Updated: Apr 9, 2021
Philip Lawrence-Jones who is the inspired owner and founder of Kringles has and will always have a deep rooted connection to his home town of Manchester, England. He has spent most of his life in this vibrant and colourful city, with an extravagant history and one of the friendliest places to visit, he is proud to call it home.
With his passion for interior design and thirst for Seasonal Décor, Philip has searched far and wide including North America to bring unique designs to the expanding UK market. He also founded the company with some basic principles - To promote local Artisan businesses and support local charities, The George House Trust is Kringles chosen charity that provides services for people living with or affected by HIV.
In support for this charity Kringles are donating a 10% of the sale price per item sold from the All about the Buzz and Pride Ranges to George House Trust. Inclusive is a specially crafted HIV awareness ribbon that is only available at Kringles.
It’s no secret our lives have been thoroughly disrupted by Covid-19. Not one part of it has been left untouched. We wear masks, hoard toilet paper and line up to get a vaccine. A similarity faced with the HIV & Aids epidemic of the 1980`s to some extent, although to date there is no vaccine to prevent or cure this illness even after over 40 years !! The way we live, move and work has changed. But, when any challenging circumstance arises, also arises beauty too. We see neighbours connecting and helping each other like they never had. We watch kids spending time at home with siblings and parents, becoming more grounded and centred after surviving crazed schedules from pre-Covid times. And, for those who had a daily commute, the only traffic you face is a few toys on the floor on the way to the coffee pot. Much has changed, but it hasn’t all been bad.
To add to the silver lining, Kringles has always believed the Christmas spirit should be alive year round, and we think that since you’re at home, we have some ideas on how to incorporate the Christmas spirit into your home and home office in ways that don’t require red and green. Red and green was so December. Obviously for us, Christmas spirit dwells in the beauty of a well-placed or well-gifted ornament, so our ideas all include decorating with Christmas ornaments.
We take great pride in our Christmas ornaments at Kringles. We put our heart and soul into the design process and procurement, because we believe that each ornament is special and each connects with our customers for significant reasons. We believe that Christmas trees around the world benefit from the thoughtful designs and dazzling selection of our Christmas ornaments.
With the faux trees packed up and hidden away securely (that is unless you want to keep it up all year) there are many ways to enhance your home and display some chosen quality pieces. Take a plain branch tree for example there are many wire or bare-branch trees that could display ornaments pertaining to the season any time. This simple tree would look great on a sideboard in a dining room or on your home-office desk. It could hold sparkling ornaments from all the major post-Christmas holidays such as valentines or Easter for example to create a colourful display to a darkened corner or maybe place an item in a plain glass bowl with some décor - the possibilities are endless.
Kringles has worked with a local Artisan glass artist and has created a unique stained glass HIV & AIDS Awareness Ribbon. This Hand crafted Glass Ribbon in Red Glass is crafted using the finest Red coloured Glass, This ribbon is a symbol of solidarity for people living with HIV and AIDS it has been specially crafted for Kringles. A percentage of each sale made will be paid to the George House Trust to support those living with or affected by HIV.
This stunning creation can be found along with other bespoke decorations promoting LGBTQ+ at the Kringles `Pride Collection`
In addition to the fabulous Pride collection Kringles is also able to offer a Manchester Bee line of ornaments which is a heartfelt reminder of the devastation felt after the tragic events of the 2017 arena bombing. Philip hopes the Manchester Bee collection will help in drawing people together, while celebrating our solidarity. He has aptly called the line ‘All About the Buzz’.
“Kringles are donating 10% of the sale price per item sold from the "All about the Buzz" and "Pride" ranges to George House Trust, a charity that provides services for people living with or affected by HIV.”
The Christmas spirit is alive and well, all year round, Covid-19 or not. We just have to look for it, create it and decorate. Don’t underestimate the power of an Kringles Christmas ornament thoughtfully given in the “off season".