Archive: August 2013

9 of The Best Back to School Essentials

Don’t Let School Start Without These Back to School Essentials.

It’s the time educational thoughts and new school terms take a firmer hold on our days, and so today we’ve been scouring Piccadilly Lane for bright, brilliant and inspirational gifts. Exploring our community of independent designers and shops we’ve collected a top ten of ‘back to school’ essentials.


1. Forget Me Not Magnetic Noticeboard from Sorella, £59.00

It doesn’t matter whether you’re facing a first term at primary school, sixth form or university, there will always be plenty off things to remember. PE kits, exam dates and course deadlines can easily be kept in mind with this simple, yet stylish Forget Me Not Magnetic Noticeboard from Sorella.

Oscar Wilde Mug by Cole of London
2. Oscar Wilde Mug by Cole of London, £10.00

Start the learning early each morning with a Cole of London mug. Decorated with inspiring quotes and interesting facts from the great and the good of history, science and literature. We love this Oscar Wilde Mug for “thinking while drinking”.


3. Page One Notebook from Karenza Paperie, £7.00

A stylish notebook if a must-have and we love these Page One Notebooks from Karenza Paperie. High quality notebooks in cool grey and your choice of contrasting bright colour.


4. Patterned Pencil Set by Caroline Gardner, £8.85

Once you’ve got the notebook sorted it’s on to other stationery essentials. The Caroline Gardner collection has a wonderful array of exercise books, sticky notes and pens, but we just love this Patterned Pencil Set with funky Caroline Gardner prints.


5. Embroidered Felt Pencil Case by SewLomax, £16.00

The perfect storage for all your school supplies can be found in the SewLomax shop. Their new collection of bags and accessories has three fantastic pencil case designs for kids of all ages. We adore this Embroidered Felt Pencil Case with funky stitched design and contrasting fuschia zip.

Music Glasses Case by Which Glasses Are Which

6. Music Glasses Case by Which Glasses Are Which?, £9.95

Nowhere is a glasses case more essential than in a backpack crammed with books, stationery, PE kits and lunch. With bespoke designs for music, reading and driving, Glasses Cases by Which Glasses are Which? are a great way to stay organised and keep glasses safe during the hectic school term.


childrens-puppy-birthday-card by Studio Seed

7. Children’s Greeting Cards by Studio Seed, £2.50

Although we can’t predict the future, we’re pretty sure that a school term will bring countless kids birthday parties. Stay ahead of the game by stockpiling a few fun greeting cards from Studio Seed’s Carnival Children’s Range.


8. Imagination Art Print by Coulson Macleod, £15.00

Now we probably shouldn’t be saying that knowledge isn’t important but we do love the power of imagination! For kids more suited to the creative life than the academic we love this Coulson Macloed ‘Imagination’ print.


9. My Favourite Things Keepsake Tin by Peel and Sardine, £16.99

Our last ‘back to school’ pick is this delightful My Favourite Things Keepsake Tin from Peel and Sardine. The sturdy construction, big size and bright illustration makes it a perfect place to store school day treasures. Great for the safe storage of all your school day memories from first drawings and exercise books to certificates and photos.

Now you’ve seen our list, we want to hear from you. What are your school day essentials? Leave us a comment below!

Posted by Charlotte 16:30 31/08/13
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Fantastic Reasons to Love Laura Felicity

Laura Felicity is a Designer-Maker You Need to Know.

Today we’re taking a closer peek at the lovely design studio and online shop of London-based Designer-Maker Laura Felicity. Here’s our top three reasons why we LOVE Laura’s collection of handmade gifts and homewares.


1. Great British Craftsmanship

Laura is passionate about continuing Britain’s tradition of quality craftsmanship and puts incredible care and attention into each stage of the design and production. All of the gifts and homeware pieces start life with hand-drawn patterns, which are then professionally silk screen printed onto quality materials sourced in the UK.


2. A Touch of Luxury

From the silk screen-printed greetings cards to the handmade coasters, the Laura Felicity collection bring a little touch of luxury to everyday life. Quality materials, impeccable craftsmanship, a soft colour palette and intricate layered-designs all combine to make Laura’s gift and homeware collection truly special.


3. Added Elegance

Inspired by the beauty and delicacy to be found in patterns, Laura’s design style combines an eclectic mix of patterns, layered to create a unique, contemporary style. Inspired by shabby chic interiors and based on classic rustic looks, Laura’s gifts and homewares use a minimalist colour palette to create their elegant, soothing look.


Explore Laura’s collection now!

Posted by Charlotte 15:32 22/08/13

Fantastic Reasons to Love Caroline Gardner Gifts

Caroline Gardner Gifts Are Adding Style to Your Present Giving.

For today’s featured indie shop we wanted to share a closer look at the Caroline Gardner gifts collection.

While the Caroline Gardner Publishing brand has become known for their cool, contemporary designs of greeting cards and stationery, we think their latest gift collection is well worth a look.

So without further ado, here’s a few reasons why we LOVE Caroline Gardner gifts & why we think you should take a closer look at their collection.

1. Top Quality

Caroline Gardner is one of the most respected independent greeting card and stationery designers in the UK. The company’s beautiful paper products and high quality gift range are well-respected for the attention to detail that goes into every stage of the design process. From the patterns on a notebook or type on a card to the gift boxes for the candles and diffusers, every element is beautifully presented for the perfect card and gift.


2. Contemporary Designs

Caroline Gardner’s quirky yet sophisticated designs are brought to life with traditional printing techniques including letterpress and die stamping. With stylish settings, beautiful florals and cool typography there’s a wonderful selection of greeting cards and gifts for every occasion. The signature style of colourful prints and bold patterns to be found in the Caroline Gardner collection make for an exciting contemporary range.


3. A One-Stop-Shop

Established as a design force in the world of paper goods, the Caroline Gardner collection has expanded to include stationery, home fragrance and homewares. The new gift products retain all the style and elegance of Caroline Gardner cards, which are adored by design-focused shoppers everywhere. For birthdays, occasions and pay day treats the Caroline Gardner website is a one-stop shop.


See more from the Caroline Gardner now.

Posted by Charlotte 15:22 14/08/13

Fantastic Reasons to Love SewLomax Bags

SewLomax Bags Lead the Way in the World of Stitch.

Today the indie spotlight is firmly focused on the fabulous collection of SewLomax bags.

Created by designer-extraordinaire Emma Lomax, the company is home to a beautifully embroidered, range of ethically-sourced bags. Perfect products that can add a little joy to the every day world.

Here are a few reasons why we LOVE this unique indie company.


1. Enticing Embroidery

SewLomax Founder Emma Lomax is an expert in the art of embroidery and creates unique, witty designs for each of her bags.

The current collection has a variety of bag designs from manly toiletries cases, crafted in a rugged colour palette to cute make up pouches adorned with lipsticks and nail polishes.

The detailed, appealing decoration makes each of the embroidered canvas bags extra special. Making SewLomax bags, cases and pouches  a unique gift idea that will be used and appreciated every day.



2. Quality and Ethical

A fan of the handmade revolution, Emma is passionate about the craftsmanship and quality of the SewLomax bags collection.

Bringing her skill and experience to every stage of the design process, Emma ensures every embroidered bag and pouch is created to the highest quality right here in the UK. This enables her to keep a close eye on the production of the range. Ensuring the use of ethically-sourced materials and good working conditions for everyone involved in every product.



3. Pretty Yet Practical

With great design covered, SewLomax have also made sure that every bag and pouch is practical as well as pretty.

Each make up bags and toiletries pouches are fully lined against accidental spills, and is protected with Scotchguard, which means they’re super easy to wipe clean. Never worry about odd spills or leaking tubs again! Your bags will stay in tip top condition even if the worse happens.

Many of the SewLomax embroidered bags are also designed with internal pockets and elasticated loops. A convenient way to easily store a variety of  bits and bobs.


You’ve seen why we love the collection now explore it for yourself. Visit the SewLomax website.

Posted by Charlotte 17:17 6/08/13

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