Each week we bring you a short interview with our featured seller, this week is the turn of Tom from Merry Band Beard Oil and Porth Mokum Co.

T-shirt available from Fabrication in Leeds

Business name: Merry Band Beard Oil & Porth Mokum Co. 

Makers name: Tom Rowlinson

Describe your style in no more than 3 words: I DON’T KNOW

Beard oil sets by Merry Band

What do you sell in Fabrication? Beard Oil, Art Prints, T-shirts & Various Accessories 

How long have you had your own business and what made you start it? Since 2014. I kinda started slowy and grew into it.

Porth Mokum t-shirt

What is your workshop / studio like? Far too small?

What are your beverage and snack of choice when working? Tea & Coffee. Don’t snack much. I prefer to stop for lunch or dinner but if I need to keep going I might get a handful of nuts, an apple a slice of toast or a crumpet.

What do you find the biggest challenge of running a micro-business? Doing everything myself & making decisions.

Beard oil by Merry Band at Fabrication

If you could go back in time, what would you tell a younger you? Do things in bitesized chunks. Don’t worry what people think. Step back & observe often. Have patience. Don’t be too much of a perfectionist.

What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out? Don’t try to run before you can walk.

Pin badge by Porth Mokum Co.

Why did you join Fabrication, and how long ago? I joined in 2014 as I was looking for outlets.

If you could buy any 3 things from the shop, what would they be? The tall £50 houses by Drifting DownTime, a full dinner set by Margaret Glackin and maybe a dinner table with benches also by Margaret. 

Clothing by Porth Mokum Co.