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Gather + See: My Favourite Conscious Shopping Destination

Meet Gather&See, a curated marketplace of sustainable style offering superb collections from the very best in conscious fashion from around the world. Showcasing designers that pride themselves on aesthetics and ethics in equal measures, Gather&See operate according to six amazing founding principles: Fair trade, Organic, Recycled, Eco-friendly, Handmade and Small Scale Production. I love their ethos, great taste and carefully selected brands so set out to find out more about the story behind the growing retailer’s mission. Founded by Stephanie Hogg and Alicia Taylor, Gather&See was born from a foray into the world of artisanal craft, garment production, and travelling the…

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Why You Should Visit Bristol’s Best Stationery Shop Papersmiths

Papersmiths is a book and stationery shop nestled happily in the heart of Bristol’s Clifton Village. The store sells carefully curated items from cutting edge designers and illustrators from all over the world. Though it was the outstanding book selection, which primarily focuses on design and lifestyle, which originally drew me to this independent emporium, it’s the space itself that attracts shoppers from far and wide. With vast windows that allow sunlight to soak into oak clad walls and bounce off ceramic tiled surfaces, walls of magazines and green plants shelter beneath a distinctive larch wood ceiling. The shop now known as Papersmiths was created…

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INTERVIEW: Weaver + Designer Lucy Davidson of Peas and Needles

Lucy Davidson is a blogger, designer, small business owner and weaver from Brighton. Influenced by her home town, its eclectic charity shops, the relationship between handmade and digital and her fiancee, also a creative, Lucy creates gorgeously tactile pieces for hanging and displaying that bridge the gap between art and craft. By merging a traditional discipline with trending contemporary aesthetics and modern design sense, Lucy strikes a wonderful balance that appeals to many other creatives. People come to her for one-of-a-kind, sustainably-made pieces with which to decorate their homes, and to learn the skills she has mastered in intimate workshops…

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How Trouva’s Making it Easy to Shop Independent this Christmas

If, like me, you’re in favour of supporting independent businesses, shopping local and small where possible, then great. But if, also like me, you sometimes shudder at the thought of dragging yourself to the shops, squeezing as much gift collection as possible into limited time slots to avoid hordes of other shoppers as festive preparations ramp up, I might just have the solution for you. I was lucky enough to join Trouva for a peek at their 2017 Christmas showcase – a collection of beautiful pieces from an array of different indie stores around the UK. In case you aren’t…

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Papergang: The Ultimate Stationery Subscription Box

If you’re a fan of beautiful stationery and haven’t yet heard of Papergang, it’s time to listen up. Last year, my friends at Ohh Deer improved the world of subscription boxes tenfold by introducing their own letterbox treat service offering stand-out stationery and unique collaborations in limited edition boxes, each and every month. This month’s box is an absolute beauty. So, what is Papergang? The Papergang box is a bundle of stationery goodies created and selected by Ohh Deer and their team of talented designers, including illustrator and Bitchin’ Bugs author Amy Lesko. Each month, a different box full of specially-designed bits and…

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BRAND TO KNOW: Olive Clothing

Olive is a British contemporary clothing brand with a big fanbase here in London. The creators of these comfy, directional and ethically-focused pieces are however, based in Cheltenham where their flagship store lives. Now, I don’t like to spoil the joyful surprises of Christmas day but I’ve been dropping plenty of hints in the lead-up to that day of gifting; suggesting a bunch of items from this fantastic little store. Pulling together and combining vintage looks, street style, androgynous cuts and fabrics and presenting layered outfit ideas, Olive is everything I dream of when it comes to casual fashion and…

INTERVIEW: Founder of Type and Story Niccy Iseman

Niccy Iseman is the founder of Type and Story, a contemporary paper goods brand inspired by storytelling. Niccy launched the small independent business earlier this year and since then, its first collection has received a wonderfully positive response from creatives everywhere. Each collection in Type & Story’s offering is based on a different theme. It’s inaugural range, released for SS17, explored the lost art of sign-painting and showcased the calligraphic shapes found in old bespoke signs across beautiful products like jotters, prints and notecards. A talented designer by trade, I caught up with Niccy to find out what it’s like…