Flashback: in Maths class in middle school, my teacher had this rule. 'If someone answers/asks a question in my class, no one else will ever laugh' (or basically they would be sent out). This cultivated a really good environment for learning and discussion. Shame these lessons don't count in grown up life.
There came a point in the session when the presenter asked if anyone had a trading name they were using. Some guy said '???? Swimming Academy', the presenter liked this.
I reluctantly put up my had. 'KitschenSink'.
'It's spelt like K-I-T-S-C-H...en Sink?'
'You make jewellery for God's sake' (Looks around the room, laughing)
Some guy (I'm thinking a creative type, he was a graphic designer) says 'Oh yeah, kitsch, I get it. It's quirky'.
'Yeah but jewellery...' still laughing and looking in flabbergastment to all around.
Then this woman goes 'Yeah I like the kitsch-en. But I think the Sink spoils it'. Yeah? I liked you face until I saw your teeth.
I was MORTIFIED. It doesn't end there.
At break time I sat with some other women who were pleasant, but like 'Oh are you the one who makes jewellery'. Which, obviously followed with 'yeah the one with the really shit name'. Me? An attitude problem? They were nice, but then like 'so why do you call it that', because it's KITSCH, and I used all different found objects. One girl says 'Why don't you just call it Kitsch then?'. Yeah? Why don;t you just call you cafe 'Cafe'?
So I put in my personal facebook status "what do you reckon to my business name KitschenSink Jewellery and Accessories? Only answer of you know what Kitsch means... Does it work?"
"I hope your not thinking of changing it!! I think its perfect!"
"It lets people know you do sentimental work of your child hood! I like it!"
"KitschenSink is a good name - it fits, and the name itself is a little kitsch. I vote stick with it !"
"works like a dream"
"Its a good name - stick with it"
"I never noticed the kitsch i thought it was kitchen sink im dyslexic I must be so I am. Its a good name, I so it is."
"its good man"
So then, on Twitter:
"I like!!! "
"Cool as fuck."
"I've always liked your name and I think it suits your stuff"
Now let me say:
River Island - not seen any Rivers and/or Islands any time I ever went in there.
Sainsburys, Morrisons, Halfords, Woolworths, Marks & Spencer. You sell whaaaaaat?
A friend was like 'Topshop?', to which I responded 'I know they have always been half way down Darley St'
Egg? Oh, you do loans not breakfasts?
And like my clever cousin responded :
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, 'business expert'.
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