To champion these brands, their products and the people behind the success, we'd like to introduce you to five of them, all of whom have either created awe inspiring products, a story worth sharing or lastly, one to watch for the future... I hope you enjoy our selection and keep checking back in as this journal series will once again become a regular feature for us.
Frida from Manchester, England is a ceramicist working from a small shared studio in Manchester producing hand built and thrown stoneware pots. Frida's work was brought to my attention as far back as 2017, when Frida created an illustration featuring a pair of our bestselling earrings, to sell on her online store.
Frida's creations are simply beautiful. Her work consists of minimal, functional, utilitarian pieces that can be appreciated and used in everyday life. Her handmade pots are intended for the dinner table to be enjoyed by those with a passion for eating, drinking, enjoying good company and bringing people together. Frida uses natural glazes with simple forms, often allowing the bare clay to be exposed to show its simple beauty and raw material. For more creations by Frida, her background and shop, please follow the below links and get to know Frida...
If you head down to the newly opened Coal's Drop Yard, King X, a visit to Earl of East is an absolute must. Founded in 2014 by Niko Dafkos and Paul Firmin, Earl of East has become a prominent, inspirational and leading example in the independent brands world. What started as a shared passion project has grown organically from side-hustle to business with a team of 18 located in London, leading the team to win the 2019 'Lifestyle Boutique of the Year' award.
A love of fragrance and a desire to build something of their own led to the development of a line of home fragrance products, which has since expanded from three candles to a line that includes, candles, incense, home mists and bath and body products, all of which are produced by Earl of East in East London.
Weaving creativity, curation, collaboration and community into everything they do, the team have gone on to open two stores/studios, supporting independent brands. This allowed them to bring life to the pillars, hosting workshops of their own and providing a space for other creatives to do the same.
Consistently catching my eye over on Instagram at the moment is the works of 'MW Makes', a leather goods brand set up by Michelle Wong in 2017. Developed through a passion for design and craftsmanship, Michelle creates handcrafted leather goods for the everyday. Influenced by a background in architecture, each item is carefully designed with an emphasis on simple geometries, clean lines and functionality.
After falling in love with her designs, catching my eye next is Michelle's eye for colour. Her collection is full of rich, on trend colours, bringing an extra layer to an already beautiful collection.
Head on over to MW Makes store and social pages to discover the collections and more on her crafting processes.
Back in 2018 after a visit to our staff in Topshop New York, a fellow concession owner in store gave me the heads up that a beautiful store in Williamsburg, NY by the name of 'The Vale Collective' were preparing to hold a market space in their exterior garden space for brands to introduce their product to casual Sunday market lovers. Following a quick online research session into the store, we contacted TVC to acquire space at the market. Fast forward one market, two seasons and several months later, The Vale Collective much to our joy, have been showcasing A Weathered Penny products in store.
The partnership grew based on The Vale's dedication to bringing customers hard to find fashion from all around the world, with a focus on emerging Australian, British and US designers. Spending five minutes browsing the stores collections and you very quickly see why the store has become a hotspot for locals and tourists alike. Showcasing brands from all over the world offering a wide variety of products allows The Vale to stand out, additionally, this conscious effort to be different in a world full of similarity and repeats makes the store and their wonderful team a must-see.
Kirsty our senior wholesale co-ordinator brought 'Cedar' to my attention very recently. Their wonderful collection of candles not only carries an incredible scent (Kirsty loved the Amber & Lavender candle) but the packaging design is both thoughtfully planned and irresistible to the eye.
Hand-poured in their Manchester based studio, Cedar is all about simplicity, and this ethos is reflected in both their elegant designs and the ingredients they use. Their long lasting candles contain only 100% natural soy wax that is then combined with a unique blend of the highest-quality fragrances and essential oils, all of which are Paraben free. Head over to their online store, pick up a wonderful gift for yourself, or someone special and encourage a little 'me time' this Winter.
Part 2 of Meet the Makers & Curators coming soon. Stay tuned...