Shop better this #IndieFriday
Forget Black Friday... This year it’s all about #IndieFriday! PR Dispatch exists to get independent brands into the press and firmly believe that if we all purchase from local, independent businesses, not only will we boost our local economy, but we will also make a lot of talented, hard working people very happy! So when we saw the Just A Card campaign which encourages people to buy from independent businesses no matter how big or small the purchase, we just had to get involved. Through the campaign we’ve come across lots of independent brands we didn’t know about before and wanted to share them with you so you can shop better this #IndieFriday
MW Makes creates trendy handcrafted leather goods, perfect for everyday life. They even enable customisation and personalisation giving your purchase a unique feel. Business owner Michelle Wong uses vegetable tanned leather, which ages beautifully and forms a patina over time. We love these products.
XOXO DESIGNS BY RUTH
Ruth is an artist who sells the most beautiful cards, motivational prints, cute pins and patches. Why not purchase your Christmas cards from her this year, and even better; 10% of the money made through her Christmas collection will go to Maggie’s Centre. A charity close to Ruth’s heart.
Mica Peet is a small jewellery business based in Southsea, Hampshire. When Mica finished her degree in Fashion Textiles, she had the desire to create a unique collection of affordable, beautiful jewellery, and she has certainly done just that. Take a look at these Terrazzo Circle Earrings that we are absolutely loving!
Specialising in illustrated products and stationary, husband and wife duo Simon and Nicola work from their North Yorkshire studio to create unusual cards and prints which each tell their own visual story. Check out these gorgeous greeting cards below.
KATANA BANANA DESIGNS
Katana Banana Designs was created by Aleks who works from her home studio based in Nottingham. Aleks is greatly influenced by the beauty of the outside world from urban architecture, plant life and landscapes; you can definitely see these influences shining throughout her work.
Jacqueline Colley sells a range of quirky products from cards and prints, to scarfs and throws. Her work is so full of colour and life, we will be sure to purchase from her this #IndieFriday.
LITTLE n AND THE LION
'Little n and the LION’ is a hand made children’s brand. Ellen creates all her organic baby clothing straight from her home utility room whilst her three little ones nap! All the clothing she makes is made from the most unusual, eye catching fabric which is said to be super soft.
ALBIE AND SEBASTIAN
Albie and Sebastian is a children’s clothing brand for children up to the age of six. All the clothing and accessories are designed and handmade by Amie and Carlie who are mums to Albie and Sebastian. Their clothing is so stylish alongside being comfortable and affordable. We absolutely love their designs.
Driven by a passion for craftsmanship and a love of design, Heather’s diverse textiles combine her fascination with materials and process with an experimental edge. We love these cushions available in a range of colours.
MOTHER OF PEARL HANDMADE
Mother of Pearl Handmade is dedicated to making quality handmade children’s products with luxury finishes in beautiful original hand-selected fabrics. We love this tartan range which is perfect for the lead up to Christmas!
KK AND BOO
Gemma is the maker behind KK And Boo. She loves to create traditional childrenswear with a unique modern twist. All pieces are beautifully handmade right here in the UK.
An old friend of ours, Sixton design and make all their accessories in Stockwell Studio. Think eclectic lobster pins and sparkly socks… We are big fans.
Willful North was created by designer Holly Picthall. Her bold scarves are inspired by her love for vivid colour. Take a look at her designs.
Sancho’s is a marketplace for ethical clothing and fair trade gifts based in Exeter. They source organic cotton, bamboo and linen clothing.
ISLAND NATION STUDIO
Island Nation Studio is based in Scotland. Kirsty Lamont works hard to create unique, quality accessories.
HANNAH BATSTONE JEWELLERY
Hannah Batstone is a contemporary handmade jewellery company based in Penryn, Cornwall. Her collections draw inspiration from shapes and colour observed from the landscapes that surround her.
THE COLLECTIVE MARKET
The Collective Market is based in Plumstead, South East London. Run by two mothers, The Collective Market is a business who bring other small, inspirational businesses together, showcasing their work.
TillyBob Bunny was created by wife and mum, Holly who makes gorgeously unique, keep sake bunnies.