Don’t Hold the Horses

The Stripes Company Postage and Delivery

the stripes company postage

During nearly 15 years of trading online, one of the trickiest challenges has been posting goods out to customers in a timely and efficient fashion.
When we began back in 2006, we used Royal Mail for all our small packages and mail. DPD, Hermes and Yodel did not exist, but Postman Pat is still a familiar figure in our towns and villages – and we continue to use this service to this day.

Now RM has a more efficient service called ‘Click and Drop’, which speeds up our systems when we pack and send out hundreds of packages per day, with tracking as standard, and the Postman may be relied upon not to make ‘dustbin’ deliveries.

Larger Parcels – Deckchairs, Windbreaks etc

For larger parcels ( and some of ours are REALLY large ) we now use FEDEX who are probably the largest and most dependable carrier globally.

We also use freight forwarders for more complicated shipments, together with pallet companies for bulkier orders. If you are ordering from overseas, our service is exemplary.

However, all this comes at a price, and even if we charge domestic customers for postage (which we don’t) customers would be shocked if they knew or had to pay the price we are charged by our carriers for a such highly honed service.

So we bear the cost of this for our customers – for non-mainland UK and overseas parcels we charge according to the carriers quoted prices.

Delivery Times at StripesCo

Our post is manifested and collected each day – we usually pack orders the day we receive them ( weekdays only) or the next day if we are very busy at peak times.

Special stitching orders and made to measure obviously takes a little bit longer and our expert stitchers are usually quick, but we can always prioritise for special requests – just add ‘Express Shipping’ to your basket when you order.

As a rule, we receive very few complaints from customers over delivery issues. We have a no quibble replacement policy – this is because we do not use the cheaper and less customer-friendly services.

Our goods and services speak for themselves, and we have many wonderful and loyal customers whose support we treasure.

Striped Face Coverings

Reversible Face Masks From The Stripes Company

Our new reversible striped face coverings are a luxurious combination of a variety of our beautiful striped fabrics and the eight colourful velvet fabrics we stock.

Made in our Chester shop, these unique face coverings are soft and warm, perfect for the coming winter months. As face coverings become an everyday necessity, they can also be a fashion statement and coordinate with what we are wearing!

Reusable and Washable Face Coverings

You can wash and reuse our velvet stripe face mask coverings. Dry promptly and iron on the stripe side only.

Pack of 3 Face Coverings

You can purchase a pack of 3 randomly chosen striped face coverings or choose individually by velvet colour – Pale Aqua, Coral Red, Emerald Green, Burnt Orange, Bright Pink, Plush Purple, Cool Turquoise or Golden Yellow.

Furthermore, the stripes on each face mask are picked to corodinate with the sumptuous velvet so they may vary slightly from the pictures shown.

pink velvet face covering
Pink Velvet Face Covering with Snooker Stripe
turquoise velet face covering
Turquoise Velvet Face Covering with Rhumba Stripe
Stripes Company Face Coverings
Assorted Pack of 3 Stripes Company Face Coverings

About Our Windbreak Poles

Wooden Windbreak Poles for our Beach Windbreaks are probably one of the most challenging items that we have to source…

So far we have been sourcing windbreak poles from companies which may have ceased to trade with unused warehouse stock, and we were lucky enough to acquire hundreds of unused 1950’s poles made from beechwood as part of the Blackpool Deckchair trove.

Trying to find new poles in this day and age, of the correct size and quality, is more difficult than one would imagine. No UK business that we contacted is geared up to this type of manufacture. Furthermore, any other poles readily available are made of unsustainable poor quality wood from dubious Oriental sources.

When we asked our Indonesian suppliers if they could make new poles for us with the same high spec as our other furniture, the price quoted was not a viable option. However, they came up with a surprising alternative…

Vintage Poles

They have sourced some ready made vintage poles made of a strong native wood of surprising quality and endurance, together with the additional bonus of being the correct width and length. They just needed a point carving at the end like a large pencil, but as luck would have it, they were already painted along the length years ago, in bold horizontal red and white stripes.

windbreak poles

Perfect Poles for The Stripes Company

It transpires that they were used for Indonesian Independence Day celebrations each year. Please read the story below as told to us by our lovely suppliers – it is a great provenance for our windbreak poles, and we acquired all that were available! The poles are left in their original worn condition with all the marks and scratches of their long history – stripping them back to the natural wood would have robbed them of all character, and as most of the pole is hidden anyway, we did not think that this was necessary.

We hope that you agree when reading the story below.

Their Story ….

“Every August each year we are remembering the struggle and sacrification of our national heroes in fighting for our national independence.

There are usually celebrations and parades on the street, performing arts and cultural attractions where the boy scouts and students take part.

Together, they create performances like dancing, marching band, theatrical art show, etc using many red and white poles.

Red and White Pole
Red and White Pole used in Indonesian Independence Day Celebrations

The Red and White colours have a very long history.

It is the triumph color of the ancient kingdom named Majapahit. This is once ruling the regions from the Nusantara archipelago until Singapore, and some parts of Malaysia and Cambodia.
This ancient kingdom is located in East Java. They were the biggest and strongest kingdom in Indonesia’s history, even in Southeast Asia.
At that time the archipelago hadn’t been named Indonesia yet but it is Nusantara that means archipelagos.

The Red and White colours then became the legacy or sign of the power of the kingdoms ruling the Nusantara after Majapahit falls, until Indonesia became a republic.
With the spirit of the greatest kingdom, our founding fathers decided to use the Red and White colors as our national flag.

The Flag was first fluttered on the 17th of August 1945 in an independence proclamation event in Jakarta which marks Indonesia’s Independence Day”.

Our New Beach Windbreak Poles

We will now be using these fabulous poles when we make our 4 pole, 5 pole or 6 windbreaks. Available in a variety of our brightly striped fabrics that look wonderful on the Beach or in the Garden.

Each windbreak has a handy pocket (2 on a 6 pole) and a storage/carry bag in matching stripes.

striped beach windbreak
Striped Beach Windbreak in Pentathlon Stripe with Carry Bag

Velvet Cushions with Striped Accents

Our new range of colourful velvet cushions with striped accents and trimmings is here!

New and exclusive cotton velvet cushions

We are proud to announce our New and exclusive plain cotton velvet range for interior soft furnishing projects.
In gorgeous brights and jewel colours with textures as silken as a puppy’s ear..

We invite you to have look at the stunning new range of products that we have produced which incorporate our gorgeous new velvets, stripes and trimmings. They are suitable for all the year round.

small velvet cushions with striped buttons

Bestselling Stripes

The velvet colours that we are introducing are based on the colours in our bestselling stripes. These will co-ordinate with many of our trimmings. So, if there are velvet cushions with striped accents that you see, but you would like to have made to measure, and in any combination other than shown, please email us with your requirements.

Infinite Velvet and Striped Combinations

As it is impossible to picture all the infinite combinations, we have pictured a few to give you some ideas, which are available to buy from the website.
(Made to measure is usually at no extra cost if similar to those shown)

We also have snuggly velvet lined cotton THROWS, PIPED CUSHIONS in plain velvet or HALF AND HALF CUSHIONS with stripes and velvet. Together with reversible striped cotton and velvet BAGS, velvet striped button SEAT PADS and lots, lots more!

We hope you enjoy – and we have lots more ideas in the pipeline!

Be your own Interior designer!

With Our New Velvet and Stripes Soft Furnishing Collection

At the time when Scarlett O’Hara had the notion to tear down the green curtains at Tara to make a beautiful dress in the iconic ‘Gone With The Wind’, velvet was considered to be the height of luxury and wealth. With her new finery, she was hoping to give her intended beau, Rhett Butler, the impression of survival against the odds, and ultimately succeed in the face of impending doom as the American Civil war took hold.

Velvet adds Comforting Touch

Hopefully, better days are on the horizon for us also, but velvet adds a very comforting touch in uncertain times – especially with the change of season from Summer into Autumn and Winter.

Stunning Combinations

The Stripes Company are now offering a new range of soft cotton velvets in bright jewel colours to mix with our popular Interior Stripe Fabrics, which together make stunning combinations for cushions, bags and throws.

Because there as so many possible combinations, we are leaving it up to our customers to decide which colour options to choose and add embellishments using any of our fabulous trims or piping.
Furthermore we guarantee that they are a million miles away from Scarlett’s dowdy greens with matching tie backs and will leave customers to rattle their own pelmets (so to speak)!.

Made to Measure – in House Stitchers

There are some ideas on the website, which you can buy in the combinations and sizes shown. But if you wish to have them made in your own choice of sizes and colours, please contact us with your requirements and ideas, and our in-house stitchers will make especially for you.

turquoise velvet and striped fabric cushion
Piped Half and Half Cushions – one side velvet, one side stripes

Headrests for Deckchairs

headrests for deckchairs
Headrests for Deckchairs

Tie on Headrests for Deckchairs

For ultimate comfort our headrests for deckchairs are the perfect addition to your deck chair or steamer chair. We can make them in any of our deckchair canvas fabrics, with trimming in coordinating pompom fringes. Also each headrest has ties to attach them to your chair, so you will enjoy real comfort sitting on the beach or in your garden.

Because we have deckchair headrest cushions available in over 45 different stripes from our range of deckchair fabric, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

pink and white deckchair headrest
pink and white deckchair headrest

Headrests for Steamer Chairs

Similarly, our colourful headrests are also suitable for use on teak steamer chairs, or any high backed garden chair, even an adirondack chair. Furthermore the stripy ties allow you to attach and remove the headrests easily.

Steamer Chair Headrests
Headrest on a Steamer Chair
deck chair headrests

Timeless Stylish Deck Chairs

stylish edwardian deck chairs
Edwardian Deck Chair in Aerobics Stripe

Stylish Deck Chairs, Timeless Deckchairs  – The Edwardian Deck Chair

Stylish Deckchairs

Here at the Stripes Company we offer new Old Style Deck Chairs which we cover from ‘canopy’ top to ‘footstool’ toe in any of our wonderful deckchair fabrics. In addition we trim the canopies with pompoms from our range of bobble fringes, if desired.

Timeless Garden Chairs

These timeless stylish deck chairs are in the style of Edwardian deckchairs from days gone by. The beautiful canopies shade you from the sun, while the footstool lets you put your feet up, so you can totally relax. What more could you want? 

Oh I know! A matching tie on deck chair headrest……..(which we now make!!)

green old style deck chair
Green old style deck chair – Punting Stripe

 

Restore Antique Deck Chairs

However some of our enterprising customers restore and recover their own antique deck chairs. Furthermore, they buy the deckchair fabric from The Stripes Company and recover the chairs themselves.

Also, see our video on how to make your own stylish deck chair canopy cover in 6 simple steps.

Its quite easy with our detailed instructions

restored edwardian deckchair
Restored edwardian deckchair for 70th birthday present

Replacement Covers

If sewing is not your thing, we can now make stylish replacement Edwardian deck chair covers, including replacement canopies and fabric for the footstools. Just choose your fabric and send us your old covers as templates.

Crystallised Aprons for Christmas

Limited Edition Crystal Embellished Aprons
A sprinkling of Swarovski crystals has transformed our striped aprons, into one worthy of a domestic God or Goddess.

Put Dickensian Christmas firmly in the past by hosting a candlelit meal wearing one of our Swarovski crystal aprons to delight your guests – or even reward your best friend or Mother in Law – these crystals have been applied by a specialist London couturier.

Crystal Necklace and Heart Apron
Crystal Necklace and Heart Apron – Squash Stripe

swarovski crystal aprons
Rummy Swarovski Crystal Apron

Limited Edition Striped Aprons

This is a Limited Edition in ten of our best selling apron colours – so please hurry now whilst they are in stock.
Our striped cotton aprons are also popular. Some customers collect them and give them as gifts to their friends and families. We currently have 53 apron colours in stock – probably the largest collection in the UK.

Furthermore, they suit everyone! Provide coverage where needed with an adequate hand wiping area and wash beautifully time after time. In addition, capacious pockets are provided for all the necessary phones, hankies, pens and recipes.

 

Traditional Folding Wooden Deckchairs

We have found a supplier of fabulous traditional folding wooden deckchairs made in the UK for our customers whose old deckchairs are beyond repair or those that haven’t got any to recover in the first place !

You can have your Deckchairs covered by us in any of our Deckchair Canvas or Vintage Deckchair Canvas range – that’s over 40 different deckchair fabrics to choose from!

Mix or match – but we love them all different and clashing!

deckchair with lime green stripe deckchair canvasdeckchairs

Wooden deckchairs with striped deckchair canvas
Wooden deckchairs with striped deckchair canvas

Deckchair covered in vintage deckchair canvas Jazz