Introduce us to you and your brand!
Hello my name is Jade, I created St Mango after leaving a job I was unhappy in. My aim was to bring joy to gifting by creating a selection of gifts and homeware inspired by food, ranging from pun cards to mugs and wrapping paper.
The name St.Mango comes from St.Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow but with a fruity twist to show the quirky personality of the business.
How has your brand/work developed since you began?
I started creating small keyrings and badges, and along the way have expanded my range from accessories to homeware and gifts.
What do you consider to be your most popular product?
My most popular product has to be the Scottish Scran Mug. I initially didn’t think the design would sell well, but have now expanded the design on to wrapping paper, coasters and tea towels.
What piece are you the proudest of?
My custard cream keyring - it was the first product that I made which helped elevate my business and is still and extremely popular product.
Do you have any past accomplishments you wish to share?
I took part in the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail and was sponsored by McGhee’s Bakery
Do you have any new Christmas products you are launching this year?
Yes, I’ll have some new baubles, wrapping paper and Christmas cards.
What would you consider to be the most challenging aspect about being a working artist/designer?
It can be rather lonely at times working on projects, but I’m greatful to have a supportive partner and cat to keep me company.
How did you find out about SDX? And what made you apply to sell with us?
I saw the call for applications prior to the Glasgow SDX store opening and thought it would be a great idea to get involved.
What have you found to be the most challenging aspect to your business since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020?
How much I relied on shops. I’m not a very technical person but I’m currently working more on my online presence and sharing my journey on social media.
What do you hope to gain from working with SDX going forward?
Reaching new audiences, growing my business and networking with more creatives.
If you could share just one piece of advice to aspiring artists/designers who want to make a living from their creative talents, what would you tell them?
You can do it, talk to people, network, keep learning new skills and keep pushing yourself. You may be surprised at what you can do.
And finally, help share some motivation with your favourite inspirational advise or quote!
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take
Thank you to Jade Taylor for participating in our blog, you can find her products in both our Edinburgh and Glasgow shops as well as online!