Oliver’s products to hit shops for Christmas

Young designer Oliver Spivey
Young designer Oliver Spivey

A Tealby teenager has seen the fruits of his work experience week come to life.

Year 10 De Aston student Oliver Spivey spent a week last October at Shoeless Joe, a wholesale gift company based in Lincoln.

While he was there he 
was asked to design 
some tin figures for Christmas 2014.

“I thought it would be 
cool and unusual to 
design a skate-boarding 
Santa, as well as a Santa 
with a jet pack,” said 

Staff at Shoeless Joe were so impressed with his 
designs, they arranged 
for samples to be 
manufactured in time for 
the International Spring 

And last week, the 15-year-old, who was 14 at the time of the work experience week, travelled to the NEC at Birmingham to see his products go on sale.

Orders for the unusual Santas have flocked in and the figures will be fairtrade manufactured in the Philippines over the next few months.

And there will be at least 
one local stockist of Oliver’s designs.

“I am so proud of 
his achievements and will 
be stocking the items in 
my own gift shop,” said 
his mum Lisa, owner of Attica Design in Tealby.

Spurred on by his 
early success, Joe has 
now confirmed his desire 
to pursue a design-based career.