*NEW* Feature Friday - Tofu Cute 31st of May


New Feature Friday!
Featuring Tofu Cute

Happy Friday darlings! Hope you've all had an okay week, not to worry it's now the weekend! And to kick off the weekend here on UniqueLoveStyle I'm bringing to you some more kawaii cuteness! Featuring today is Tofu Cute, an online store specialising in kawaii gifts, accessories, stationery, and tasty Japanese snacks. They're based in the UK, but offer delivery all around the world; and are constantly on the lookout for delightful new items to offer to their customers!



Much of the stock can't be bought elsewhere in the UK or Europe as they source it directly from East Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan & Hong Kong. Often they will stock limited quantities of an item, so if you see something you really like, it’s best to get it quickly!

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Interview with Rosanna Mackney Creative Director and Buyer at Tofu Cute

1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?
Japan's obsession with cuteness, and the amazing creativity in product design and graphic design that have sprung from that, have really been a big inspiration. It's great to be a part of helping to spread cute culture over to the UK and Europe! 


2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I really enjoy going to events with Tofu Cute - we attend a lot of festivals and expos where we set up stalls and run panels, and it's such a lot of fun getting all dressed up and meeting people with common interests. Also as I'm the main buyer, this means a lot of product research, which involves going to Asia every year to source all the latest cute items - basically a huge shopping trip! \(^o^)/

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?
Being featured in a book all about cute culture ("Hello, Cutie") which was published last year was a proud achievement. It's rewarding to see something I've designed on the computer be printed/made in real life, for example banners and products. Also if a product I've selected to be sold at Tofu Cute proves to be super popular, that's a good feeling too, as it means I have a good handle on what people find cute!

4) Where do you see yourself in the future?
I've never really fancied a conventional career and I love the control and flexibility that I have in this job, so I can't imagine doing anything else! TofuCute.com has a new "sister site" which is currently under development and due to launch next month - it's called DreamyBows.com, and it specialises in cute Japanese street fashion. I hope to be involved in that a lot in the future, as I love the Hime Gyaru and Sweet Lolita styles!

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?
If there is a particular subject or sector you're interested in, no matter how obscure, keep persevering! Jobs are in short supply and high demand at the moment, but if you pursue something you're truly passionate about, that enthusiasm will shine through to potential employers. We spend a lot of our lives at work, so to be doing something you love will make you a lot happier, even if you have to do rubbish part time jobs in order to get where you want to be. Also, don't be afraid to take reasonable, educated risks to start your own business if that's your passion - you can even go into the venture with friends, to spread the risk!

6) Which would you say is your favourite item off your website at the moment?
It's quite hard to choose! >_< I love the Pastel Alpaca Cases because alpacas are just the cutest animals. Then there's the Endless Edamame Popping Soybeans, one of our classic products - but I'm a bit biased because I designed the faces on the little beans for those! In the Snacks category, I love Panda Pocky because it's delicious cookies and cream flavour and the packaging is really cute. But the Popin' Cookin' DIY Candy kits are just the zaniest things I've seen, they're amazing!


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I'm pleased to let you know that any orders over £20 receive free postage! So go on over to see what cute and unique products you can buy!
Thank you so much for your involvement Tofu Cute, was such a pleasure to feature you and hear more about your own thoughts on the business.

I'm always a Tofu Cute fan for sure!

Check out their links -

   

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3 comments:

  1. Hi Ellie,
    Love your blog, thank you for sending me your link on twitter!! I'm now following you, can't wait to take part in your 400 follower giveaway!
    Would love it if you could follow me back,

    Emily xxx
    beleza-byems.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Some really cute stuff there! :)

    Kelly xx

    http://thebellelavieproject.blogspot.co.uk/

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Friday, 31 May 2013

*NEW* Feature Friday - Tofu Cute 31st of May


New Feature Friday!
Featuring Tofu Cute

Happy Friday darlings! Hope you've all had an okay week, not to worry it's now the weekend! And to kick off the weekend here on UniqueLoveStyle I'm bringing to you some more kawaii cuteness! Featuring today is Tofu Cute, an online store specialising in kawaii gifts, accessories, stationery, and tasty Japanese snacks. They're based in the UK, but offer delivery all around the world; and are constantly on the lookout for delightful new items to offer to their customers!



Much of the stock can't be bought elsewhere in the UK or Europe as they source it directly from East Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan & Hong Kong. Often they will stock limited quantities of an item, so if you see something you really like, it’s best to get it quickly!

-------------------------------------------------------

Interview with Rosanna Mackney Creative Director and Buyer at Tofu Cute

1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?
Japan's obsession with cuteness, and the amazing creativity in product design and graphic design that have sprung from that, have really been a big inspiration. It's great to be a part of helping to spread cute culture over to the UK and Europe! 


2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I really enjoy going to events with Tofu Cute - we attend a lot of festivals and expos where we set up stalls and run panels, and it's such a lot of fun getting all dressed up and meeting people with common interests. Also as I'm the main buyer, this means a lot of product research, which involves going to Asia every year to source all the latest cute items - basically a huge shopping trip! \(^o^)/

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?
Being featured in a book all about cute culture ("Hello, Cutie") which was published last year was a proud achievement. It's rewarding to see something I've designed on the computer be printed/made in real life, for example banners and products. Also if a product I've selected to be sold at Tofu Cute proves to be super popular, that's a good feeling too, as it means I have a good handle on what people find cute!

4) Where do you see yourself in the future?
I've never really fancied a conventional career and I love the control and flexibility that I have in this job, so I can't imagine doing anything else! TofuCute.com has a new "sister site" which is currently under development and due to launch next month - it's called DreamyBows.com, and it specialises in cute Japanese street fashion. I hope to be involved in that a lot in the future, as I love the Hime Gyaru and Sweet Lolita styles!

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?
If there is a particular subject or sector you're interested in, no matter how obscure, keep persevering! Jobs are in short supply and high demand at the moment, but if you pursue something you're truly passionate about, that enthusiasm will shine through to potential employers. We spend a lot of our lives at work, so to be doing something you love will make you a lot happier, even if you have to do rubbish part time jobs in order to get where you want to be. Also, don't be afraid to take reasonable, educated risks to start your own business if that's your passion - you can even go into the venture with friends, to spread the risk!

6) Which would you say is your favourite item off your website at the moment?
It's quite hard to choose! >_< I love the Pastel Alpaca Cases because alpacas are just the cutest animals. Then there's the Endless Edamame Popping Soybeans, one of our classic products - but I'm a bit biased because I designed the faces on the little beans for those! In the Snacks category, I love Panda Pocky because it's delicious cookies and cream flavour and the packaging is really cute. But the Popin' Cookin' DIY Candy kits are just the zaniest things I've seen, they're amazing!


-------------------------------------------------------





-------------------------------------------------------
I'm pleased to let you know that any orders over £20 receive free postage! So go on over to see what cute and unique products you can buy!
Thank you so much for your involvement Tofu Cute, was such a pleasure to feature you and hear more about your own thoughts on the business.

I'm always a Tofu Cute fan for sure!

Check out their links -

   
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