Just 3 weeks ago, a lovely lady by the name of Elaine, a founder of The London Tea Dress Company came to visit me at the shop and wondered if I wanted to collaborate. Just 3 short weeks later, we have a shop within a shop. A beautifully curated collection of British Brands popping up at Wattle & Daub for a very limited period. We also managed to organise an event, where we bought wonderful local peeps together to have wine and conversation.
Here is a little bit about some of those brands who were kind enough to let us loose with their wares.
LIV & LET DYE
Following a degree course in costume at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Liv worked for a few years as a freelancer within the film and theatre industry. But it was while working for a wig maker dealing with clients undergoing chemotherapy, that she discovered the benefits of using silk and natural dyes to create headscarves that were kind to sensitive scalps. This was the beginning of Liv & Let Dye, a venture which allows her to combine her love of colour and nature. As well as ribbons and scarves, Liv is working on her own silk clothing range. All of their stories are inspirational.
BETSY & FLOSS
Betsy & Floss was born out of Holly Delaney’s love for travel and shopping. First founded in 2016 following a life-changing trip to Morocco, her aim is to deliver beautiful, stylish and practical pieces. She is also committed to sourcing the highest quality makers, and all of the bags are handcrafted ensuring each piece is completely unique.
Founded by designer and creative director Lorna Watson who previously worked as a designer and creative director in luxury goods. STELAR marries age-old artisanal techniques with contemporary design. Lorna works directly with artisans in Bali to create unique, hand-woven accessories which preserve skills that have been passed down through generations and sustain livelihoods within the communities that rely upon them. Every piece is accompanied by its own unique code. Via the ‘meet your artisan’ link on their website, this code enables you to discover the origins of your bag, meet the artisan who created it, and, in turn, support the communities they are working with.
CABBAGE WHITE ENGLAND
Cabbage White England was set up in 2010 by Kelly Smithson after moving into jewellery design from an Art School background. Kelly and her team work from her converted barn studio in Guildford, with Herbie the Border Terrier helping out each day. All pieces of Cabbage White Jewellery have been finished by hand. Their jewellery is available in sterling silver, gold and rose gold, taking inspiration from the beautiful British countryside.
LONDON TEA DRESS COMPANY
The London Tea Dress Company offers a capsule collection of dresses and separates for every eventuality. Founded by former magazine editor, Elaine Lloyd-Jones, the collection is inspired by the increasingly busy lives of modern women, and offers a feminine solution to everyday dressing. LTDC design and manufacture all of their limited-edition collections in and around London, only using responsible manufacturing partners and are focused on selecting talented workshops and building personal relationships with every supplier.
Ten years as a stylist - working for the likes of Grazia and Who What Wear - led Barbara McMillin to become completely in tune to shape and quality. Barbara loved the feel of luxury pyjamas, but didn’t always find it practical to wear such expensive pieces every day. “I couldn’t find a classic striped pyjama set that walked the line between exceptional fit and an affordable price point, so I decided to make one”, she tells us. The result is a collection of striped cotton pyjamas in seven colourways, all made in a family-run factory who only use trusted suppliers. The fabric dyes are carefully selected to ensure the best – and safest – result.
Agnes Walker is a British jewellery designer and accessories brand founded by Abby Gadd, who named the company after her designer/maker grandmother. Based out of West Sussex, Abby’s pieces combine couture quality with handcrafted design, and as well as everyday adornments, Abby also specialises in jewellery and accessories for special occasions.Taking inspiration from Victorian times, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, the pieces celebrate heritage and design history while still embodying a modern aesthetic.
A visual artist, Godalming-based Saskia can turn her hand and incredible creative eye to photography, graphic design, web design and illustration. Her namesake business offers stylish, current and unique branding that can truly represent your company, as well as beautifully hand-drawn and painted art work for event stationery, and personal art commissions.