I shop a lot, just putting it out there! I am lucky enough to work with and have the pleasure of knowing so many amazing people in retail from store owners to brand founders. It means that when it comes to having to buy gifts I have an entire black book of independent designer & makers to choose from. Some you can find in the real world stocked at wonderful bricks ‘n’ mortar institutions, others found on amazing online platforms.
So now it is nearly December, prime Christmas shopping time, I thought I would share where I am going to be going this year for my under the tree gems. Some are permanent shops but others a pop-up markets just for the Christmas period, so take note of dates & times. If you know me, you’ll remember my uncanny ability to pick the perfect gifts. If you need a present recommendation just message me on Instagram or Twitter. Otherwise enjoy the list and happy shopping!
WE BUILT THIS CITY
56B Carnaby Street, London, W1F 9QF
No one celebrates British like Alice! The queen of We Built This City offering up products from loads of talented designers all themed around what makes this country great. Biscuits, TV soaps, boiled sweets, iconic skylines, red buses & of course the queen to name a few of the themes you can choose from. Everything is quality and designed by someone with a genuine love for the city of London and all its quirks.
They have a pop-up at the moment in Camden Market, so if you can’t make it to central London, then North London is calling & you can explore the market while your there.
CRAFTY FOX MARKETS
3 – 4 December 11-5pm / Dogstar, brixton
10 – 11 DECEMBER 11-5pm / Bussey building, peckham
1 & 15 DECEMBER 4-9pm / geffrye museum, hoxton
8 december 4-9pm / museum of london docklands
With a different line up of designers each iteration, Crafty Fox is an ever changing curation of products perfect for someone who wants something unique. Lots of trends followed, creative materials & handmade items to turn your hand at, as well as some more well known names than honour the fairs as alumni’s supporting the organisation that gave them their start.
Brixton was the first venue i ever went to but it is actually one of the smaller of the collection, I recommend both hoxton & the docklands evening fairs for perfect stocking fillers and last minute shopping.
209 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PN, UK
An American chain that has finally graced our shores that is a true contemporary housewares delight. A treasure trouve of furniture and accessories sprinkled with British design products from a well known pool of talent. With workshops, pop up markets & an instore coffee shop you can sit and chill for ages while you think over the lamp selection.
With such a large store you can usually tick lots off things of your list with a little something for everyone on offer. Trend lead products as well as classic pieces that anyone would enjoy.
FUTURE & FOUND
225A Brecknock Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5AA
Future and Found are a curator of an expanding range of their own designs alongside things from designers around the world and vintage market finds. They all have a design aesthetic in common stylish and thoughtfully perfect qualities perfect for great Christmas gifts.
With a wonderful bricks n mortar presence in a little courtyard all their own right next to Tufnell park station they are a great addition to the creative area. their online site is also easy to use if you fancy sofa shopping.
Design Museum Christmas Market
16 – 18 December 10-6pm / 224-238 Kensington High street, London, W8 6AJ
The latest event listing from the Design/Maker group as they tour cultural landmark locations with their stella line up of artists.