A cookie is a piece of data stored on your computer that ‘remembers’ what you’re doing and influences the function of a website accordingly. We use cookies. We don’t mean this to be intrusive, and we never could or would use cookies to identify you as an individual – but without them, the website would think you were a new visitor each time you clicked into another section, and could cease to function usefully. You can disable cookies via your browser settings, but this would disable many of our website’s functions for you. You can clear cached cookies via your browser settings when you’ve finished.

Below is a summary functions for which cookies are used.

We use Google Analytics to track where website visitors are coming from; which pages they view when they get here; and for viewing ecommerce behaviours like when people add items to the basket and if they abandon the basket without checking out. We choose to monitor analytics activity to ensure we’re providing the right content and structuring it in the right way for our users (and for us as a business). We don’t see that there’s a moral difference between using analytics and simply talking to our customers as we do in the shop.

Social Media
You will notice buttons on the site linking to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Cookies are strongly implied.

List Management
If you sign up to our mailing list, provided by Mailchimp, cookies are used to add you to the list or prevent duplicate sign-ups. Some of our Mailchimp campaigns use added tracking capabilities to test the success or otherwise of various marketing offers, such as by telling us how many times a special offer code is used.

A further Google cookie is supplied by use of an embedded Google map on the Contact page; also by Typeform to manage file uploading.

This is the big one. Without cookies we can’t show you your recently viewed items; or add things to the basket; or present you with the right basket at checkout; or check you out at all. You see now that the EU’s insistence on website owners posting rambling mea culpas about cookies doesn’t help anyone, either by design or in effect. Giving you the simulacrum of choice about cookies is just that – it’s really a choice about whether or not to use this website (indeed the vast majority of websites), because we can’t offer a cookie-free alternative.

Content Management
Only slightly less vital to this website’s performance than ecommerce cookies are the content ones. They control visibility of certain content elements according to user status and activity, like order histories and store credit balances for account holders.