I’ve been doing my Christmas shopping this week, mainly with a focus on buying from British, small businesses, artists and craftspeople (a couple of overseas designers have crept in). I’ve loved building connections throughout the year, mainly using Instagram, to find such interesting and dedicated people. Heres a selection of some of my favourites.
Starting with art….
I’ve been following Rachel on Instagram for a few months now and I love her dark heroines, with their confrontational glares. This is the latest in her print series. Entitled ‘Eve’, its approx 52cm and part of an Edition of 10. £195, contact Rachel directly via her website.
British photographer Paul Hart has his first solo show of landscape work, ‘Poetry of Place’ at The Photographers Gallery in Jan 2018. His images are so incredibly beautiful and soulful. The Photographers Gallery are selling an edition of 50, 8×10″ for £300 unframed. Larger prints are also available.
I’m a big fan of artist Charming Baker’s dark humour and interesting aesthetic; we have a couple of his works at home. This is a fairly large print at £720, in an edition of 80, 76×94″ from Jealous Gallery (a ten month interest free purchase option is available).
Evra’s Lebanese founder Tamara Zantout lives in London. Merging tradtional and contemporary design, her statement pieces are beautifully made and incredibly versatile. Available from Kabiri £200.
Sussex based Sarah Parham founded SVP as a way to offer beautiful rings with adjustable bands, meaning they can be worn on different fingers and stacked in different ways. Her artist background led her to develop a range of the most beautiful coloured gemstones from ethical sources in India, made from recycled silver and gold. SVP rings start from just £25.
Gifts for the home
I love Monocle’s brilliant range of merchandise. This brass incense holder makes an elegant gift – particularly good for men. £90 from Monocle.
These vases are incredible. I can’t decide which is my favourite. A minimalist and playful collection of five vases inspired by Art Print Impressionism in the late 19th century, they’re designed to subtly reflect and refract colour. £149 for one vase or £745 for all 5 from Monologue.
I visited Caro in Bruton a week ago. Its AMAZING. Full of gorgeous wares that are beautifully styled. This little silk lobster cushion stood out for me. £63 from Caro Somerset
I love this Plant box from Geo-Fleur in Yorkshire. I actually need to renew my subscription as it ran out a few months ago, but it was brilliant – every month a new plant would arrive in a gorgeous little pot. I still have them all! Monthly subscription £20-24 depending on which option you go for from Geo-Fleur.
I came across Hertfordshire based FiMi at my daughter’s school Christmas fair. They not only smell delicious (and use ecofriendly, paraffin free soya wax), but they come in artist hand painted glass jars which can be reused. Burning time is approx. 50 hours. and each candle is presented in a beautiful FiMi gift box. £35 from FiMi
Donald Robertson is one of the fashion world’s favourite illustrators, known as “the Andy Warhol of Instagram.” Featuring witty anecdotes and quotes from industry leaders, fashion designers, and the artist’s many collaborators and muses, this book is a collector’s item and at £34 makes a brilliant gift from Amazon.
Austin Austin are father and daughter Bessie and Richard Austin. Produced in East Anglia, their small but wonderful range of products are vegan and organic, presented in elegant packaging. I *may* have self gifted already….. (free shipping over £20) Hand Soap £13 from Austin Austin
This stuff doesn’t last long in our house! The most delicious chocolate, handmade in Suffolk. This gift box makes a perfect gift for Dad’s and brothers – ten single origin bars varying in percentage and accompanied by tasting notes. The box can be reused. £60 from Pump Street Bakery.
Cult Vinegars are unpasturised Vinegars that retain their live bacteria and are considered as being good for health. Vinegar is thought to help with conditions such as arthritis, skin conditions and numerous gut conditions. They taste pretty good too! Can be taken alone or with food (chips – yum). From £10 at Cult Ceramics.
Last but not least…
Ok so not British or small business, but just completely and utterly wonderful…. LouLou sunglasses from St Laurent…. Mr Jones, are you paying attention??!
£251 from Shade Station