Give Artisan Gifts with Inka London

As you know, I love a unique gift especially if it’s lovingly arranged, carefully presented and unquestionably creative. With the holidays on the way, I’ve been thinking long and hard about what my loved ones enjoy, about designer-makers and independent businesses and about different and interesting ways to gift. Christmas hampers are a staple but let’s face it, they’re usually filled with sugar and booze and rarely feature anything handmade. Now, imagine my surprise and delight upon discovering a collection of beautifully curated gift boxes filled with lovely handmade, independently created or expertly designed items. Inka London is a creative…

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MAKER TO KNOW: Eleonor Boström

Swedish ceramic artist Eleonor Boström is a master of minimalist ceramics in the likeness of cute dogs, symmetrical women and other slightly bizarre but equally wonderful forms. Now, I love a porcelain hound so Eleonor’s creations are a treat worth sharing. Working primarily with white glazes and simple black detailing, Eleonor describes her pieces as ‘functional sculptures’. Each is thumbed differently for an imperfect and pared-back finish. Oddly shaped dogs seem ultra-contemporary in their white and black tones yet winsomely old fashioned with their DIY aesthetic and funny noses. Dividing her time between Stockholm and San Francisco, Eleonor has tapped into a…

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BRAND TO KNOW: Ola Studio

Whether you’re seeking out a card for somebody special or a beautiful notebook for all your beautiful ideas, head straight for Ola Studio. An independent paper goods brand specialising in traditional, quality manufacturing, Ola’s lovely aesthetic and considered approach has helped it to stand out from the crowd. Founded by creative Katy Goutefangea in 2014, Ola Studio is a hot label in the world of stationery, primarily because it takes a painstakingly precise and considered approach to creating each collection. Working only with local manufacturers and using time-honoured methods. Katy’s background as a studio printmaker and bookbinder, along with a deep…

Why You Should Pay the Ohh Deer Shop a Visit

Stationery fiends, gift-wrapping experts and fans of all things illustrated, it’s time to celebrate because the long-awaited Ohh Deer shop is finally here. Hitting Loughborough’s streets at the end of last year, the physical manifestation of the hit online gifting store has been a huge success, offering creative stationery and beautiful bits and pieces that shoppers can browse and buy in-store. The Ohh Deer shop is situated close to its founder’s homes, going their local community a nice little boost and its residents a place to shop for gorgeous gifts. Despite the fact that the shop isn’t quite local to us, we love…

BRAND TO KNOW: Pirates & Violets

Crafting bespoke shopping baskets and woven pouches, Pirates & Violets is an independent, family-run business based in Yorkshire. Every design is made from natural fibres and attributed with great touches, such as pastel-toned pom-poms, tassels and hand-painted stripes and monograms. Inspired by classic French style and the sun, sea and sandy beaches of exotic coastlines, the oversized basket bags tap into one of this summer’s big trends but we like it most for it’s ethos. With an eco-friendly and sustainable attitude towards running an indie business, Pirates & Violets is partnered with a team of mothers in Morocco. These women…

BRAND TO KNOW: Custom Made

Custom Made is a lovely little company that well and truly lives up to its name. Created by Anna Butler, Custom Made specialises in unique jewellery and accessories for those looking to add a little creative flair to their wardrobes. Though she’s still surprised and delighted by the fact that so many people buy and wear her handmade designs, it comes as no surprise to us that Anna’s jewellery and accessories are such a huge hit. In fact, Custom Made was recently selected as an outstanding designer at Rated, the Royal Academy’s showcase for emerging British design talent. When she’s not receiving…

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BRAND TO KNOW: London Tea Club

The world is full of people who when faced with the challenge of writing a Twitter bio for themselves, search deep within their collective psyche, and recover only two emphatic, identifying words: tea-drinker. We live in a tea-hungry world of mystery and beauty, and often, our love of the saintly hot beverage brings us closer together. One such instance of a shared love for delicious infusions spreading joy across the world’s vast cities, is the work of the London Tea Club, a creative members service founded by loose leaf connoisseur Cecelia Lau. London Tea Club is a project that aims…