We're Taking A One Year Sabbatical

We're Taking A One Year Sabbatical

Dear Customer & Community Members

I am writing today to let you know that after much consideration we have decided to take a year long sabbatical from our physical shop in Exeter. In Thursday's blog post you will find an outline why we have decided to do so and what you can expect from the year ahead (our website will remain operational).


However the most important thing I’d like to convey is our deep gratitude for your support of our business and journey up until now. Thanks to all our amazing customers, Sancho's has been able to provide sustainable fashion to its community for more than 5 years at 117 Fore Street! I am so deeply grateful to you and will be for all of my life for the enthusiastic way in which you have gotten behind the business. 

What's Next

And I’m pleased to say although we are taking a break this is definitely not the end of Sancho's journey into slow and sustainable living.  Our mission to make sustainable living choices easier is unchanged and will continue over the coming decade not least with our AI powered resale platform in OWNI but also in the future of Sancho’s. In fact there are many projects we wish to bring into fruition with key partnerships built this year. A resting period will allow us to do just that.  think open learning, a wellness center, modular clothing , solar panel subscriptions & more . 

But for now it's time for us (Kalkidan and Vidmantas), the owners of Sancho's, to take a break. After working so hard for so long, we're going on a one-year sabbatical to rest, develop our sustainable resale platform OWNI, to travel and to learn how to be even better advocates for the planet. 

Sabbatical Sale

To celebrate making this decision to prioritise our rest and to sell our current stock we’re having a Sabbatical Sale and a month's worth of events in our 117 store! As our way of saying thank you for being part of Sancho's community, you can enjoy unbeatable discounts on sustainable fashion all month long. 

We hope you can join us one last time in-store or online in the sale! And then we hope you stay with us throughout the year as our journey develops online. 

Thank you so much for being part of this sustainable living community.  We look forward to seeing you at Sancho's and welcoming you back next year.  

Until then, take care, keep safe, and enjoy the Sabbatical Sale! 

Our timeline for the month is below! 

Happy shopping!


Sancho’s Sabbatical Sale Timeline Of Events 



28th of Feb

Sabbatical Sale Begins! Check out www.sanchosshop.com

2nd of March 

The OWNI Exeter Pop-up Announcement

4th of March 

Black Pound Day 2023 ! Join Our Newsletter For Great Discounts!

6th of March 

Oxford Student Union Climate Optimism Talk in Oxford 

8th of March 

Lowie Store OWNI Pop Up In London 

10th of March 

Pay With What You Can Day! 

On this day Kalkidan will be in the store accepting bartering in exchange for payment for our products. Here are some bartering examples but we look forward to seeing what you guys come up with! :  old clothes to swap for new, focaccia bread, or advertise our sister business OWNI on your social media in exchange for sustainable fashion at Sancho’s! 

Friday 31st March 

Our Closing Day!

The 117 Shop Will Now Be Closed 

Thursday April 6th

Saturday April 8th 

Shop furnishings & Equipment Sale

Come find great wooden work benches, clothes hangers, storage shelves & more in our shop furnishings sale.

April 24th 

Sancho’s Sustainable Fashion Directory - Live Online

We’ll launch 500+ brands in our sustainable fashion directory on our website for you to find sustainable fashion for the rest of 2023.