CONSCIOUS GIFT GUIDE

11 INDEPENDENT BRANDS & MAGS TO SUPPORT THIS HOLIDAY

 

Veja | Vegan Line

Veja is a footwear brand using organic materials to produce high quality footwear and accessories. They are serious about transparency and fair trade sourcing. The soles are made using natural rubber sourced from rubber tappers in the amazon rainforest. Read more about the process on their website.

£75 - £99

Daniel W. Fletcher

Daniel W. Fletcher is a London based contemporary menswear brand, established in 2015 after Daniel Fletcher graduated from Central Saint Martins. With a focus on casual luxury and a powerful political message, each collection combines timeless shapes and fine fabrics with motifs that react to and comment on social issues. The pieces are designed and manufactured here in London.

£45 - £1000

Ladybeard

Ladybeard is a feminist publication that takes the form and format of the glossy magazine but revolutionises the content. They take themes under-represented and misrepresented by the mainstream: their second issue focuses on the mind, reimagining our mental landscape. The Mind Issue aims to open up our expectations for life by telling stories that celebrate richness and complexity.

£7

Rozalina Burkova

Rozalina Burkova is an illustrator and animator living and working in London. Many of her pieces are available as high quality giclee prints. She is currently doing a residency at Print Club London where she is also producing some limited edition screen prints.

£2.50 - £50

Amelie Pichard x Pamela Anderson | Vegan Collaboration

Amelie Pichard and Pamela Anderson have collaborated on an amazing vegan footwear range. They are designed and made in France using Alcantara (100% carbon neutral) and other non toxic products. 10% of the proceeds got to The Pamela Anderson Foundation.

€25 - €375

South East London Journal 

The South East London Journal is a free, local, independent journal. It's published four times a year and you can find it in more than 100 stockists across South East London. They also have an online shop where you can buy limited stock back issues of the journal with an option to subscribe to a years delivery for just £16, plus a range of lovely prints.

£5 - £55

 

Milkwood

Based on the Kent Coast, Milkwood combine completely natural, eco friendly soy wax with custom blends of essential oils, giving a clean, slow burn and a gentle but effective scent. They believe that natural and ethical materials result in a higher quality product; there is absolutely nothing synthetic used in the candles, and every single one of their essential oils are 100% pure and aromatherapy grade - no fragrance oils or paraffin wax here!

£12 - £24

Pylot

Pylot is a fashion and fine art magazine based in London, pioneering all analogue photography with no beauty retouching. You can buy the current 'Excess' issue on their website.

£10

Toast

Toast sources surplus bread, toasts it and combines it with malted barley, hops, yeast and water. They launched with local friends Hackney Brewery and are currently brewing with Hambleton Ales in Yorkshire. Profits from the sale of Toast Ale go to Feedback, an environmental organisation that campaigns to end food waste at every level of the food system.

£2.50

Slowdance Ts

Slowdance is a music, art and fashion collective with beautiful art direction and super cool T's.

£10

Elliss

And of course ELLISS. We are based in Hackney. We create jersey wear, from bodies to underwear using soft, organic fabrics with unusual details and prints. The pieces are manufactured in London for the brand to maintain a low carbon footprint. We have just launched our first collection Unconscious Clothing - available here on our website. We want the women who buy our clothes to not necessarily be looking for something eco friendly, but to choose a piece because of the design – to unconsciously be conscious.

£30 - £150

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