Meet Russell Henny Peek, Owner of Offcut Studio
Q: Can you tell us a little about your business?
A: Offcut Studio designs contemporary sustainable home goods that are made from reclaimed, recycled and organic fabrics. We work with recycling partners in the fashion and costume industries to prevent textile offcuts and scraps going to the landfill or incinerator. We have a zero-waste concept behind every Offcut Studio product and empower consumers to buy recycled and contribute to climate action.
Q: What makes Offcut Studio special?
A: I started Offcut Studio because I couldn’t find any way to recycle the textiles offcuts I was producing from the garments I was making for the film and advertising industries. I hated the thought that textiles were going to landfill, but then I found out they actually end up in the waste incinerator. What makes Offcut Studio’s products unique is the quality of the materials we use, our “environment first” approach to manufacturing and zero waste nature to our products and packaging. We care about the eco-friendly qualities of each item, as much as the design and never compromise on either.
Q: What are you most looking forward to with the inaugural programme?
A: I’m really excited to be involved with the Somerset Catalyst program and have great anticipation for critiques that will reveal opportunities to improve. Coming from the creative industries, I am really excited about the opportunity to learn directly from experts with very different experiences to my own and knowledge of making young businesses succeed. Having concentrated on producing sustainable home goods and the business image, I’m keen to focus on the next stage and feel that new perspectives on what I’m doing will lead to invaluable feedback and guidance.
Q: What are your business goals for the next 6-12 months?
A: The goals for the next 6-12 months will be to increase brand awareness and sales to the point where the business can sustain another member of staff to share the journey with.
Q: Why do you think Somerset is such a great place for businesses?
A: Offcut Studio has just moved from North London to Somerset for the ability to cycle commute through woods rather than the concrete jungle. I feel the people in Somerset prioritise wellbeing rather than rat race and seem to appreciate great designs that complement the nature they are surrounded by. I love finding out what the local community cares about and what’s going on in my area. Since moving to Somerset I have become regular reader of the Frome Times newspaper, which is where I discovered the Somerset Catalyst programme.