Here Are The Best Indie Shops Recommended by Valerie Carr

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Valerie Valerie’s Valerie Carr Shares Her Favourite Independents.

Valerie Carr is the designer behind Valerie Valerie, creating wonderful cards, gifts and homewares from original watercolour designs. Valerie’s unique design style sets her collection apart from the ordinary and so we knew her eye for quality and great design would result in some great indie picks.

We asked Valerie to share her favourite independent shops, both online and in the real world.

The Dybdahl Company

Henrik Dybdahl is a heritage adventurer. He has a passion for print and produces truly original images that make you smile. Henrik is a personal friend and his Danish outlook on life is always positive and sociable, as is the Danish way, and his quirky sense of humour is apparent in his products. Lovely man with a lovely company!


I visited Loop in Camden Passage, Islington last Summer. It’s a beautifully adorned shop with the sales area downstairs with yarns, books and haberdashery, and then a ‘working’ space upstairs. They offer products and helpful ideas, and the colourful way they present things is really charming. It’s such a homely shop, I had difficulty leaving.

The Shoe Embassy

I love this company. Their shoes are really well made, well priced, especially for such good quality and design. I love the presentation on the website, especially the moving bits!

Food for Thought

This vegetarian restaurant is in a basement in the heart of Covent Garden. It’s my favourite veggie restaurant because the food is so, so tasty! They serve no fuss but incredibly flavoursome vegetarian dishes. You have to queue and the queue usually goes up the stairs and quite a way along the street.  I have eaten there lots of times. I loathe queues but this one is always worth the wait. They sell a great cook book too available on the premises and online.

Duke of Uke

They have a passion for UKE! Fantastic atmosphere and keeping music vibrant, they sell Ukeleles and also offer lessons. I like the style of the website too, lots of fun.


Imprint design, make and sell a lovely range of products. They are mostly paper products using eco-friendly, 100% vegetable oil-based inks plus ceramic mugs.  Founded by three creative people, a painter, a textile artist and ceramicist, this company produce some beautiful work, presented in a clean, crisp website.

Shine Ink

Shine Ink design gorgeous metallic temporary tattoos. I’m not a fan of tattoos but these are beautiful and especially as they are temporary. The photography is stunning. Great idea, great product and good looking website.

Thank you Valerie Carr!

& don’t forget to check out the gorgeous indie that is Valerie Valerie. You can start right here with the Valerie Valerie showcase in the Piccadilly Lane directory.


Posted by Charlotte 8:00 8/02/17

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