I have had a busy week with lots of London trips all around the city, which means my bank balance isn’t happy but I am. With two shows: Spirit of Summer & Grow London I’ve been celebrating the sun with fashion & homeware. SO here are the things I have picked up and a little about the artists & brands that offered something a little special & made me take out my wallet.
Irene Werner has a deep & passionate relationship with the South Africa craft society, mixing her design ideas with talented processes and textiles from the exotic continent. Her embroidery is where the bulk of her stock is but I was drawn to a selection of colourfully glazed bowls on her Spirit of Summer stall. At just £14 I couldn’t help but add one to my collection/slight obsessive pile of gorgeous decorative dishes.
Rare Pear was one my last stalls at Spirit of Summer, I was drawn in by the mint trunk under her desk then stuck around to look at her leather goods. Half cute little pumps and half shoulder bags in varied leather colours & finishes. I ended up with the larger Esme bag in a navy sort of cracked leather with a deep brown strap, with a stall discount it went from £100 to £80. Just big enough for essentials and apparently a toy spiderman if you have one of those (or your son does I suppose).
It’s been a while since my last ring purchase, with stacking rings being the trend I wanted something that would blend with my other silver jewellery. With a raw finish Victoria’s pieces have lots of charm and styles for all ages. Her charm pieces are my favourite, with a matching feather bracelet on my wish list.
£18 /ring £25 charm bangle
Beaumont & James are a duo from London inspired by the cities sartorial history & injecting it with their own impactful colour vibrant style. With a distinctly British style one of their artist inspired pocket squares made the perfect gift for my uncles 60th birthday thats coming up. Unique & top quality, B&J products offer the wearer timeless style while still expressing their own individuality.
Their stand at Spirit of Summer. £45 pocket Square. They have been spreading British style in the USA this summer so expect a high demand for them soon.
Caurnie Soaperie – I was glad to see Caurnie at Grow London last weekend as they weren’t at Spirit like I thought they would be. I can’t live without some of their natural soap to get me through the year. I buy from them regularly twice a year, their nettle soap works wonders for eczema or just poor old hands who need all natural ingredients. It’s my Nan’s go to gift, always. 3 bars for £10
Geo-Fleur is the brain child of Sophie Lee with a little help from her friendly flourist mum she threw herself in to the succulent trend with both feet. I see her on the fair circuit but she is stepping her game up display wise after a few wedding fairs its looking really polished. Her Grow London stand was getting the attention it deserved, but I nipped in quick for a mini concrete/ bronze sprayed pot & a plant mister. Check out her workshops they are a must!
Garden Brocante This vintage salvager makes just three appearances a year at RHS Chelsea, Grow London & RHS Hampton court, specialising in antique garden props & features. Their blue tinted tin pots, kettles, buckets & bowels are the big seller and take the rest of the year to find & tidy up. I rummaged and chose an ornate kettle for myself and a almost milk pale for mum who put it immediately in the garden to stew, £18 & £28 respectively.
Brie Harrison This is the last thing I bought, and by no means least; I went back for one of illustrator Brie’s botanical prints, and took my sweet time deciding which one I want. Her pattern work takes lots of inspiration from nature and all gets made in her East London studio. She was a perfect fit for the Grow London show and I hope to continue seeing more of her. Limited Edition print £28.
I try as much as I can to support new businesses, designer makers and of course British made products, I want to know my money is going to the right places but that I am also getting something unique with a little thought behind it. Now don’t get me wrong I also bought soil, plants etc in Haskins & loads of pens and a kimono pattern in Hobby craft, it isn’t always possible. However support independent retailers and home grown creative talent is something close to my heart its why I try to write about them as much as possible. You know it’s not just cause I really enjoy shopping! Well I do… but the support is real too.