you get going it’s very easy to maintain, it simply needs a turn 2-3 times a week and you should start to see your hard-earned compost after 8-12 months, better put the kettle on. COMPOST FACT: a common misconception is that home composts attract rodents, farther it's a telling sign that there's something funky with your heap! The Vast majority of compost needs about a 1:1 weight ratio of nitrogen and carbon often referred to as “greens” and “browns”, “green’s” hence the name are green but can be various colours, these would be your fruit and vegetable scraps, tea, coffee, leaves and grass. “Brown’s” are typically brown and dry such as paper, tissue, cardboard, twigs, paper, pretty much the rest of the tea box*. *Remove stickers and anything with ink before composting, if you’re unsure you can always put them in your paper & cardboard recycling! What is healthy compost? Other than your nitrogen and carbon, there are also wet and dry factors, too dry and it can kill the life in your heap, too wet and it can create anaerobic conditions (meaning without oxygen), and your compost needs oxygen to decompose. To describe the perfect balance of wet and dry, it's like a sponge, it should be able to take on water easily, yet be able to hold it. In terms of consistency, you shouldn’t be able to form a mud ball, rather, it should be crumbly and soft. Healthy compost will be dark in colour, should work fast, and be odourless. “The compost should drain well yet also absorb moisture”, this might sound contradictory, but take an example of when your compost is in a plant pot, it should take in and absorb moisture from the rain, but also hold and allow your plant to absorb the water and minerals it needs. Temperature is another good sign that your compost is working well, and better results happen when you stay consistent with turning the compost. While it should start off as quite moderate it will eventually go into the Thermophilic phase, where temperatures can reach 50-60°C. From simple wooden structures to compost bins that have a rotating function. There are many different ways to collect compost, you can even get little compost caddies for your kitchen to collect the tea leaves for the week. When you find the time make sure you pay your nearest garden store a visit and pick the best for your size garden and budget. *Remove stickers and anything with ink before composting, if you’re unsure you can always put them in your paper & cardboard recycling! For horticultural events and volunteering opportunities across the London Borough of Waltham Forest, check out Forest Flora. If you found this content interesting and haven't already subscribed then now's your chance! Get 10% off your first order, weekly blog notifications, and the latest and exclusive discounts! Additionally, please tag us at either @yuyunteashop, @yuyunyunnanofficial, or /yuyunyunnanuk for your chance to get featured on our social media networks!

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  • Premium Loose Leaf Tea | Yuyun | UK

    Learn more Premium Loose Leaf Tea Shop Now Yuyun is an Independent Online Tea Shop based in East London, UK. Rather than importing from all over the world, we import from one growing region, Yunnan, China. Rediscover your love for tea with our high-quality products. Get your teapot at the ready, as we don't hide behind teabags here, fuller natural leaves, fuller flavour. ABOUT Best Sellers 万事如意Limited Edition Quick View Lunar New Year Taster Selection Kit Price £9.80 Add to Cart New Arrival Quick View Midsummer Dream Yunnan Green Tea Price £6.75 Add to Cart Deluxe Edition Quick View Golden Tip Yunnan Black Tea Price £10.00 Add to Cart Recommended Quick View Classic Gongfu Yunnan Black Tea Regular Price £7.40 Sale Price £6.66 Add to Cart Behind the Brand: Saywood Read More Did Queen Elizabeth drink Yunnan black tea? Read More View more posts > I thirst for updates! Let's Quench that Thirst! Subscribe for Updates, News, and Exclusive discounts

  • Our Story | Yuyun

    Our Story YUYUN YUNNAN LIMITED was founded in Summer 2020 by two young tea lovers in London, UK. Zora, spending time in London as a student fell in love with British tea culture, meeting Michael in return fell in love with Chinese tea culture, the two of them joined together to combine these ideas and cultures, with the ultimate goal to make the unique and traditional Chinese tea tastes accessible to the British market. ​ In Chinese, 'YUYUN' means a pleasant lingering effect, and aftertaste of a good tea. China is the birthplace of tea, and Yunnan is the hometown of unique tea trees, where the fertile land and moderate climate are naturally high quality for the cultivation of some of the finest tea in China. ​ There are tea companies all over the UK. What makes us different from other tea companies? We are a small company that has a deep connection to Yunnan, with the dedication to one area, we offer a higher and more refined tea to our customers. ​ We strive to bring new tastes to our consumers, not only in flavour but also in culture, we want more people to adopt loose tea as the standard, and to try and rebrand tea-time as a more meditative and social experience, an appreciation of the little things in life. We invite you to join us on this wonderful tea journey. Put the kettle on, 'YUYUN' is on the way! Meet The Team Zora Pu Managing Director Social Media Manager Zora is an authentic Yunnan girl. She grew up in a family that loves Yunnan tea very much. Under the influence of her family, since childhood, she has a deep interest in Yunnan's ethnic minorities' tea culture. ​ She has obtained two master's degrees in the field of media from the University of Leeds and Goldsmith College. While studying in the UK, she discovered a country rich in tea culture, but she missed the tea culture from her hometown, with this hardship she found her niche and decided she should bring a piece of Yunnan to the UK herself. ​ Two years of working in the brand operation and sales, as well as years of studying media, have given her the ability and have strengthened her idea to start a tea business. Michael Butler Commercial Director Business Development Manager A native to London, Michael was brought up knowing the joys of a good cup of tea. While he always appreciated Chinese tea he didn't know how good it could get until he met Zora. ​ He obtained a bachelor's from UAL in Graphic Design and followed his own path using his skills in different fields, working in hospitality he understands the basics of running a food business. He learnt the ability to understand and cater to the customer and through various jobs. ​ During Summer, after being introduced to Yunnanese tea, he started experimenting with flavours and he discovered how good Dianhong is in Iced Tea. There's good, and then there's great. You can sell great. Wendy Wang (based in China) Supply Chain Manager Wendy, graduated from Yunnan College of Tourism Vocation, the only college-level, public full-time vocational college in Yunnan Province, with a Hotel Management degree in 1990. ​ During her years of study, she visited various places in Yunnan, including various ethnic minority gathering places, she learned about their tea-drinking customs and history. Even after working in Xiamen, she often returned to visit tea friends in Yunnan. ​ With more than 20 years of knowledge. In 2013, she opened her first tea shop in Xiamen, which specialises in tea from Yunnan. In 2016, she opened a second tea shop in Jiaxing, Zhejiang. She is c onsidered a specialist in Yunnan tea, she has been frequently invited as a lecturer to promote and train tea-related knowledge. ​ ​

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