You don’t need me to tell you what unprecedented times we currently live in (or to wash your hands and stay inside). Everyone receiving this newsletter will be sadly well aware of these facts. The Fears team have been working from home the past few weeks and last Friday I closed our showroom and my office in Canterbury. It’s sadly no longer business as usual.
At this moment in time, small businesses around the world are struggling. Really struggling. Governments are announcing huge economic relief packages every day, which sadly a lot of small businesses will not be eligible for or won’t be delivered in time to protect them.
Everyone who works for Fears is still employed and is being paid.
Over the past week I’ve spoken on the phone to all our family-run suppliers across Europe. These calls have been to check everyone is safe and well and to console them as they face uncertain times. We have paid our bills early in order to help ensure that their highly skilled workers continue to be paid.
So why is now not the time to buy a Fears?
Though we are, for the moment, still able to dispatch online orders (there are bound to be birthdays and special occasions to mark) I ask you to consider first what local small businesses you can help support instead. Be it a local restaurant which has kept its doors open by serving takeaway, or a personal trainer now doing online-only training sessions (like my cousin, Jenni).
I’m suggesting this because all of these industries and businesses are connected and depend on one another. If we take care of the whole system, then Fears will still be able to operate and continue to hand-build and sell elegant watches once the world does eventually get back to normal.
The Fears team are busy working on a brand-new website with lots of beautiful new photography and extracts from the Archive (due to go live next month). Though our new watch launches are postponed for the time being, we’re still working on new products and a new printed brochure.
The Fears Instagram will continue to be an escape for when you need it. Several times a week we’ll be showcasing the beautiful watches we make, highlighting the skills of the craftspeople who make and build these special objects.
If you have any questions, comments or would just like a chat please send me a message though my personal Instagram here or by email.
Take care of each other. Help where you can.
I hope you and your family stay safe.
What a brilliant owner Nicholas is.