For the beginning part of the new season I have chosen the best selling Crinkle Cotton program from Aequamente which layers easily and is perfect for now. Our colour palette has several shades of grey which I love, they can be worn with simple blacks & whites and then lifted with colour as it gets warmer.Continue Reading
The start of the year should be slow and easy in line with the season. We’re still “wintering” after all and nature’s still in hibernation. For many of us that’s easier said than done with busy family life and work commitments but we invite you to embrace a positive winter mindset and take time to nurture yourself.Continue Reading
How to shop the sales sustainably.
Shopping mindfully means taking care to only buy what you truly need while resisting those more impulsive buys which can be made all the more tempting by clever marketing!
So, where to start… our golden rule when it comes to buying sale goods is ‘if I wouldn’t buy it full price I’m not buying it in the sale.” That can take restraint when prices are slashed but becomes so much easier with planning ahead.
All wrapped up... ideas on sustainable wrapping using natural materials.
I have always loved the simple act of wrapping gifts, it’s one of the most pleasurable parts of gifting and the time I set aside each year for the wrapping of my Christmas gifts is one of my favourite Christmas traditions.
According to an online search it’s estimated that 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away at Christmas. Glossy, glittery and textured wrap may look pretty but they contain significant amounts of micro-plastics making them impossible to fully recycle.
Bundle dying by Dove & Myrtle.
There are many ways to naturally dye fabrics for creative projects or to refresh a much loved garment or faded cushion slip and one of our favourite methods is botanical bundle dyeing. Relatively new, bundle dyeing is the process of using natural materials such as petals, flowers, leaves and vegetable matter to imprint the hues and patterns of nature onto fabric. With a little practice, know how and experimenting, it’s possible to to create the most beautiful colours and effects.Continue Reading
We are in love with this sustainable Spanish brand influenced by the environment, tradition art, architecture & antique jewellery from a time gone by.
Designer and maker Gema founded her brand in Madrid in 2014 whilst working as museum and exhibition architect. Her background is evident in the timeless pieces she creates taking influence from the La Mancha countryside, and developed with a sculptural will.
Our October Maker of the Month is our Studio 50 neighbour and friend, Dove & Myrtle. Dove & Myrtle is a luxury bespoke studio florist specialising in romantic and joyful garden style florals for weddings and events throughout Sussex.
Alongside her bespoke wedding work, over the last few years, founder Jane has fallen head over heels in love again with dried flowers so once the wedding season starts to slow down around the start of autumn, her studio becomes a hive of activity as she starts weaving wreaths from all the flowers, seed pods and grasses collected, saved and dried throughout the year.
makers month, September.
Ancient + Brave started as all good businesses do, by seeing the opportunity to do things differently. Founder, Kate Prince, set out to meticulously source the most exceptional ingredients with sustainability, traceability and ethical manufacturing at the heart of everything they do.
Combining her knowledge of formulation and a passion for creating a truly sustainable business - Ancient + Brave was born.
early autumn style.
The start of each new season is always exciting for us but we absolutely love autumn dressing.
Textures become rich and the colour palette darkens as we transition into cooler days. We are so pleased to have Danish designer Henrik Vibskov under our woven umbrella this season; interesting silhouettes and fabrics, many of which are recycled. We feel this brand adds something to our mix and pushes the boundaries for us.