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Being on a retro theme (and I know this isnt Sheffield) - but have you ever thought of doing anything around the Peoples Republic of South Yorkshire theme?

 

Maybe South Yorkshire silhouette in red, with a hammer and sickle?

 

Or even the Old South Yorkshire County Council logo?

 

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2 minutes ago, @owlstalk said:



PINNING THIS - You deserve the support on this one just for the quality of the stuff alone

I love my t-shirts that I got! (got the Cairo Jax and the Legends bar ones!)

 

THANK YOU!  🙌

 

It was actually a bit hard to write as I don't like to sound too needy or spammy, but I was told recently I'm not putting myself out there enough with this stuff so thought I'd give it a go among friends here as a start. 

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2 minutes ago, Grandad said:

Being on a retro theme (and I know this isnt Sheffield) - but have you ever thought of doing anything around the Peoples Republic of South Yorkshire theme?

 

Maybe South Yorkshire silhouette in red, with a hammer and sickle?

 

Or even the Old South Yorkshire County Council logo?

 

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Great ideas! I do have some similar designs in mind for the near future. At the moment it is just a case of finding enough time in the day to do everything! 😂

 

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2 minutes ago, DeeJayOne said:

 

THANK YOU!  🙌

 

It was actually a bit hard to write as I don't like to sound too needy or spammy, but I was told recently I'm not putting myself out there enough with this stuff so thought I'd give it a go among friends here as a start. 

 

 

You should never feel bad about putting what you do out there mate - small local independent businesses creating art and items for the local community is a fab thing to be doing. You should be real proud of your designs - they're top notch

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Just now, @owlstalk said:

 

 

You should never feel bad about putting what you do out there mate* - small local independent businesses creating art and items for the local community is a fab thing to be doing. You should be real proud of your designs - they're top notch

 

*unless you're hawking second hand cars

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3 minutes ago, Grandad said:

Who did the artwork James?

I'm loving these;

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All done by my own fair hand! 🙂

 

Everything on the site is my own design and drawn/created by me (barring the Legendary Pubs & Clubs collection, which I had to reproduce or re-envisage some of the designs). 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, DeeJayOne said:

 

All done by my own fair hand! 🙂

 

Everything on the site is my own design and drawn/created by me (barring the Legendary Pubs & Clubs collection, which I had to reproduce or re-envisage some of the designs). 

 

 

WOW

 

I didn't know you had it in you! 🙂

Just showing the Mrs...  

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Here's how The Sheffield Guide appeared in The Little Book of Sheffield:

 

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The text reads:

 

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A longstanding advocate of the city’s history and culture, James Hargreaves is founder of The Sheffield Guide — an online platform dedicated to Steel City news, video content and merchandise.

A born-and-bred Sheffielder, James has worked as a marketing consultant for over 15 years, collaborating with many local businesses, brands and events across South Yorkshire.

Initially a hobby, The Sheffield Guide began as a way to showcase video content promoting everything the city has to offer. Local interest videos detailing the history of Kelham Island, highlighting hidden gems and exploring the city’s underground rivers were uploaded to a YouTube channel and Facebook page, accumulating in hundreds of thousands of views.

When the pandemic hit, James’ work began to dry up and The Sheffield Guide became a new creative outlet, allowing him to put his experience in online marketing and a long-time love of illustration to good use. Having to shield from the virus, James was forced to put a hold on the videos and focus on fresh online content, eventually working on a series of sketches and designs promoting Sheffield culture in the shape of iconic buildings from past and present, much-loved local brands, and nods to musical heritage.

“Being a freelancer when the pandemic hit meant I fell through the cracks of government support, so I had to get creative” says James. “Lockdown gave me the opportunity to focus on my drawing again and I gravitated to what I know best – Sheffield’s history, legacy and culture. I began with just eight designs, and I’ve been expanding the collection ever since.”

There’s now a vast range of products available to purchase on The Sheffield Guide website. You’ll find prints, mugs, t-shirts, hoodies, towels, cushions, facemasks and more – all embodied with a distinct Steel City flavour and made with a strong ethos geared towards sustainability, right down to the plastic-free packaging.

Products such as the Jarvis Cocker ‘Pulp Fiction’ print have been sent around the globe, while homages to Tinsley Towers and the Henderson’s Relish factory have naturally been a great success closer to home. James is keen get back out and work on new video content when safe to do so, but in the meantime there’s plenty more designs to come, and with new requests and ideas coming almost every week, he’s certainly got his work cut out.

“There’s an endless amount of stuff to create! I need to keep making sure I’ve got time to keep the blog side of The Sheffield Guide running too, but I’m going to keep adding to the product list and don’t be surprised to see a few exciting collaborations coming soon!”

Visit The Sheffield Guide at: www.sheffieldguide.blog

 

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1 hour ago, DeeJayOne said:

Those of you that know me will know that last year was tough as lockdown hit and my usual work dried up. So I essentially needed to change my business to try and survive. 😮

 

After a few tough months I decided to do something that I could be passionate about and throw myself into, so I have taken my hobby stuff based around Sheffield and have tried to form it into a business. Many of you might have seen my Sheffield Guide videos in the past... but lockdown meant I had to shield and couldn't get out to film stuff so I decided to create an online platform called The Sheffield Guide for Sheffield-type stuff that I could add various content to as-and-when. To help fund it and hopefully make some money to pay some bills I also added a Sheffield Shop, to sell high-quality stuff I create that celebrates Sheffield, it's culture and history. It was also an outlet for some of my art (which was a big thing as I'd never really shown that off anywhere).

 

👉 You can check it all out at https://www.sheffieldguide.blog/shop/ 

 

So, I wanted to just showcase some of my stuff to you in the hopes you see something you like, or something that would make a great gift for someone you know. The Sheffield Guide is quickly getting known as one of the best go-to places for great Sheffield Gifts and for high-quality original locally-themed stuff.

 

First off, here is a small selection of some of my Sheffield Art and prints:

 

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👉 See the full collection here: https://www.sheffieldguide.blog/product-category/art/

 

Most of the art is available as both standalone prints or framed prints and available in A4, A3 and A2 sizing. These aren't your home inkjet prints either; they are incredible quality prints (to museum standard).

 

I also do a range of high-quality Sheffield Clothing, many of which features my art or other locally-themed designs on T-Shirts, Hoodies, Sweatshirts and more:

 

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👉 See the full collection here: https://www.sheffieldguide.blog/product-category/clothing/

 

Early on I decided to try and do things the right way from the start. Everything is as high-quality as possible, and where possible I source all my products and services from within the Sheffield City Region to keep things in the local economy. I also decided it all has to be sustainable, ethical and organic (i.e. all my T-Shirts are vegan-friendly 100% organic cotton and PETA/GOTS certified, etc). All items are also made-to-order, so there's no wastage from holding large amounts of stock (a huge problem in the "fast fashion" industry).

 

Also, I have a large range of Sheffield-themed accessories, from Face Masks through to Mugs and Bags and Hats and more!

 

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👉 See the range of accessories here: https://www.sheffieldguide.blog/product-category/accessories/

 

One of the most popular collections have been the Legendary Sheffield Pubs & Clubs collection, which features many of your favourite gone-but-not-forgotten venues (again most are available as T-Shirts, Hoodies, Mugs and more) — a great hit of nostalgia and always a talking point when worn!

 

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👉 See the full Legendary Pubs and Clubs Collection here: https://www.sheffieldguide.blog/product-category/sheffield-pubs-clubs/

 

And I've even had a hand in creating a new Sheffield-based and themed Fashion Brand — utilising the same local focus, morals, quality and ethics — called [SHF]:

 

 👉 See the initial [SHF] Collection here: https://www.sheffieldguide.blog/product-category/shf-sheffield-fashion-accessories-brand/

 

 

Things have gone amazingly so far — the site and collection had a lot of attention over Christmas and even got featured in a book (The Little Book of Sheffield) which focussed on all the brilliant Sheffield Independents! A number of local celebrities, including members of at least three of the very top Sheffield bands have bought some items from me, and reviews have all been great (I have a policy of total satisfaction and give people the kind of service they deserve and should get from every company but sadly don't).

 

"I have just received my ‘Mardy Bum’ T.shirt but also have the ‘Limit’ one too, brilliant T.Shirts, fantastic quality and service second to none, highly recommend 10/10." - Vicky

 

"I ordered a personalised Tee-shirt which arrived as described and on time. The size of the shirt is generous. Feels really good to support local independent businesses." - Andy

 

"Ordered a short sleeve t shirt for my husband which has just arrived. It’s true to size and great quality. Will be ordering more items - thank you!" - Sue

 

(You can see more reviews at Facebook, Trustpilot, on the product pages on the website and all the other usual places)

 

 

Of course Christmas was brilliant, but things have slowed down a lot in recent weeks so I thought I would shout about it a little more here for those who didn't know in the hope of a little support in terms of perhaps you seeing something you'd like to buy or even just helping to spread the word for more people to find out about these amazing Sheffield-themed items to celebrate our culture and heritage. Essentially I'm trying to make this my full-time job and a viable small business so I really appreciate any help. 🙌

 

👉 More designs and items are being added all the time too! Take a look at the Sheffield Shop here:

 

https://www.sheffieldguide.blog/shop/ 

 

Payment is secure, you can pay via PayPal if you wish and there's free standard delivery on qualifying orders over £45!

 

 

I'm also in the process of setting up a curated set of products on Etsy as a lot of people requested that, so if you prefer to shop there, the link is: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SheffieldGuide (be aware though that Etsy's fees are high, so some items are a little more expensive on there! 😮)

 

 

Sorry for the long post! Thanks in advance for any support you can give. I truly appreciate every purchase, mention or just good vibes. 🙌

 

Absolutely class, fantastic site, I’m spoiled for choice but will be making a fair few purchases in the near future .

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6 minutes ago, The Hoppy Hopper said:

I enjoy the site. The  Megatron video especially. I’ve a Sheffield coordinates hoodie which I’m really pleased with.

 

Thank you! 🙌

 

1 minute ago, owler66 said:

Made in Sheffield those 3 words we should be proud of, A sign of quality better than any city or town in the country 

 

Absolutely! Totally agree. 👍

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