best London salons

London’s Five Best Indie Salons

Since moving to London a good few years back, I noticed that a quick Google of the words ‘best hair salon’ or ‘best place for nails’ proffers two options: very expensive celebrity hair stylists and their new expensive hairdressing outlets or discount deals for places you’ve never heard of. Finding a place in which you feel comfortable enough to let a stranger loose on your hair is difficult when you’ve just moved to a new city, or indeed if you’re already rooted somewhere and want to  switch things up. Apps and sites that offer discounts can be misleading and in…

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…

Discover The Artisan Talks by The London Artisan

With this month drawing to a close and thoughts of gifting, new years resolutions and the ever-important quest to shop local and independent over the holidays already circling our brains, we’ve been on the lookout for wonderful events to pack into the remaining months of 2015. Fortunately, we discovered a free programme of bits and pieces that  pretty much ticks every box; we think it’ll be right up your street. This great occasion is run by  The London Artisan, a wonderful curated marketplace that takes place every Sunday at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. It offers everything you’d expect, from…

READ: Makers of East London by Hoxton Mini Press

Hoxton Mini Press have been popping up all over the shop of late and no wonder. With a focus on the unique climate of east London and a generous flair for putting together the most outstanding imagery with winsome words, the independent publisher creates books worth cherishing forever. Their latest creation is unsurprisingly something very special. From the folks that brought you the illustrious Haircuts of Hackney comes MAKERS OF EAST LONDON. A triumph in the making, this beautiful book documents all things lovingly handmade. Exploring the craft and skill of a group of talented creatives, the publication celebrates the processes…

the feline foundation

INTERVIEW: Sarah Menzies Founder of The Feline Foundation

The Feline Foundation is a fantastic initiative and non-profit organisation that has grown into an unstoppable force for good by way of three of our favourite things; positivity, creativity and cats. Founded by Sarah Menzies and originally titled Cat Tee Mission, The Feline Foundation raises money for partner charities who rescue unwanted domestic cats, and preserve the big cats of Africa. The organisation works hard to fundraise through t-shirt, merchandise and art sales, but is also big on events, keen to hold fundraisers, raffles, auctions and dinners in order to push the cause forward. Founder, Sarah Menzies, has loved and supported…

datter-industries

BRAND TO KNOW: Datter Industries by Kaye Blegvad

Datter Industries has released a new collection of rough and rustic jewellery trinkets, but the creative behind the designs has re-located back to the UK after a stint in her Brooklyn pad. Illustrator, artist and jeweller, Kaye Blegvad, now has studios on both sides of the pond where she hand-makes her unique and delightful bits and bobs and her 2014 collection is now ready for us. This new batch of jewel-art features pieces developed from older ideas, with repeated motifs, expansions and old patterns broken down to simpler forms, plus plenty of brand new innovations too. Geometric shapes transform a…

shore projects

INTERVIEW: The Creators of Shore Projects

Happy accidents are blissful. They’re part of what makes life enjoyable and give us cause to nod to something or other in appreciation of new and insightful discoveries. Running YGT generally means that my quota of happy accidents is fortuitously higher than that of most. My time is filled with stumbling across amazing new things by way of tip-offs from friends of friends or referrals from creatives that I meet on my travels. Coming across Shore Projects was one of these happy accidents and I was lucky enough to catch up with one of the team responsible for the company’s…