Our favourite indie brands
You’ll have heard the Shop Small mantra before, but especially in the last 18 months.
This time last year, in the midst of on/off lockdowns, we wrote about why Shopping Small is so important. And, more excitingly, so easy to do!
As a small gang, we are incredibly proud to be part of the huge community of indie businesses in the UK. We adore independents. They’re real grafters and the life blood of UK high streets. Whether they’re passionate innovators or traditional to the core, they support our local communities and work damn hard to boot!
Now, we’re not saying you can shop small every day (as much as I would love to, my bank account screams no), but if everyone bought just one product from a small indie a week, you’d be helping keep a whole lot of businesses running.
A handmade card, a beautifully scented candle, a pack of traditional sausages – whatever it is, I can guarantee you’ll be helping keep your local high street alive and kicking.
So, since it continues to be a strange old time, here’s just a few of our favourite indies who totally deserve your support…
Ran by sisters Oonagh and Jenny, we’re HUGE fans of The Marshmallowist. Proving that impeccable taste and creativity run in the family, these two are behind some of our favourite confectionery. Their artisan Teacakes are, quite simply, a work of art – you almost don’t want to eat them!
If, like me, you love prints more than you should, you really need to check out Sarah Cemmick’s work. Influenced by wildlife, Sarah uses traditional techniques to create her beautiful pieces. Her Seafood prints are my absolute fave – check them out here.
A clothing company like no other. Community Clothing are a social enterprise who produce cracking affordable clothing in some of the UKs most deprived areas (offering much needed quality employment). Every single garment is made in the UK and they’re crafted from sustainable, natural materials – what’s not to love!
Quintessentially British Gin crafted lovingly by Justine & Luke (who just got married, woohoo). Taking inspiration from the British countryside, each of their small batch gins are distilled with unique botanical blends. Their second signature gin, Country Market, is a stunner. Think savoury notes of beetroot, basil and thyme – it’s the perfect base for a Bloody Mary if you’re not into vodka.
Founded by self-taught artist Bonnisa Moore in 2018, you can expect earrings, plates and bowls with minimalist style at its foundation. Each piece is made individually in small batches, with gorgeous earthy tones and stunning textures.
Fancy learning a little more about Shopping Small and Supporting Local?
Take a look at Totally Locally’s campaign here.