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Get To Know Designer, Mentor and Founder of One Girl Band Lola Hoad

Lola Hoad is a letterer, designer and small business coach based in Brighton, and one of my favourite people. Not only has she successfully honed an aesthetic and strong message that’s rapidly become synonymous with supporting independent brands and creatives, she has also developed a beautiful brand and powerful entrepreneurial ethos that propels her work and inspires others. Her ‘Shop Independent’ illustration has become the face of an online revolution and influenced a shift in the way we all think about what and how we shop and consume. In the last few years, Lola has founded LH design, a paper goods company,…

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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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10 Vegan Chocolate Brands to Know

Now more than ever, Easter is all about chocolate. According to a recent study, kids in the UK receive on average 8.8 Easter eggs per year and that friends, is a buttload of chocolate. Usually, Easter egg chocolate is on the cheap side and contains milk, whey and other animal derivatives, like jelly sweets made from gelatine. Personally, I’m not into the idea of consuming 8.8 crappy chocolate eggs, and much prefer the idea of receiving a beautifully-wrapped chocolate bar that’s top quality and free from any nasties. There are tonnes of inspiring indie chocolate brands out there and most…

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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…

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…

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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…

The Best Small Business Sales to Shop

It’s sale season once again and of course, that means it’s the perfect time to support small businesses. Whether you’re paying full price or grabbing a bargain, every penny counts for an independent venture. We’ve picked out a few of our favourites, whose January sales are packed with beautiful, handmade things, from stationery to art supplies, conscious fashion and homewares. Happy shopping… Thornback and Peel A quintessentially British brand and one that we love, Thornback & Peel specialise in luxury screen-printed goods for your home. Choose from cushions, handkerchiefs, deckchairs and lampshades to brighten up your home, office and studio…