Diversifying Our Shopping Habits

To date, as a business we have always tried to shop small and source our stock and supplies from small independents or fair trade organisations. But as part of the continued conversation about diversity, one of the things we can do as a company is to be mindful about the businesses we buy from. 

One of the ways to support ethnic minority communities is to shop from them.

Personally, I love coming across companies offering unique gifts, quirky accessories and yummy treats, especially if they’re from a small business. So to inspire you, here’s a few BAME-owned small UK businesses we have come across recently. 

Don’t forget there’s many ways to champion independent stores through social media follows, likes, comments, reviews, shares, and recommendations.

We hope this inspires you to find some brilliant new brands to support and fall in love with.

  1. Create your own mini home sanctuary with stunning accessories and decor @wildbohome


2. Learn how to make woven bead accessory rings @snailsandfairydust


3. There’s so much knitting and sewing inspiration over @cleocmc discovering how to make garments and accessories for your wardrobe

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Let me tell you about the amazing @lunalolasc yarn shop. They know how much I enjoy the Rowan Trunk Shows. However, I assumed I wouldn’t get to see the samples due to pandemic. Well, they brought the trunk show to me!! I promise you they are literally just the best! I love trying out samples because it gives me an opportunity to plan my next makes. Also, I get to try different shapes that I don’t typically gravitate towards. Finally, seeing how different yarns work with the garments is always beneficial. (Video coming soon with the garments in motion.) . 🌸 🌸 Some of my initial thoughts: Why don’t I make more shawls/wraps? I’m really tempted by the Sartre shawl. Surprisingly, I really love the striped tank even though it is a different shape for me. I just knew the Palermo top in yellow would be glorious. I’m definitely trying on that men’s cardigan because I’m a sucker for Softyak DK paired with cables. 😆 . 🌸 🌸 Items from top to bottom: 1. Striped tank by @chloeathurlow 2. Longline cardigan by @georgiafarrelldesign 3. Samana wrap by @storeymartin 4. Hans by Grace Jones (née Melville) 5. Haida hat by @lisa_richardson_design 6. Sartre shawl by @georgiafarrelldesign 7. Lee cardigan by @storeymartin 8. Tracy tank by @arnecarlos 9. Palermo top by @lisa_richardson_design . 🌸 🌸 #rowanyarns #modeatrowan #georgiafarrell #martinstorey #arneandcarlos #lisarichardson #chloethurlow #rowanmagazine67

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4. The Letterwell produces stunning, hopeful, hand-lettered prints and offers calligraphy services @theletterwell


5. Check out this beautiful range of natural, plant-based skin products that are great for you but also kind to the environment @tanaka.soaps


6. For all your cake cravings check out 12 year old Keziah who makes bespoke celebration cakes to order @keziaskitchen

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