So you probably already know that I love Ottobre Design Magazine. I mean, not only do they provide excellent design and drafting, very helpful production instructions and totally adorable photo shoots, but they are also (as far as I can tell) Just Plain Nice People. As an example: I had occasion to write to them a few months ago regarding a suggestion for their blog and got a very personable response from Tuula the next day. Seriously, the very next day. Just. Plain. Nice. This totally appeals to my Minnesota Niceness.
Now I know I’m hardly the first person to say exactly these things about the good people at Ottobre and I certainly doubt I’ll be the last. But I thought I’d also let you know of a lovely thing that happened just now whilst I was madly avoiding work by shopping--- er… I mean idly perusing the interwebs in my spare moments:
I just started a subscription to Ottobre Woman (I’ve been getting the kids’ magazine for about 4 years) because I dropped BWOF/BS and thought the OW designs seemed more practical (in that I might actually make and wear them). As the start of my subscription I got the latest issue, 2-2011, which is nice but has an uncomfortably large (from my perspective) number of sleeveless garments in it. Thus, I’m in the middle of working out how to add sleeves to a sleeves garment.
“But I want to make some sleeved shirts nooooooow”, whined the voice in my head. Fine. Whiney-crabbypants in my head is irritating, so I decided to go through the back issues and see what I could see. What I saw was issue 5-2010 and I liked what I saw. Into the shopping cart it went. I figured at €7.80 it was a bargain…. if you compare it to my $88/year BS subscription, from which I made one garment last year. For a child.
But here’s the good part: when I clicked on “Place Order”? I spy with my little eye a checkbox offering me free shipping on back-issues. Simply because I already have an existing subscription. Seriously? Free shipping? Even international? AMAZING!
Fine. It’s not that exciting. But I just think it’s one of those little things that makes their customer service oh-so very nice. And I’m passing the info on to you. Buy some back-issues. Make some pretty clothes. Live it up! Free shipping, people.
I love those crazy Finns.