Charlie Made | charlieandthepirates.com
Founder Charlotte Seccombe’s eldest daughter loves all things pirate and super-hero. “I was fed up with buying thank you cards and prints with pirates on that were aimed solely at boys,” says Charlotte, who lives near Wandsworth Common. “So I decided to design a range that was suitable for everyone and that is how Charlie Made was created. My personal favourite is my parrot print. I have just set up a shop on Etsy (etsy.com/shop/CharlieMadeShop).”
Clement & Claude | clementandclaude.com
“I wanted to do something creative outside my full-time corporate job and have always loved candles,” says Joanna Leguen de Lacroix, founder of Earlsfield-based Clement & Claude. Working out of a fully-functioning studio, her personal favourite is Firecracker. “It’s a lovely warm, smoky, peppery smell. You can buy them online and at Two Sisters in Wimbledon – it’s really lovely having a stockist so close by.”
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Place in Print | placeinprint.com
When Ed Povey decided it was time for a change, he had the idea of designing and selling modern illustrations that focus on neighbourhood landmarks. “My friend and I tested the water at a market in south London and the products went down really well, so it turned into a full-time job. Our Brockwell Lido print is one of my favourites, as it was one of the first I designed. We have just started working with a talented designer called Mercedes, who is producing a series of local maps for us. The “Walk Around Clapham” map has been particularly popular. My business is all about helping people to connect with and celebrate their local neighbourhoods.” You can find them at various markets and events during the year, through a number of local stockists, and their website.
Brown Cow | browncow.london
After her husband was struggling to find suitable corporate gifts, Clapham resident Tori Evans and her friend Claire de Groot, researched the market and BrownCow London was born two years ago. “Our bespoke service enables businesses to customise gifts. If you would like a made-to-order notebook in your corporate lime-green, we can do it! On the consumer side, our metallic croc prints were hugely popular this season in rose gold and silver. Most importantly, we’re proud of the fact that we are ‘Made in England’,” explains Tori.
Chapel Street | chapelstreetlondon.com
Chapel Street is a division of Ben Whistler (founded by two south-west London brothers, Ben and Sebastian de Groot) which mainly deals with designers and architects. They wanted an arm of the business that could offer high-end clients a better price point and shorter lead time by taking some of their best designs and adding them to a ‘ready to buy’ collection. One of their favourites is the Lancaster Armchair (pictured). It’s a classic design and fits in well with both contemporary and traditional interiors.
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