Instagram is a great source of inspiration to find individual Makers and Artists who are creating one-off products - which we can’t resist! But, what about the small brands - businesses that are not just about hand made, but are investing in the things we really believe in. We’d like to big-up the smaller brands - to really focus on what makes them special and unique and to think about the kind of businesses we want to thrive in the future.
As shops slowly start to reopen in June and the cogs of our economy hopefully start to turn again, we’d like to share some small brands we really love. Brands with a real conscience that are trying to make a difference to local and global communities; being mindful of the planet whilst still producing really lovely products.
BEE POTION www.beepotion.co.uk @beepotion
An ethical, all natural skincare and wellbeing company which has sustainability and ecology at the heart of their business. Bee Potion produce wonderful all natural bee products and 100% of their profits go into their woodland wellbeing site in Sussex.
ODDBOX www.oddbox.co.uk @oddboxldn
Fruit and vegetable delivery that makes a difference, Oddbox helps save the planet by rescuing surplus fruit and veg directly from farms. Delicious misshapen and surplus produce is delivered to your home. They also distribute their food surplus to food charities and community projects.
GRIND www.grind.co.uk @grind
Grind have their own delicious house blend roasted coffee. It is fairtrade, soil association 100% organic. You can buy for home delivery their beans, ground coffee, or compostable Nespresso pods, all delivered in compostable packaging.
FIORIBLU www.fioriblu.co.uk @fioribluleather
Heni and Rachel have a passion for all things Italian which inspired the creation of Fioriblu, bring the wonderful quality and traditional craftmanship of Italian leather to their collection. Gorgeous handbags (one of which I’ve just received for my birthday), gloves, belts and wallets in chic styles and glorious colours. Their attention to detail and attentive customer service makes them special.
ILK + ERNIE. www.ilkandernie.co.uk @ilkandernie
My daughter absolutely loves Ilk + Ernie. They are a small company based in Brighton and create quality, comfortable and sustainable clothes. Their vision “is to see every woman not only turning heads but having a positive impact on the environment”. They recycle and reuse waste fabrics to produce their clothing collections.