An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
04 Apr 11

esther coombs

Love Esther Coombs’s work.  She does hand-drawn illustrations on vintage dinnerware and textiles.  All are done in pen and ink style and most are of buildings or architectural features.  All made in the UK.  Read more about her and her technique on her website or buy from her Etsy store.

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01 Apr 11


Geometric twists, turns, pleats and tucks are the hallmarks of Italian label, Ninù.  Designer Sandra Comas makes everything by hand, creating bags, clothing and occasionally jewelery.  You can follow her blog for sneak previews or buy from one of her online stores, at Etsy or Supermarket.


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28 Mar 11

rose la biche

Urban design label rose la biche repurposes t-shirts, dresses, hoodies and more by adding flaps, frills, ruffles and rosettes.  Seemingly simple transformations turn comfortable wardrobe basics into nonchalantly sophisticated designer clothes.  Buy them for yourself from her Etsy store.

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25 Mar 11

veronica vartic

Lovely leather belts, spats, wristbands and bags all handmade by Veronica Vartic in Belguim.  I particularly like her long, loopy feather belts for everyday minimalist hippie style…  Buy from her Etsy shop and or check out her website.


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07 Mar 11


Ampule creations are coaxed into existence in a small studio in Amsterdam by a film maker and artist who also happens to be a friend of mine!  A woman of many talents with a rampant imagination and exacting technical standards, her designs have been selling for some time at pop-up shops and to private clients, but are just recently available on Etsy.  Bold graphics and tongue-in-cheek black humour are themes in her work, including her latest collection Historical Figures: Decapitated Women.  Guaranteed to turn heads!

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28 Feb 11

signora luna

Get your Italian designer paper jewelery from Signora Luna.  Hand-folded and lacquered to give it a protective layer.  Ideal for a first anniversary gift, definitely a conversation-piece, but not for singing in the shower.  Available on Etsy.

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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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14 Feb 11


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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31 Jan 11


Super-sophisticated Sylvia66 was born to knit!  Everything from textile jewelery to wraps and shrugs, it all exudes attention to detail and professional craftsmanship.  Her designs are often romantic and luxurious, and always made of high quality fibres and materials.  Buy on Etsy or follow her blog.

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17 Jan 11

la casa de cotó

Crochet cushions!  And some lovely rugs.  Hand-hooked by La Casa de Cotó in Barcelona in fresh and fruity colours.  Buy them on Etsy or follow their blog (in Spanish, but with eye candy that speaks all languages).

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