Before I get on with this weeks blog post I would just like to thank all 100 of you who have chosen to follow me the past few months, the posts have been a bit erratic lately with exams and other things going on, but since exams are over I will be spending more time on my blog with consistent uploads, hopefully, on Wednesdays and Saturdays each week.
For this weeks blog post I wanted to touch upon something I feel passionately about. I don’t support too many designer brands, don’t get me wrong they’re brilliant but you tend to pay for the brand name, with questionable origins to where the items have come from. I like to go for more handcrafted items, which is customised and personal to you. You can speak directly to the designer and crafters who are more than happy to accommodate design changes (especially if its hand-made), and you can really get something that is personal and tailored to you. Over the past year I have accumulated a few items from smaller brands and I’m in love with them, and have had nothing but positive experience with them.
To begin this list I wanted to pick one of my ultimate brands that started off this whole love affair of ‘indie’ brands. I discovered Alice when hunting for a some jewellery for my ear piercings. After sketching up a few ideas and a small conversation with Alice and her sister I received the most beautiful pieces. I was able to discuss measurements, design ideas and also optional extras. I chose silver for this design but she also has gold and rose gold (my personal favourite). I received the pieces a few weeks later in the most stunning packaging and the jewellery has held up so well. My next purchase will be some of her rose gold pieces for sure, there has been so many new listings lately, and they’re all sooo beautiful!!
This was a very recent purchase all the way from Germany. I spent a while scouting out the perfect key chain for my new car (more on than in a future blog post) but many fell just short until I stumbled across this little beauty. I fell in love with the colours of this as well as the materials, genuine leather and fur, sadly not vegan friendly but I wanted something that would stand the longevity of daily use as a key ring. It is the softest material I have ever felt and I absolutely adore it. Once again I got in contact with the lovely etsy owner who was more than happy to shrink the size of the tassels slightly to make it more functional and change the lobster claw to a jump ring for the same cost. It arrived in perfect timing and I could not be happier. If you’re interested in the exact tassel key ring you can find it here.
After entering a competition late in 2016 I was selected as a winner for this stunning print of my favourite place in the world… the FAROE ISLANDS! I was so great-full to be chosen as one of the winners and I was so delighted to know I had won a print of my dream destination. This print came with a lovely handwritten note adding such a personal touch to the photography print, with follow up emails from Rapha one of the team members who was checking I had a positive experience. The print is such high quality the pictures I took do not do it justice in any way.
I’m sure this is one company you have become familiar with after my Minimal Jewellery blog post. If you are not familiar with this brand I reccomend you check out my blog post about them. I adore this company I just wish they did jewellery in rose gold. I would class this company as small to medium in size with growing popularity. And no wonder, their pieces are stunning and such good quality. The picture you see here is just a small collection of what I own from them as there is so many styles to choose from. Customer service is always amazing with these companies they’re happy to answers any questions and always get back to you in a reasonably quick amount of time.
I have found so many unique and interesting products this past year that you cannot find on the high street. They are all beautiful in their own way and it is lovely to find bespoke, handmade items at prices that are affordable. I reccomend giving the handcrafted, self run stores a shot before your reach for that designer bag as there is so many companies out their who create truly spectacular items and in most cases, they are happy to cater to your needs.
Have I changed your opinion of designer or small brands, if so what things are you willing to give a try?