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First Edition


Editors Letter

2020 has been a strange year hasn’t it? Constantly being told to socially distance even from those we love! Complying with restrictions on how we shop, work or socialise! Will Xmas fall victim to this ‘new normal’? Not if we can can help it! Here at The Indie Guide we don’t do ‘normal’! We do unique, sustainable and inclusive, but most importantly, we’re here to support individual businesses all motivated by similarly ethical values. Most people are unaware of the existence of many individual businesses because they don’t enjoy the public exposure afforded only to larger corporations. Our goal is to play a part in redressing this imbalance by highlighting them in this and future publications. We also hope to provide an opportunity for potential stockists to reach out to our carefully selected creatives and for you, the conscious buyer, to find a more personal and unique shopping experience, safe in the knowledge that you are helping struggling artists to continue to practice and perfect their beautiful craft. If the recent UK and US elections have taught us anything it’s that each and every one of us has a voice and our opinions count. If, like us, you want to see an end to ‘fast fashion’ and hail the dawn of the ‘slow fashion’ generation, then vote with your money and help save and promote our independent businesses. Everyone featured in this, our first edition, is a hard working creative with a passion for his or her craft. With over 40 creatives featured, we have attempted to bring you an array of diverse crafts and artistic talent so that you can make this Xmas both memorable and meaningful. We hope you enjoy this guide. Let us know what you think and how best we can serve you in future publications! Happy Holidays! The Indie Team

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The Contributors 06 - Daines Atelier 08 - K L E S 10 - Patchwork Plush 12 - Happy Meadow Designs 14 - Wild Rahni 16 - Sophie Amelia Creates 18 - SHOP indie this christmas 20 - Eva Merendes Art 22 - Dragon Poodle Doodles 24 - Frankie Collection 26 - _theTits 28 - Fruit Salad 30 - My Slow Fashion Journey 32 - byMaraca 34 - Reclaimed Roundabout 36 - Isobel Higley 38 - alice wray art 40 - megan h makes 42 - Norsk Design 44 - yay ldn 46 - lilac road wild flowers 48 - How to become a slow fashion supporter 51 - colab 52 - loukas georgiou 54 - dead bunny creations 56 - swank jewellery 58 - anna falcke 60 - lucy lane jewellery

62 - carla james 64 - why ethical fashion? 66 - E.ballon design 68 - rosielah 70 - bex create 72 - maria marinou 74 - caitlin evans 76 - fox and beagle co. 78 - bleur 79 - Studio Sisu 80 - electric nan 82 - sorbet sunshine 84 - kathryn pow art 86 - labo klay 88 - slab jewellery 90 - clarity blend 92 - the future of independents 94 - nellie and eve 96 - every goose 97 - silk Mill 98 - kensington creative 100 - the indie business awards 102 - lit tits 104 - rachel ormiston 106 - the old studio 108 - yousef al nasser photography

SPECIAL THANKS MARIAM AL NASSER KATIE BLENCH AMY BURGE EMMA GORTON-ELLICOTT NICHOLAS HIGGINSON

All enquiries for submissions can be directed to our Chief Editor, Sam, at: infowithlola@gmail.com

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Damn Nice Bucket Hat Bro: £25 The Haley Slouchy Vest in Blue: £35 Oversized White Tee: £35 The Jacquard Pink Boxing Shorts: £45

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Daines Atelier is a Circular Fashion Brand based in Frome, Somerset. They upcycle preloved textiles, remnant materials and source deadstock fabrics to create one-of-a-kind limited pieces. They are focused on educating the conscious consumer on being aware of how their purchases can be impactful. To be mindful of greenwashing in the Industry and to shop in an ethically friendly responsible manner. 06


Oversized White Tee: £35 “There’s a Snake in My Boot” Trouser chaps: £95

Every piece is designed to be durable and capsule, opposed to following ever-changing fashion trends, using locally sourced materials of the highest quality and not manmade. Everything at Daines Atelier is unique and has a story to tell. A brand you will always see transparency in.

Quarentee in Burnt Orange with Brown Sleeves - £90 The Off-White Trouser Chaps - £95

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SCYLLA shoulder bag Matte Black - £215

CELESTIA earrings Matte Black & Nude - £35

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ORIANA mini bag - £125

KLÈS

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Klès is a slow fashion brand combining design, art and craftsmanship. Each product is designed and handcrafted in Bristol by designer maker Jessica Gomez, with sustainability in mind. The brand originally focused on leather accessories like handbags and wallets, and has since evolved to include other products such as laser cut acrylic jewellery. Klès’ style revolves around clean lines and graphic monochrome patterns.

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Everything at Patchwork Plush is made from recycled materials, Adele started collecting fabrics and old clothes around six years ago, and now has a large collection of different colours, textures, and patterns! Adele drafts her own paper patterns, so each critter is unique. All critters come with a story about their personality, a labelled diagram so you can see the fabrics they’re made from and instructions on how to care for them!

Badly Sewn Boy - Custom made Funky Friends £30

Sloth - Custom made Critters from £20

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Organic Leggings - Prices from ÂŁ14 Sizes Newborn - 4yrs

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At Happy Meadow Designs we specialise in sustainable baby and children’s clothing. We hand-make beautiful clothes for your little one all from our home in Suffolk using sustainably sourced natural cotton and stunning patterns, bringing magical touches to dresses, rompers, blankets and even quilts. Family and love are at the heart of everything we do, from designing, sewing and packaging.

Organic Leggings - Prices from ÂŁ14 Sizes Newborn - 4yrs

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Wild Rahni is a clothing brand for the wild & free. Creating unique and individual pieces for unique individuals! I source my fabric from all over India and work with some fabulous tailors to help bring my creations to life, all my items are fair trade and ethically sourced. I also use recycled saris wherever I can, reducing the impact on the environment.

For The Frill Of it Silk Kimono priced at ÂŁ39.99

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Bacchus wrapping paper - £5 per sheet

Sophie Amelia Creates is a small business creating delicate handmade paper goods. Most important to the brand’s identity is a desire to emit nature’s organic delicate beauty, creating items that will be treasured. 16


Each design starts life as a watercolour and ink painting, then after some tweaking is transformed into either a card, wrapping paper or print. Cards are all handmade therefore each are unique with a wonky, lovable quality. Joyous paper goods for discerning writers of notes, love letters and gift givers. All items, including packaging, is either 100% recyclable or compostable.

Nordic Notes card pack - ÂŁ11 for a pack of 3

Mixed seasonal wrapping paper - ÂŁ5 per sheet

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Shop Indie This Christmas 2020 has been a difficult and testing year. Strict lockdown measures stemming from a global pandemic have seen everything we knew and had previously taken for granted replaced with a ‘new normal.’ Amongst other things, this has resulted in panic buying, leaving the most vulnerable forced to go without, as they stand between empty shelves in their local supermarket. With many countries locked down at home we took to shopping online en masse. While supermarket giants and major online department stores may have benefitted from this sudden influx, many businesses have struggled. This is especially true for small independent businesses; artists, creatives and local market stalls selling their handcrafted products.

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When you shop small you are buying from a person; probably the very person who actually made that product. They are knowledgeable about the item you are buying, and they’ll work with you to offer and accommodate suggestions. Most importantly, they will truly care about the work, having thought through every last detail. Independent businesses are not owned or run by boards and shareholders. They do not target you with recommendations based on your browsing history, or communicate with you in the form of a live chat ‘agent’. One thing I love about independent businesses is the sense of community they bring. Whether out at your local marketplace, a small village or even online, people come together to support one another. I love the buzz of a market; it connects people who otherwise would never have met and sparks curiosity, conversations and friendships. Since starting my business I’ve become part of a wonderfully supportive network and it’s the biggest perk of the job. Small businesses are also more likely to source locally, and often from other small business owners. This means not only do you get better value for money from locally sourced, quality products and ingredients, but this helps more money stay in your area too. You might also find that customer service is their top priority. Forget the long lines in busy shops or waiting on hold to call centres. Every customer is so important to them that it’s likely you’ll receive a quality personalised service.

Small business owners don’t work a 9 to 5, they live and breathe their work. When you shop small you are buying something that has been handcrafted with care, attention to detail, and love. The makers and artists run on passion and a fire in their belly that produces works of art and unique one-of-a-kind pieces that cannot be bought anywhere else. Their work is a reflection of themselves filled with heart, happiness and soul. You are allowing someone to realise their full creative and artistic potential and do something they love. You are helping to fund innovation and ideas, and bring them to life. When you shop small you are buying a piece of their imagination, a little piece of somebody’s dream, and to me that is priceless.

I encourage you all to shop small this Christmas and support independent businesses.

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Rest Watercolour Painting 29.7x29.7 cm £75

Eva Merendes is a London based visual artist specialising in watercolours and inks. In her shop you can find a wide range of abstract and figurative works. Through her artworks she explores the themes of identity, sexuality and the role of relationships in her life. Always an experimentalist, always an explorer! Eva currently works as an art educator, art curator and visual artist. ‘Art is my life and I pour my heart into every piece I create. I hope that you can feel inspired to put art into your lives and leave with positive vibes after visiting my e-shop!’ Burning Phoenix Watercolour 42x29.7cm £75 20


Atalanta watercolour painting 42x29.7 cm £65

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Whimsy Doodle Mandala print $35 CAD

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I am Sara and have been creating symbolic mandala art in Canada since 2018. My art is inspired by nature, mythology, and personal experiences as I use my creations to advocate for mental health and environmental awareness. This business started because I realized I had a skill that helped others appreciate the intricate details of life and believed that if I could help even one person have a deeper awareness of themselves and the world, I had a responsibility to share my work. I invite you to view my collection and follow the DragonPoodle story in real time on Instagram, @dragonpoodledoodles

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Night Trees Mandala print $35 CAD

Purple Flower Mandala print $35 CAD 23


Frankie Upcycled Jacket Flamingo £155

Frankie Bag Poppies £49 24


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Frankie. was launched in 2015 by entrepreneur and vintage lover Elodie, a French Designer/Maker based in London. Each creation is handmade with love from French vintage tapestries and fabrics with a background story, to make unique, timeless and upcycled designs. Having been a fashion buyer for many years, Elodie came to realise that the fashion industry needed to change its way of handling production, which is why it was important to create a sustainable brand. You won’t find two identical Frankie. items anywhere...

Frankie Simone Collar ÂŁ60

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‘Jemma’ is a polymer clay boob sculpture in a beautiful ornate turquoise frame. She has string so you can hang her up easily £15

‘Sarah’ is a polymer clay boob sculpure in a bright yellow ornate frame. She has string so you can hang her up easily. £15

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_THETITS

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_thetits is about saying fuck the patriarchy, fuck your beauty standards and loving yourself and your body. I started making tit sculptures because I wanted to show that all bodies are beautiful – not just pert-titted, hairless, skinny, snatched-waist, long-legged, thigh-gap bodies but ALL bodies. Stretchmarks, cellulite, acne, body hair and all. We are all beautiful and unique in our own way. So – buy some tits, put them on your wall and admire them every day. My sculptures are made out of fimo professional clay and as well as my ready-made sculptures (pictured) I offer a bespoke service where I make body sculptures from reference photos sent to my confidential email address.

Christmas Tree Boobs Polymer clay boob sculptures in adorable glittery frames, finished off with cute red bows. The ornaments have gold backs and are a beautiful edition to any Christmas tree! £15

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Fruit Salad REWORK Colour-block Sweatshirt £35

Fruit Salad Cuddly Fleece £75

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FRUIT SALAD

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Fruit Salad is a fun, slow fashion streetwear brand from Bristol creating super cute and colourful fashion pieces. We keep our production and manufacturing local and sustainable by working with Bristol-based indie businesses including printers who work on small, slow fashion runs using water-based inks which are safer for the environment. Even our labels are made locally by an indie designer! Everything we produce is on small, limited edition fashion runs to reduce waste and avoid over production. Our style is super-cute and fun, we make streetwear for everybody and try not to design with gender in mind by making clothing that we want to wear!

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My Slow Fashion Journey Supporting sustainable and independent businesses for me is now a no brainer, but it hasn’t always been the case. I was woken up from a fast fashion haze back in 2015, whilst I was up to my neck in throwaway Primark hauls and obsessing over fashion trends like my life depended on it. I was a fashion blogger, I had a rep to up-keep and fashion was my thing, I needed to keep on top of it. How glad I am this is no longer the case! I became a blogger as a fashion related hobby whilst my kids were small, following a career as a fast fashion designer for well-known highstreet brands and running my own indie fashion upcycling business; I had already experienced contradicting sides of the fashion industry! Despite running my upcycling business (and a lack of time and support to run it) I had become, in all honesty, lazy, and as a young, skint mum, turned to fast fashion for comfort! I was taken along to a Fashion Salvage event by a friend who was already well involved in the sustainable fashion scene and ran her own label, sustainable events and upcycling workshops.

(Photo credit - Bristol Textiles Recyclers / BTR) Fashion salvaging events were popular at Bristol Textiles Recycling

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The event took place at BTR (Bristol Textiles Recycling) which sadly due to a lack of funding, no longer exists anymore. These recycling heroes, managed to direct 20 tonnes of unwanted clothing from landfill on a daily basis. That’s right, 20 tonnes every day! That’s just in Bristol. Just imagine how much ends up in landfill each week. It’s a shocking and disturbing amount. The garments came from clothing waste bins, charity shop rejects and I can’t imagine where else… Just tonnes of garments everywhere, many pre-loved, some classic vintage pieces, designer garms and worst of all, unworn clothing with their labels still attached! What makes me feel really nauseous about those particular garments now is that most of these unworn and unloved garments were from shops like Primark and supermarket chains. Fast fashion pieces that were knocked up cheaply by under paid workers in, more often than not, shocking working conditions. Then shipped over to the UK, chucked on the shop floor with tonnes of other fast fashion nightmares and bought for just £3 a pop by us, the consumer. This means that these workers went through such hardship to produce fast fashion garments on demand, garments that never even ended up being worn – pretty much being made to go straight into the polyester landfill of doom! This is why we need to stop fast fashion and our outlook needs to change, quickly! Back to the fashion salvage event, and I’ve grabbed a whole bin liner of pre-loved garms. I couldn’t help it, I acted the same way with the pre-loved fashion as I did in a Primark Haul. It’s like getting free clothes isn’t it? Looking back, I had a problem… Why did I need all this ‘stuff ’. Don’t get me wrong, I also saw the fashion salvage event in the positive light in which it was created, to save these garments from landfill.

(Photo credit - Bristol Textiles Recyclers / BTR) Slow fashion blogger and journalist Emma Gorton-Ellicott at a BTR fashion salvage event.

The fashion salvage events invited the public to come along and search through their salvage bins for fashion gems and vintage treasures. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty (remember it all came from clothing recycling bins) you could find some amazing pieces! I was hooked! But the shock of seeing all these wasted garms, being educated on how much is sent to landfill each week, and how unfairly the workers are treated in the fast fashion industry (an ongoing issue, even during lockdown) was just too much for me to bare. I became instantly more fashion conscious, ashamed of my obsessive consumerism and had my eyes open to a new way of living. With this fresh in my mind, my blogging style changed instantly. I ditched the high street and began to support independent, sustainable designers and businesses, which has led me to many amazing experiences; from fashion journalism to speaking at sustainable fashion events, and being inspired to start my own slow fashion business, which I am immensely proud of. Please, support slow fashion, support sustainable, support independent. Make the change.

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byMaraca offers unique jewellery handmade from brass and silver. Each piece is carefully designed, planned and crafted in small numbers in a little studio in Bristol, UK. As a Silversmith, my focus lies on organic shapes and making jewellery that gives the everyday something a little bit special, and that wants to be worn every day. I’m also open for commissions! 32


CRUSH Triangle Necklace - £35

GEO Teardrop Earrings - £20

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Tote Bags - ÂŁ45

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Reclaimed Roundabout is a fledgling Brighton-based mother and daughter sustainable fashion brand, who design and create unique clothing from unwanted denim. Featuring jackets, shirts and accessories for all adult ages and genders, which we sell through our online shop on Etsy. We are so passionate about our clothing brand and every item is handmade with love, from a garment which has already been loved. 34


We are super proud of our denim journey so far, and being a mother and daughter team has made it more special, which we have found people love too. Join us on our denim journey and take a peak.

Pleased To Meet You Reeta Jacket ÂŁ136

Hamish Docker Hat ÂŁ40

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Gold Eye Mug This modern mug is made from a speckled stoneware clay and decorated with a glossy white glaze. Each mug is finished with hand painted gold lustre details. £28.99

Since 2016, Isobel Higley has been creating pottery to align with three words: Positive, Sustainable and Handmade. Environmentally sustainable processes are utilised within the studio. This includes making items by hand, harvesting rainwater, recycling waste clay and reducing energy consumption. These processes create a beautiful finish when the ceramic is fired, making each item unique. 

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Isobel creates a range of sculptures and homeware that promote wellbeing. Each artwork aims to bring a smile to your face. Isobel’s most recent project “Positive Pottery” has been exhibited and published internationally.


Screaming Tea Plate A light-hearted tea plate made from stoneware clay and finished with a smooth glossy glaze. Decorated with a hand painted illustration to brighten up your day. ÂŁ18.99

Large Ocean Splash Bowl This large bowl is handmade using a speckled clay, decorated with a glossy white glaze and finished with an abstract blue paint brush. The bowl is inspired by the British coast; the splash symbolising the ocean waves. ÂŁ59.99

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Euphoria. 1m x 1m. Mixed Media ÂŁ250

Alice has a love for all things bright and neon! Experimenting with digital software and spray paint has enabled her to develop her abstract practice since beginning her art career as a fluid painter. She has been actively painting for the past 5 years and is hugely inspired by colour. She loves the way it can transform her mood and subconsciously tap into each of our deepest emotions. More recently she has been creating a body of large scale paintings which has been revolutionary for her practice. It has provided the space for her to experiment and push her ideas, which in turn has enabled her to create a body of constantly evolving work.

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In Balance. 20cm x 20cm Acrlyic and Resin. Commissions available on request.

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The Battenburg Jumper - £110

MeganHMakes is a crochet brand ranging from clothing to accessories. Megan makes everything herself and often makes items made to measure, meaning the brand is size inclusive! The clothing is colourful and unique, inspired by fashion throughout the ages, with an aim to make crochet cool and for the younger generation. The brand was established in 2019, and since then has featured in ‘Simply Crochet’, on Depop’s Instagram and on a campaign with Koi Footwear. 40

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Autumnal Handmade Crochet Scarf - ÂŁ38

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Launched in June 2020 during the first national lockdown, Norsk Designs specialises in creating beautiful, handmade, statement earrings . Inspired by Scandinavian design and Norse Mythology, our designs include neutral colours, abstract shapes and galaxy inspired patterns. Like every person on the planet, no two pairs are the same. We want individuality to be celebrated and for you to feel extra sparkly when you wear them. In an attempt to be sustainable as possible I save all my scrap clay, use recycled packaging and buy materials from independent businesses.

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YAY London was created 3 years ago by Mai. Mai is an East London Graphic Designer who turned her focus to screen printing. Handprinting was always something she loved to do and YAY London is a perfect representation of her vibrant personality. From private print commissions to kids screen printing workshops, YAY London is also a brand that offers colourful fashion. Mai always tries to convey positive messages through her designs and lift people’s moods. She loves experimenting and pushing herself to learn new skills. Everything at YAY London is made by hand with Love.

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Good Vibes Jumper - £30

Living The Fast Life Bandana - £8

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The “Buried Treasure” Necklace - £24.00 The “Shell shocked” Earrings - £26.00

We’re on a mission to STAY WILD! Inspired by the freedom of nature and bold beautiful blooms. Lilac Road Wild Flowers is on a journey to create lovingly handcrafted keepsakes to carry with you wherever you roam.  Every piece is uniquely designed with the free-spirited in mind, using real pressed flowers to create playful collections which encapsulate the beauty of this budding world. We are a small business who wishes to make big waves in the jewellery design industry.  We begin by asking: Are you a Wild One?

The “Buried Treasure” Necklace - £24.00

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How to Become a Slow Fashion Supporter So, what is slow fashion? As it says on the tin, it requires you to slow down on your fashion consumption. It asks you to consider what you are buying, whether you need it, and how it was made. There are several ways to support slow fashion. Firstly, stop buying into fast fashion and open your mind to buying pre-loved, vintage, and from independent designers. Obviously, you can’t go wrong with a “Chazzer” shop, loads of unique pre-loved items, with all money spent directly supporting the charity rather than lining corporate pockets; whilst creating a circular economy to reuse existing garments. Vintage boutiques are also high on the slow fashion register; independently run with unique pre-loved collections and pieces that have been lovingly curated, offering vintage and retro gems from the 1920s to the early noughties. You are literally spoilt for choice! Which is your decade? Independent fashion designers and businesses all run on small, slow fashion ranges that are carefully handmade and often bespoke, not mass produced like fast fashion. If you want a unique item, the independent designer is your friend. Many also offer bespoke services personally for you; plus, you will also have a warm feeling that you are supporting indie businesses. Good for you!

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Online platforms like Depop, which is gaining a reputation as a hardcore seller’s paradise, offer private sellers and indie businesses opportunities to sell vintage, pre-loved and independent fashion over brand-new fast fashion items. Which is a good thing. (Follow Depop Drama on Instagram!) Well, now we know what slow fashion is, what exactly is fast fashion? A colleague asked me this question the other day, even though I’ve been banging on about it the whole four years I’ve known them – Aaargh!! But at last they are now listening! We are getting through! Fast fashion is anything that is mass produced; its fashion drops, new collections, the latest big trend, BooHoo, Primark, supermarket brands, Topshop, crazy low priced online fashion platforms... The list goes on. Even our beloved M&S, despite their attempts to be as transparent as possible, will still over produce and fill their shops with new lines dropping on a weekly basis. Do you think they sell every garment? What do you think happens to the unwanted clothing??? Hello, landfill! This is all fast fashion! How can you become more fashion conscious? Consider how much the fashion items cost in the first place, if its cheap as chips you can bet it didn’t get to the shops sustainably and ethically. Cheap garments = poorly paid workers. If that top cost you £3, how much do you think the worker got to make it? What was their cut? It’s not good is it?


It may seem harder to support independent businesses at this time, especially in lockdown situations, but nearly all independent businesses sell online. From indie shops to virtual markets and clothes swaps. Everything is available if you look for it. Did you know you can send a DM on instagram to most small indie fashion businesses to buy or enquire? And remember those links in bios for an instant indie shop hit! Indie supporters like Bristol Markets and Indie Roller also have virtual markets on Instagram that you can drop into by viewing their stories. These markets often happen on a certain day and time with links to lots of indie sellers who are often offering discounts too, all from the comfort of your sofa! What’s not to like here? Another big tip is to stop following fashion trends. Why are you following trends? Do you really need the next big thing? Will it change your life? Will it make you feel better and for how long? With everything being so instant in our digital world, trends can change quicker than you can press ‘like’ on Instagram. By the time you’ve got the ‘next big thing’ and photographed it to show your followers, Instagram has moved on… Don’t be pulled in by consumerism, you really don’t have to Buy, Buy, Buy! Slow down, be unique, have your own fashion vibe.

Buy from independent makers. Yes, their garments cost more than Primark’s, of course they do, they have been handmade with care on small, often unique fashion runs. Pay them for their worth, support them, make a change, be that change. Are you still shopping for fashion items regularly? Why? Have you nothing to wear at all? Stop scrolling, delete those persuasive ‘buy it now’ emails from your inbox, unfollow fast fashion and its influencers on social media. Just take a step back. Think about the planet and the waste and the suffering that fast fashion supports. I realise how hard it is to make the change with so many temptations around you. The government is currently bigging up supporting small businesses but are still allowing billboard posters and buses to advertise fast fashion main offenders like Boo Hoo all over the country, whilst our indies are struggling!! It makes no sense at all! Did you know Boo Hoo have refused to share information on their manufacturing processes, including where their items are made and what conditions their workers are in? Like many other fast fashion corporates, they were still demanding garments from their workers during the pandemic lockdown! By refusing to talk to sustainable and ethical organisations like Labour Behind the Label and Fashion Revolution, Boo Hoo are unwilling to, at the very least, become transparent and let their customers know what is going on behind closed doors. It should become illegal to refuse such basic requests on sustainability and transparency. Companies like this should be boycotted from advertising at all. Sadly, at the moment this is not the case, so they can carry on their merry fast fashion way, whilst garment workers and small businesses continue to suffer.

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Make the change. Be the change. Support slow fashion. How to become fashion conscious: A few quick tips! Stop buying into fast fashion Buy pre-loved items from charity shops Support independent local designers and businesses Support local (designers and businesses) Buy vintage Buy sustainable Stop following fashion trends Unsubscribe from fast fashion newsletters and apps Stop following fast fashion corporates and influencers on social media Follow independent designers, makers and businesses Follow sustainable designers, makers and businesses Think before you buy – Do you need it? How was it made? Educate yourself on sustainable fashion! Wear your clothes! Upcycle, rework, restyle your wardrobe! Attend fashion swaps and independent markets (virtually for now!) Be unique!

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Emma Gorton-Ellicott Fashion Blogger at No-Debutante Founder of slow fashion brand Fruit Salad www.no-debutante.blogspot.com


Established in 2011, we have been handpicking innovative artists and designers from Bristol and nearby to showcase their products in our store and online. We’re a small but dedicated operation that love working with new and exciting talent, no matter their creative background, whether it be the written word, art, fashion or jewellery.

Why it’s important to shop indie! It’s vital to support independent now more than ever. When you’re buying from independents, you’re not just supporting the makers, you’re supporting a whole family or team behind the work who will be forever grateful for the helping hand and attention. It’s really special when you see something genuinely unique that has been created with such love, and we think that feeling should be harnessed and shared as much as possible. It’s so important to keep supporting those around you who are trying their best to succeed, particularly in such difficult times in retail.

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Monochromes, 2019, 25.5cm x 20cm - £180

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Francis, 2018, 42cm x29.7cm - £200


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Loukas Georgiou is a Cypriot figurative artist currently based in Sheffield. Loukas moved back to the UK in 2018 to pursue a career in the arts and has his own studio space at S1 Artspace, Sheffield. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from UCA Canterbury and a Master’s Degree in Illustration from Kingston University in London. His work explores the themes of identity and self-presentation using painting and drawing as a vehicle. He has exhibited in various exhibitions around Cyprus, Korea and the U.K.

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“What’s your poison?” Deadly Nightshade Shaker Necklace. approx 5.5x3cm £23

Dead Bunny Creations is a UK based, creepy-but-cute artist who loves nothing more than Halloween, Gothic architecture and pastel colours. Holly makes illustrations pop out from the page like bringing her creations back from the dead! All handmade, creepy-but-cute, home decor, jewellery and artwork. Holly brings you fantasy jewellery and accessories that are works of art, that promise to be unique and completely bonkers - certainly a conversation starter at any tea party or spooky ball. Evoking nostalgia in each design, there is an accessory for every pastel goth fan. Bold and whimsical, or elegant and romantic, Dead Bunny Creations allows you to bring Wonderland flair into your everyday style, dragged back from the graveyard! 54


“Sandworms. You hate ‘em right ...” Wall Hanging 24x16.5cm  £35

“Stay strange” Statement Necklace of Lydia Deetz approx 6cm circumference  £22.50

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Swank Jewellery makes eye catching laser cut jewellery for people who want to stand out. Everything is designed and made by Becky Newbold in Clevedon, near Bristol. Designs are big and bright including lobsters, Medusa, crows, toucans and sharks. Her aim is not to make lots of money, but to make enough for it to be worthwhile making more designs. Your purchase funds her creativity. Becky tries to be as sustainable as possible and creates zero waste jewellery using offcuts from the laser cutting process. All her packaging is recycled. Swank Jewellery successfully wholesales to shops around the world too. Snowflake Necklace - £31

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Adults and children’s Wristees Adults- £15 Children’s - £4.50-£9.50

NEW organic cotton jacquard scarves and wristees Scarf - £30 Wristees - £28

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Long pleated scarf and cuffs Scarf £29.50 Cuffs £18

Anna Falcke’s distinctive collections of hand-made accessories ​are made up of beautiful and vibrant ranges for men, women and children. As a Bristol-based and female-led team, they are proud to design and make everything in Bristol and the South West of England. ​Her accessories and gifts are unique and at this time of year they are always super busy fulfilling orders to their many customers both Trade and Retail.

“I felt inspired to work with combinations of different textiles and make a collection that was more accessible, a day to day range that was practical, affordable and well designed...and from then- ​ #Wristees®​were born!”.

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Sunshine Hoops Unique handmade sunshine hoops, part of Lucy’s Celestial collection. These earrings are made using oxidized sterling silver and reticulated brass. The reticulation used to create the Sunshines is a truly organic technique that provides different patterns every time, so no two pairs of these earrings are the same. The hoops have an approx. 5cm drop and hang on silver earring hooks. The earrings come packaged in a luxury recycled gift box decorated with Lucy’s card and sparkly string. £45

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Bangles and Earring Gift Set This lovely affordable gift set includes a thin hammered bangle and recycled silver pebble studs. A perfect present for Christmas. Both products are made with 925 sterling silver. The bangles come in a range of sizes, and the pebble studs are unique every time, so no two pairs are the same. Bangles: XS/S -55-60cm S/M – 60-65cm M/L 65-70cm £55 for the set

Solar-Lunar Necklace This Solar-Lunar necklace is as unique as it gets and can be worn either sun or moon-facing depending on which celestial force is pulling you more that day. They have been surrounded with thick solid silver wire that spins, giving movement to the piece. The 3 cm wide pendant hangs on a 60cm long chain but shorter chains can be requested. The necklace comes packaged in a large, luxury recycled gift box decorated with Lucy’s card and sparkly string. £80 61


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I am an artist with a business selling original art, prints and printed products. My work is based around my identity, culture and travel. I show this in the style of my work as well as the subject matters.

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Let your heart shine, A2 print. ÂŁ55


Hanging Garden, Original artwork in mixed media and 24 carat gold leaf. 80cm diameter ÂŁ800

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Why Ethical Fashion? I would ask, why not? In the last few years, we have read, heard and talked a lot about how bad “fast fashion” is, and how important it is to support “ethical fashion.” That’s because it has a huge impact on us even if we don’t see it. When I was at university, for my final exam I decided to create a sustainable fashion guide for the city I was living in at the time, Milan. In that period fast fashion was actually the trend and we were all buying new clothing every week. I remember spending hours in shops trying on so many things, constantly trying new styles, and in the end getting the same t-shirt in three different colours. All of this because it was cheap and “normal”. I was caught for many years in a cycle of consumerism, never thinking of the negative effects of my excessive, compulsive shopping.

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When I started researching what goes on behind the scenes in fashion, I was shocked to discover how the glamorous world was so lacking in basic ethics and humanity. The environmental impact, and the human cost, were staring right at me, telling me that every choice I make will have an impact — positively or negatively — on our planet and on real people. Talking about the impact of fast fashion with friends, I remember their reactions were always the same: “Eeek.” Yes, because at that time the only famous brand with a focus on sustainable fashion was Stella McCartney. Definitely not that affordable for young students. So, I concluded in my guide that the easiest option to have a sustainable wardrobe was buying VINTAGE! Sounds great, except that in Milan it wasn’t that popular yet.


There is a distinction between sustainable fashion and the “green collections” that the big fast fashion brands release yearly, encouraging us to spend money with them, whilst they underpay workers in their factories, use hazardous chemicals, and create waste on top of waste. This is called ‘green washing’ because while they make one “green collection,” they produce 51 others doing the opposite! But today we have a huge selection — both in style and price — following years of improvements in the industry (although unfortunately not yet enough), and many new brands joining the Fashion Revolution; the movement ensures full transparency and follows an ethical philosophy.

I’m referring to those brands who truly believe in ethical fashion. They are constantly researching sustainable materials, paying their workers ethically, and slowing down their production and distribution; they’re always thinking “green”. Thinking not only of themselves but of other people, and our only planet. Every time we buy something, we make a choice and we decide what we as individuals stand for, because there is a true cost behind everything, and it’s time to realise it. So yes, my question to you is still the same, WHY NOT ETHICAL FASHION?

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Juniper #002, £149

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Rosielah is an off-beat Adult Illustrator based in London, exploring the realms of passion, sensuality and the erotic human experience through digital illustration. Her work drips in gushing, luminescent, neon colour themes, and stark graphic line art. Taking inspiration from erotica, Rosielah’s work is unafraid to delve into anything from the sensitivity of a kiss, to taboo desires.

Printed on 300 GSM Silk Cartridge Stock and individually hand signed, each print is like a letter of passion to a lover.

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Bespoke Pet Portraits (made to order) Bex Create offers striking bespoke pet portraits with bold background colours and focusing on strong animal charitastics. These customised acrylic paintings are made specifically to be the feature pieces in your home. The eye catching designs are the perfect addition to your hallway or living room and also make a very special gift for someone who treasures their animals. Acrylic paintings are available in A5, A4 and A3 on either 300gsm paper or canvas. Background colours will be discussed with each customer making sure it reflects the recipient’s interior. The most popular custom order is on A3 paper, looking smart in a black frame with a white border. A4 - £75 A3 - £90 (canvas +£10)

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The products are ideal for feature pieces within the home and a comfy clothing range is even available. Bex offers customised pet portraits reflecting the intricate and bold style recognised throughout. All products have a focus on the natural world centralising around the characteristics of each animal.


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British Wildlife Collection (Rabbit illustration - one of 4 designs) The British Wildlife collection is all about celebrating the beautiful animal kingdom, with this series focusing on the UK. These prints are perfect housewarming gifts, a lovely present for the animal lovers in your life or as a treat for you. Bring the outdoors in with these detailed illustrated animal drawings, brighten up any indoor space with a pop of colour or choose the minimalist approach, simple and effective. All designs work as both a collection of four or on their own as a statement piece. Just choose your design and have something unique and special to bring character to any living space. All designs are printed on high quality 300gsm paper and available in both A4 and A3.

An on-trend hand embroidered zebra sweatshirt, made to order. Each design is carefully and lovingly hand-stitched on a crew neck sweatshirt, available in both white and grey. This unique, handmade item of clothing is perfect for cooler days and ideal to wear casually around the home, out for coffee or to lunch. The beautifully embroidered item is a perfect gift for yourself or as a thoughtful present for someone else. Sweatshirt material is 80% cotton and 20% polyester, giving it a soft feel and making it easy to wash. Coloured yarn with a protective backing is used for the embroidered embellishment. ÂŁ40

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Self-portrait, oil on aluminium panel 15,5x20cm, 2017 ÂŁ500 excluding P&P

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Hand study, pencil on paper A3 size, 2017 ÂŁ150 excluding P&P


Abstract, oil on canvas 50x50cm, 2012 ÂŁ650 excluding P&P

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Maria Marinou is a Greek fine artist based in Sheffield, UK. She is a graduate of the Athens School of Fine arts (BFA/MFA Hons), and the University of Sheffield, Department of Archaeology (MA Hons). She has participated in many exhibitions in Greece and the UK, and has produced archaeological illustrations for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, amongst various publications. Her artwork fluctuates between figurative and more abstract representations, whilst exploring themes such as portraiture and figurative painting, as well as artistic materiality and colour. 73


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Silk and Velvet Cushions (with duck feather insert) Velvet - £50 Silk - £58

Caitlin Evans designs all the textile prints on her products. Her inspiration mainly comes from plants and florals with a huge focus on gorgeous colour schemes. Sustainability is an important part of her business, with a focus on all her products being designed, printed and made in the UK. Where possible she avoids using plastic, for example, her cushions have metal zips and the lampshades have a wood pulp lining. 74


Silk and Velvet Elasticated Headbands Silk - £15.50 Velvet - £14

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Leggy Planter Our Leggy Planter design with sneakers on his feet. Don’t worry, these laces are never coming undone. Just fill it up with the plant of your choice and let those little leggies dangle over your shelf or window ledge. All of our ceramic Leggy Planters are entirely hand crafted (from the pot right down to their shoelaces!) which means they each have their own unique lumps, bumps and ridges. They are perfectly imperfect, much like the humans they are molded after. The planter is a white clay with a clear coat to ensure waterproofness. $50 CA 76


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Fox and Beagle Co. is a small batch pottery studio located in Toronto, Canada, that creates one of a kind, whimsical ceramics for every day use. We produce unique planters, vases, candleholders, dishes and more.

Dottie Pot Small, but mighty, the ceramic Dottie Pot was created to help elevate even the teeniest of plants. The pot of each planter is thrown on a potters wheel and is then paired with a set of handmade legs. We love the fun and whimsy of a hand painted polka dot, so each is applied with a brush and then finished in a high gloss transparent glaze. Each planter is waterproof and completely one of a kind. Small: $40 CA Large: $45 CA

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Aniya earrings in Cobalt/ Clementine/Black Sand/ Moss £20.00

For us, a statement piece of jewellery is the ultimate finishing touch to any outfit, a showcase of your personality. We couldn’t find anything within our price range that excited us, so we started making it ourselves. Working predominantly with clays, brass and natural woods – Sisu’s collections are crafted entirely by hand in our little Bristol studio. Not only does this mean that every piece is unique, it means we can take our time ensuring every item is packaged beautifully, securely and sustainably. Because life’s too short to blend in. 79


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Sorbet Sunshine is an art business based around body positivity and creativity. I wanted to create a business that displayed a true reflection of all different body types and for people to feel confident about themselves, especially during the times of a pandemic. I sell art prints, custom t-shirts, commissions of people bodies and even custom print them on t-shirts and hoodies so they can walk around with their bodies that have been made into art on a t-shirt with confidence. All my clothing materials are either 100% organic or made out of recycled materials and my packing is 100% recycled. I also make handmade functional resin pieces such as ashtrays and jewellery boxes that are completely customisable so my customers can choose exactly how they want their piece.

Double Trouble T-shirt£22.50 White t shirt with my original artwork printed, t shirt is made out of 100% organic cotton and is available in light pink, white and off white. Sizes M-XL.

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Calling All Bodies T-shirt £22.50 Commissioned body positive custom printed t shirt. made out of 100% organic cotton and is available in light pink, white and off white. Sizes M-XL

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Kathryn is a Somerset based illustrator, an ex-fashion designer who left London to return to her roots. Â Kathryn has a full range of alphabet and letter prints. All have been intricately thought out, hand drawn and painted in her studio in Somerset. These prints make perfect personal gifts for loved ones new, young & old. She has just launched her greeting card range and is working on new letter projects. 85


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Labo Klay – experiments in clay is a brand that explores shape, colour, texture and form. Drawing inspiration from the built environment, interiors and the natural world.  Looking at the little things in life and how they impact us daily.

Milli Earrings (L-R) Noir Stripe/Rouge Stripe/Cobalt £24.00

Designed by Famida Zaman Jahangir uses the medium of polymer clay to create slow made and sustainable pieces that are made with care and attention to detail. She makes the jewellery in small batches in order to minimise waste.  This jewellery is made to be enjoyed and worn, appreciated for its craftsmanship and as a rejection of our throw-away culture. 86


Aniya Earrings in Cobalt ÂŁ20.00

Aniya Earrings in Cobalt/Clementine/Black Sand/Moss ÂŁ20.00

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Valancourt Skull Charm Earrings Sterling Silver - £60 Gold Vermeil - £90

Valancourt Skull Charm Necklace Sterling Silver - £65

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Skulls, roses and sharp halo spikes combine together in one-of-a-kind hand made jewellery. Inspired by 16th Century Memento Mori, with influences from sub-cultures and reliquaries. SLAB jewellery creates one-off pieces to adorn the bodies of unique individuals. No two items are exactly the same, as each are hand made in my Bristol workshop.

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Created by Veronika and Dimitar Vasilev, Clarity Blend is an artisanal aromatherapy company on a mission to help people live more balanced lives by harnessing the power of plants in self-care routines. We blend essential oils synergistically to create vibrant blends. We love working with essential oils as they are truly ‘nature in a bottle’. We sprinkle a touch of our Bulgarian heritage having tried to recreate the meandering meadows and flowery scents of our childhoods. All our products use the highest quality natural ingredients and our formulations include therapeutic grade essential oils and nutrient rich plant oils. 90

Body oils Contains 100% natural ingredients, including sweet almond and jojoba oils from the Balearic islands as well as essential oils. £24


Relaxation eye pillows Filled with dried lavender and flaxseed and made from premium Pima cotton or velvet fabric, available in 7 patterns. £14

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The Future of Independents I am the designer and manager of Priormade, a contemporary homewares brand that only uses sustainable materials. I have been designing and making my products for 10 years, so when the opportunity last year (April 2019) came along to open my own retail shop I thought it would be an absolute breeze. ‘I mean, what’s the difference between selling my work at a market to selling a collection of different artists work in a building?’ I chimed. Well, it turns out quite a lot. As Priormade, I have over 30 brilliant stockists nationwide but it wasn’t until I opened Prior Shop that my appreciation of the hard work, passion and determination these businesses have, really came to light. I have to be honest, before opening my own shop I couldn’t help but think my stockists were a bit greedy and wondered what they actually did to warrant taking a proportion of the sale of the things I made. I can’t tell you how guilty and stupid I feel about that now!

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When a retail unit became available; a place where I could sell my sustainable homewares, it also had enough space to relocate my wood workshop onsite. What an opportunity! I’d met so many wonderful responsible product designers over the last 10 years that to me, opening a shop that showcased a collection of homewares and accessories that are made with such care and intent, was a no brainer. My plan; to carefully curate a space full of exceptional craftsmanship, selling sustainable products that I can confidently vouch for. I ask each artist/designer to fill out a form for transparency that they have been as responsible as they can from idea to product production. It has questions about the material, packaging, suppliers and making processes, and also to understand their business ethos. When you have a shop full of so many beautiful things, you feel so responsible. Perhaps that is also because I’m a maker and I know how deeply precious all of these pieces are that are now in my care. I am so invested in each product as if it was my own hands that made it.


This year designer/ makers are relying solely on their stockists (and online sales) to replace the markets that have been cancelled. Many industries have had to pivot at such a sharp angle that we still don’t know if we’ve done enough. The amazing positives of this year are how much indies have upped their online game, and how it’s shone the brightest of spotlights on to ‘shopping small’. Independent shops had never competed with the big faceless corporations, but this year has given us the confidence to shout louder. We may be a tiny shop in an ‘up-and-coming’ area, but yes, we can ship worldwide, yes, we will give you a better service, and you know what, yes, you will receive a far better product. There are no local boundaries now to independent shopping. There has been a growing movement to shop with soul, to purchase mindfully, to buy less and buy better. The pandemic this year has supercharged this movement and God am I excited for the future of independents!

www.priorshop.uk: Prior Shop is an not-forproift independent store and workspace that prides itself on stocking unique and eco- conscious designs that are made to last. Showcasing 31 designers from skin care, lighting, soft furnishings, plants, jewellery and more, this shop is far from frivolous purchases and throwaway culture. www.priormade.store: Priormade creates bold and contemporary homewares, lighting and accessories using a range of sustainable and recycled materials. Attention to detail, skilled craftsmanship and responsible fabrication is at the forefront of every design. With 17 colours to choose from in the lighting and planter collection, multiple inner tube earring styles and the rich provenance of the recycled wood (told with the packaging), Priormade is the go to independent brand for Eco- gifts that are made to last. Prior Shop champions unique eco-conscious homewares, jewellery and accessories that are made to last. Situated in Old Market, this not-for-profit co- op showcases 30 responsible designers. Beck Prior www.priormade.store

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Autumn Hedgerow in BFL/Masham DK £20/100g skein

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Indie dye brand ‘Nellie and Eve’ is run by Helen Hickman and is named after Helen’s grandmothers) Helen hand dyes British wool yarns using plants and botanicals at her garden studio on a mountain in West Wales, UK. Inspired by the landscape, the colours created for each collection are muted, natural tones and reflect the changing seasons. Mindful of the environment, yarns are dyed in small batches and produced using natural ingredients and minimal waste.

Heather in the moss in BFL/Masham DK £20/100g skein

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The Silk Mill Collective is a group of professional artists, designers and makers who have studios and work at The Silk Mill in the lovely market town of Frome, Somerset. They come together several times a year to exhibit and sell their work at The Gallery in the Silk Mill.  w w w . s i l k m i l l c o l l e c t i v e . c o . u k @ s i l k m i l l c o l l e c t i v e

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Florals, Geraldton Wax & Purple Flag Inspired by beautiful western Australian native flowers, the springtime florals are the perfect picnic company, and unlike putting actual flowers in your ears, won’t make you sneeze. Material – Polymer clay with surgical grade steel backs Size – 50mmx30mm $24.95 AUD

Lovingly made by hand in Western Australia, Kensington Creative was born out of a passion for design, nature and sustainable business practice. The colours and forms are created to combine the beauty of the natural environment with the strong forms of the Architectural world. Kate the maker designs, re-designs, makes, re-makes and mixes all of the clay by hand, and is inspired by her work as an Architect and study as a Landscape Architect in her creations. Kensington Creative use only recycled packaging material and all pieces are sourced locally and are committed to being as sutainable as possible.

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The Hero – in colour ‘Nicholas Sage’ Beautiful, simple arches are always a winner (particularly if you’re a bridge). The heroes are available in all of our beautiful spring palette and come in three beautiful textures. Material – Polymer clay with surgical grade steel backs Size – 50mmx30mm $24.95 AUD


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The Merry Jingly Collection Be the merriest, jingliest Christmas elf around with these fabulous Christmas earrings. Perfect for Christmas gifts, and made with love by hand. Material – Polymer clay with surgical grade steel backs Size Varies – 30mm – 50mm $19.95-24.95 AUD

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Indie Business Awards The Indie Business Awards were set up to truly champion all types of independent business owners, from people just getting started to seasoned pros. We want to shout loudly about the talent and dedication that these entrepreneurs show to all their supporters, and inspire new followers to get behind them. As the first lock down hit in March 2020, I knew it was the perfect time for the Indie Business Awards, an idea that had been kicking about for a while, to become a reality. Physical craft fairs were cancelled and huge chunks of income disappeared. I knew it was the right time to get it set up to show support and recognise all the indie, small, and micro businesses out there. I got a little team of indie business owners together and we went for it! Now 9 months on we have almost 3000 followers on Instagram, a website, and have given out 6 awards! We have so much planned for 2021! I’m currently running the awards myself as my little team slowly gets back to reality from lock down but I never feel alone; I’ve got a whole gang of helpers and friends right in my phone!

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Our awards run monthly, and are nominated and voted for by indie business supporters. They tag their favourite businesses on the nomination grid post and, with a different category each month, we see a huge selection of indie businesses and try to shout about them all. We get guest judges involved who range from indie business owners themselves to influencers who strongly support independent business. They help with selecting the finalists using our criteria to ensure its fair and unbiased, then we have a week of shouting about the finalists, meeting the makers, and really showcasing their businesses while rallying supporters to vote for them. We use social media, linking with other groups, meet the owner interviews, grid take-overs, competitions, and our seasonal gift guides to showcase the talent in the indie business world. We want to help display the value in indie business products and show that for every mass-produced product you buy, there is a lovingly made indie alternative. We want to gather a whole army of people proud to be indie business supporters.

Shopping independent matters because it’s not corporate and faceless, nor is it coming from a place of “make as much money as you can and screw everything else.” It’s passion, morals and love, and an indie business owner obsessing over little details to make their product perfect. It’s the dedication and love shown by these one person bands doing everything themselves and loving it, because it’s providing for their families and giving them an outlet for the amazing skill and talent they have. It’s the community they have built on social media and in real life. These people show up for each other all the time. You don’t get that anywhere else. It’s infectious and it’s beautiful. How could you not want to be part of that? #SHOPINDIEBUYLOVE #SHOUTINDIEBIZ

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Lit Tits is a small independent business that creates handmade scented soy candles in the shape of the female body. The aim of the brand is to celebrate the beauty of women in all their different shapes and brighten any space with usable, affordable art. The Lit Tits range is ever expanding and our goal is to be as diverse and inclusive as possible, so that one day everyone can possess a candle that resembles them or someone they love. Lit Tits candles are more than just quirky home accessories, they are your own little pieces of feminist artwork that smell amazing too!

Pastels (Top row) Heavenly - Large, pink with white wings, strawberry scented £18 Valentina - XXL, pale blue £30 Bloom -Large, orange with daisies, pumpkin spice scented £18 (Bottom row) Priscilla - Small, pink and teal, watermelon scented £11 Genitrix - Small, white with blue heart £11 Lola - Medium, lilac with pink hearts £12 Arabella - Small, teal vanilla scented £10

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Neons Lizzo- Small -Neon pink strawberry scented £11 Valentina -XXL -Neon yellow £30 Aspire- Small -Neon green watermelon scented £10

Marbled Valentina - Large, blue and black marble £16 Aspire- Small, red and yellow marble mango scented £11 Valentina - Large, green and pink marble £16

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Suzie’s main interests lie in transforming existing materials into modern and sophisticated fabrics that can be used for a variety of applications. Her upcycled silicone jewellery collection ‘Polychromatic’ allows her to combine her love for mixed media textiles and passion for colour to offer stunning collections of unique one-off handmade statement pieces. Her digitally printed fabrics combine intricate hand-drawn illustrations with original mixed media textures to create innovative lustrous and vivid prints. All pieces are printed and manufactered in the UK.

‘FLORAL STRIPES’ CUSHION Cotton drill cover & British wool pad insert - £75 (including P&P) Design also available in cotton velvet - £95 (including P&P)

‘SQUARE/SPHERE’ EARRINGS Handmade upcycled silicone earrings with gold plated findings £39 (including P&P)

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Yousef Al Nasser is a fashion, portraiture, and lifestyle photographer from Kuwait with a 10-year background in commercial photography. His commercial work has been published in multiple issues of Kuwait’s number one English magazine, and in the United Kingdom he has been published in The Economist, The Telegraph, The Guardian and Vice. Selected works are for sale upon request.

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Chief Editor, Samantha: infowithlola@gmail.com

Collaborative Editor, Evie: team@dainesatelier.com

Creative Director, Yousef : yousefalnasserphotography@gmail.com

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Who We Are Samantha Hamlin is the founder of WITH LOLA and Chief Editor for The Indie Guide. After graduating in Fine Art at university, Sam found herself searching for opportunities within the arts. Looking endlessly for inspiration and constantly facing hurdles, she went through all the motions of wanting to start a business and felt completely out of her depth. After many failed business attempts and loose ends, WITH LOLA was born. A platform which raises the profile of creatives starting on their business journey, whether it be a side hustle or a fulltime project. WITH LOLA features weekly interviews, blog posts and projects which support the creative sector. Throughout her career, Sam has worked with many International Festivals, Art Events and Fortune 500 companies around the world. She has a true passion for innovation, supporting creativity and cheerleading the next generation of business owners!

Evie Daines is the Collaborative Editor of The Indie Guide and the founder of the independent brand Daines Atelier. Upon starting her business, she noticed the lack of support and understanding from the community around her. This gave her the drive to show and teach others the importance of investing in the talented creatives around them. Rather than the big dogs. She is focused on the communication between brand and stockist, educating those who have a voice to represent the importance of indie retailers in climates such as todays. A lover of sustainable practice and transparency in a brand is something which Evie believes makes shopping Independent magical. Yousef Al Nasser is a fashion, portraiture, and lifestyle photographer from Kuwait with a 10-year background in commercial photography. Always ready to apply a variety of creative approaches to capture images that will best meet clients’ wishes. With an MFA in Fine Art Photography and a passion for street photography, Yousef’s attention to detail and love for creating “candidly composed” images is a running theme in his work. His commercial work has been published in multiple issues of Kuwait’s number one English magazine, and in the United Kingdom he has been published in The Economist, The Telegraph, The Guardian and Vice. Now, entering the world of magazines and graphic design, Yousef is the Creative Director of The Indie Guide!

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