We’re very excited to present our Shop Independent Christmas Gifts Guide for 2018!
As you know we champion all things independent + handmade here at The Emperor’s Old Clothes. We’ve had so much fun compiling this year’s gift guide packed full of beautiful + useful gifts made with love from a host of amazingly talented UK independent designers + brands.
To be honest it’s basically my Christmas wish-list (hint hint)…
It’s SO important to support your local + independent businesses especially at this time of year! ?
Where would you rather spend your hard earned cash? On the high street where items are more often than not made overseas for a pittance from polluting materials or from smaller brands who who champion the handmade by paying a living wage, support the development of their teams + consciously create their pieces to cause less harm to the environment??
Without further ado:
Shop Independent Christmas Gifts Guide for 2018
Handmade Laptop Case, £38, The Emperor’s Old Clothes; Handmade Concrete Planter with a Succulent or Cactus, £20, HiCacti; Recycled Brass Monstera Leaf Earrings, £35, Izzie Artisan; Fun recycled card A5 paper-cut notebook, £8.50, Pork Chops Paper Cuts; Silk Yellow Print Scarf, £70, Jennifer Hamley; Hand-painted Enamel Mug, £16.50, Pick Up Sticks Vintage
Made in Brighton, Hi Cacti started in 2015. The pots are inspired by the aesthetics of Mexico and its art, but more specifically their colourful concrete cemeteries.
Beautiful handcrafted Monstera Deliciosa stud earrings in recycled brass made by Izzie Artisan. Add a touch of golden glamour to your outfit with these striking earrings that are sure to turn heads.
PorkChops® paper cut, hand finished, blank paged super-notebooks that will make any discerning note taker, doodler, dreamer or organiser very jealous. Gift messages are also available to make your notebook gifts personal!
In their workshop based in East Sussex, Corinne Taylor makes natural, plant-based aromatherapy products using essential oils. All Corinne Taylor products are 100% free from Palm oil, sls, parabens, synthetic fragrance and mineral oils, and are never animal tested. What’s not to love?!
Calm Himalayan Crystal Bath Salts, £22.95; Inner Peace Soy Aromatherapy Candle, £26.50; Love Aromatherapy Room and Linen Mist, £19.50; Uplift Himalayan Salt Body Scrub, £24.95; All Corinne Taylor Holistic Therapies
Jennifer Hamley’s creations include striking lines, bold colours, innovative features and premium materials. Jennifer’s scarves are hand-drawn and dyed and are made with 100% silk. Also Included with each scarf is a pack of 20 styling cards so you’ll never be stuck on ways to wear your beautiful design!
Sustainable no-roll neck jumper, £125, Zola Amour; Scarlet Red Tiger Lily Lace Lingerie Set, £48, Brighton Lace; Wool Polka Beanie, £45, K.Moods, Orange Vintage Tapestry Purse, £12; Red Shimmer Purse, £12; both The Emperor’s Old Clothes
Zola Amour is a Brighton based sustainable clothing company committed to be 100% transparent with their supply chain. Their entire collection is made using only natural, organic certified fabrics and textiles they can give a second life. Every item by Zola Amour is considered by ensuring all the materials used are fully biodegradable or recyclable.
The Emperor’s Old Clothes is a British clothing label designing and creating beautiful one-of-a-kind clothing & accessories for women and men. We’re dedicated to sustainable fashion working exclusively with vintage fabrics & end-of-roll remnants which would otherwise find their way to landfill. Every item is handmade by our all-female team in our Brighton studio.
Kathleen from K.Moods is a textiles designer and maker who makes sustainable, comfortable knitwear which bring delight through colour. K.Moods aim to be zero waste – so you can wear guilt-free – and create pieces based around the slow fashion ethos.
K.Moods use waste, recycled, or second-hand yarn where they can, and garments last the distance in design and make.
Brighton Lace is a Brighton based lingerie business which was founded by Lou. She cares passionately about creating a sustainable fashion business that gives back – to the individual, local and global community. With the help of two lovely seamstresses, Brighton Lace is a three women team who come together to handcraft every element of their underwear.
‘Dotty Dozen’ Purple Polka Dot Dungarees, £135, The Emperor’s Old Clothes; Mini KT Bag, £325, Jennifer Hamley; Irridescent Green PVC Purse, £18; Irridescent Pink PVC Purse, £18 both Hey Kitsch Kitty; Fun recycled card A5 Papercut Notebook, £8.50, Pork Chops Paper Cuts; Love Aromatherapy Room and Linen Mist, £19.50; Calm Himalayan Crystal Bath Salts, £22.95 both Corrine Taylor Holistic Therapies
All the leathers by Jennifer Hamley are specifically selected, tanned and dyed for their exclusive use. A donation from every bag sale funds an education programme for disadvantaged young girls. So not only are you buying something lovely, you’re also helping a worthwhile and important cause!
We hope we’ve inspired you to SHOP SMALL this festive season – don’t forget when you buy something from an independent brand an actual person does a little dance!
Comment below to let us know which items you have your eye on!
Give your loved one a hint by sending them the link to this gift guide + join the conversation on social @emperorscloth
Photography – Kate Branthwaite
Models – Beth Shenton + Sophia Allison