An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
25 Feb 11

novedades dorins

Barcelona label Novedades Dorins makes those timeless wardrobe staples that you’ll want to buy multiple items of.  Her range is based on bold retro printed skirts stitched onto easy stretch cotton t-shirts and tanks.  Clothes to live in.  Buy on Dawanda or follow her blog.

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21 Feb 11

in my backyard

Handmade designer brooches, bags, pouches and paper products from In My Backyard from way down south in New Zealand.  Follow her blog or buy her treasures on Felt and Etsy.

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14 Feb 11

martice

Martice is a busy student at Leiden University in The Netherlands who makes cute stuff in her spare time.  Most of her items are knitted, including these charmingly simple textile necklaces.  She also makes laptop and iPod cozies, ceramic tile earrings and knitted pears!  Find her on Etsy and Dawanda.

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24 Jan 11

yorktown road

Beautifully folded, pleated and creased bags, clutches and purses are what Yorktown Road do best.  Usually working with linen, they’ve recently produced some designs in recycled leather.  Feast your eyes on their brightly-coloured beauties in their Big Cartel store, their Etsy store, or just be their friend on Facebook.

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09 Dec 10

nina fuehrer

I found Nina Fuehrer a few years ago at a small designer pop-up shop, where I bought one of her knitted fishes to give as a gift and never gave it away!  So I was happy to see that she’s still designing and that her talents have spread beyond accessories and into clothing.  You can place an order through her site – it’s all in German, but you’ll figure it out if you really want one of those gorgeous denim dresses or cute mohair pussycat bags!

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09 Nov 10

elinart

Elin Thomas’s work has its roots in lichen and fungi.  Using crochet and embroidery techniques to imitate nature, she creates tactile, organic forms in a range of colours and incorporates them into art, accessories and and home furnishings.  Her work has been featured at The Natural History Museum in London and The Museum of Craft in San Francisco.  Buy from her Etsy store or read about what she’s up to on her blog.

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03 Sep 10

thongbai tatong

One-woman show from the Netherlands.  Her loosely collection-based and limited edition runs are for sale via her Etsy store.  Clothing, scarves and bags in her ‘cool craft’ textile collage style.  She also blogs about her latest designs, if you just can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

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28 Aug 10

el moco

Limited edition super graphic design printed on tshirts, dresses, skirts and accessories in their Dawanda store and their Etsy store.  How can I describe their unique style?  Modern surrealism infused with mad doodles and street art style?  Just go have a look for yourself already.

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27 Aug 10

hardtroze

I’ve been following Hardtroze for some years now and their handbags just keep getting better.  Their beautiful limited-edition designs are handmade in Amsterdam.  New designs go online at 12 noon on the first Monday of every month when the Amsterdam ‘lunch alarm’ goes off.  The site is a little bit of a Dutch/English mix, but if you want these bags hard enough, you’ll find your way to the checkout.

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16 Aug 10

lisa stickley

Adorable bags, home furnishings and tableware.  Artist and designer Lisa Stickley is quickly gaining success with her contemporary retro designs, now selling at Liberties and the Tate Modern.  Much of it is produced in her original London studio, but she also uses off-shore production.  You can buy her stuff online via her website.

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