Some of the shops below have transparent supply chains, others use organic or vegan materials, whilst some are just indie makers, creating things from home. The common denominator is that they all offer an alternative to shopping at big high street chains where fast fashion is rife and profit is king.
Handcrafted in Sheffield, Guat Shoes are individually made to order in either leather or vegan materials.
Will’s Vegan Store
With the slogan “make a positive choice”, Will’s Vegan Store creates shoes that are entirely vegan from uppers to the linings and the glue. Their products are made ethically in Italy and Portugal where workers rights are protected by the EU.
Illustrator, animator and crafty alligator, Bambi Willow handcrafts cute badges decorated with puppies and pandas.
Handmade by Lauren Ridley in her Glasgow studio, Cherryloco is a collection of expertly crafted acrylic jewellery that includes toadstools, unicorns, creepy crawlies and everything in between.
Made by Karli and Jacques in Brighton, Designosaur jewellery appeals “to the excitable, dinosaur loving child in all of us.” The duo cite British design, Pop Art, urban style, natural history and BIG AWESOME DINOSAURS as inspiration. Every item is laser cut using either acrylic or wood.
By James Wilson
Inspired by the natural world, the human form and colour itself, James Wilson uses a balance of colours, textures and line to create bold and striking jewellery and art.
Each and Every Peace
Lauren Olivia creates beautiful illustrations, selling totes and prints to raise money for charity. “Endeavouring to bring beauty through design and kindness through donation” is her motto.
Helen Shere Design
Based in Nottingham, Helen cuts and stamps silver sheet and wire to craft beautiful jewellery inspired by nature.
Designed and handcrafted in the outer Hebrides of Scotland, Islewear is inspired by the natural landscape. Rings, necklaces and earrings are crafted by Jordane Symington on her croft on the west side of the Isle of Lewis.
Based in Amsterdam, Keecie sells handbags with a classic style and a surprise design inside. The bags are made with the best quality Italian leather, so they last a long time and look better with age. Every bag is made by a small sewing studio in Poland – you can see photos of the workshop on their website.
From her eco lifestyle and homewares store in Sheffield, Deborah Moon designs pin badges, prints and more.
Mr Jones Watches
Mr Jones Watches design and build unusual watches in London, UK.
All of their creative watch designs will challenge you to think differently about your time.
Naomi Hope Designs
Colourful and quirky jewellery, pins and patches made in London. Think rainbow patches that read “Baby, did you forget to take your meds?”
All the pin badges you could ever want, designed in North East of England.
Red Paper House
Cute little earrings, crafted from sustainable birch wood into colourful, geometric shapes.
Sew a song
Sew a song is a collection of geometric and balanced jewellery. Asymmetrical designs in subtle shades make up the delicate collection that is handmade by Eva Dueñas in Barcelona.
Based in Affleck’s Palace in Manchester, Sour Cherry is a treasure trove of perspex jewellery, pins and patches.
Sweet and Lovely
Designer Kate Gabrielle produces candy coloured pins and patches with slogans like “this dress has pockets” and “party pooper”.
Things Lucy Made
Earrings made from sparkles, shimmery plastic and delightful shapes. Made by Lucy, as the name suggests.
Today creates timeless, minimalist jewellery that matches any outfit. Each piece is made by hand using quality materials to stand the test of time.
Rainbow designs imagined and created by the founder of In Colourful Company. Want some giant pencil earrings or a Swan pedalo brooch? Find the jewellery of your dreams here.
The Wolf Gang Shop
Wood and polymer clay crafted into colourful, geometric jewellery. Handmade in Sheffield.
Unisex items crafted from fabrics sourced within the UK. Everything is handmade using a zero-waste cutting technique.
Alice Takes a Trip
Founded by sisters, Alice Takes a Trip boasts a range of unique prints that include everything from puppies to skulls and daffodils. This business no longer appears to be in operation, items available online here
Ameraucana Print Shop
Bold multi-coloured prints plastered on classic ringer t-shirts, handprinted by husband and wife duo in Florida.
Established in Leeds 2007, Antiform upcycles old garments and unwanted fabrics to create a punk-infused line of unique clothing.
The leading vintage retailer across UK & Sweden. All the best unique vintage finds in one place. Shop online too.
Bad Bunny Shop
Jennifer Jacobs designs unique prints (think dino bones and teeth) before hand stitching them into dresses, crop tops, bras and knickers.
With shops across the UK and an online store, Cow offers a wide selection of vintage gems. The business also boasts a no-waste ethos, hiring a rework team to recycle tired pieces into new designs and must have outfits.
Bold, tongue-in-cheek slogans plastered on t-shirts, knickers, make-up bags and totes. Think anti Trump slogans printed on whoopee cushion patches and period positivity slapped on pants. Handprinted in Sheffield.
Daughters of the Ganges
Ethical jewellery produced in India by artisans using Fair Trade principles. Through nurturing traditions and crafts, the brand ensures Indian women can preserve their skills for generations to come.
A social enterprise focused on enabling refugees, asylum seekers and the unemployed to gain new skills. It appears the business is no longer in operation.
Em and Sprout
Named after two cats, Em and Sprout is the brainchild of Lindsay who designs and prints her own fabric to transform into dresses. There’s plenty of cute available jewellery too.
The collaborative effort of Joelle and Justin Arawjo, Fennec Design is a multi-disciplinary project that includes print making, jewellery design, and textile work. The duo use sweatshop-free apparel and non-toxic inks.
The fantastical fashion of Becca, dreamt up and hand stitched in Sheffield. Think outrageous fabrics, next level tailoring and bold painterly prints.
The original vintage store in Sheffield, founded in 1995 and delivering unique second hand finds ever since.
From peach pompom earrings to cosy duvet days sweatshirts, Frilly Pops is a wonderland of pastel colours. Founded by animator Stephanie Dulieu who was awarded ‘Best Pop Culture Collection 2017’ at London Edge trade show.
The Choose Love t-shirt raises funds to support refugees whilst spreading a message of love. Each t-shirt is made with 100% organic cotton.
Lovers of colour and graphic design, husband and wife team Ali and Jam screen print everything from their home studio in Brighton.
With an ethos of “fun fashion not fast fashion”, Hello Fruits boasts a collection of dazzling partywear, including PVC skirts, sequin clad lounge pants and bright pink rodeo jackets.
Hiut Denim Co
Hiut believe in doing one thing well, and the thing they do really well is make jeans. Hiut is a team of “Grand Masters” crafting 100 pairs of jeans per week. Oh, and they provide free repairs for life.
Based in West Wales, Howies sells top quality activewear made with organic cotton to ensure clothes last for longer and out of the landfill.
Detailed and colourful illustrations decorating silk scarves, swimwear, pyjamas and cushions. Hand drawn by Karen, made in Italy.
Big slogan garments ethically made in Italy and designed by Katharine and her team in London. Designer behind “Choose Love” t-shirts for Help Refugees.
Keep it Bright
Zara Khalique’s positive messages adorn her collection of brightly coloured clothes. Zara is based in Manchester and designs each garment and hand draws each slogan.
The Glasgow Vintage Company
The Glasgow Vintage Company is an independent clothing boutique established in 2011 by Gavin and Mari O’Brien. You can find everything from cashmere sweaters to one of a kind dresses. Stock is all handpicked, with new items arriving each week.
The Level Collective
Inspired by outdoor adventures, The Level Collective produces t-shirts, rucksacks, hats and more. Every item is sourced carefully, ensuring workers are paid fairly and products are top quality.
A charity working to tackle the negative environmental and social impacts of making, consuming and disposing of clothes. Second hand clothing store available via eBay.
Love & Squalor
The seamstresses behind Love & Squalor create timeless pieces that suit a range of women regardless of age. Based in Glasgow, everything is designed and sewn in house.
Love Too True
“That new level kinda cool since 2014” – so says Love Too True’s Instagram account. Dungarees, bralets, trousers in checkered, pastel, punk fabrics. Handmade and designed in Chesterfield.
Lucy & Yak
Dungarees rivalled by no other, Lucy & Yak are the original purveyors of the ethical all-in-one. They now also sell dresses, jumpers and coats. Everything is produced ethically in India, prioritising working conditions.
Based in LA, Mokuyobi create vibrant clothing and backpacks for “Super Beings of Earth and beyond.” Everything is made in the US and rucksacks come with a lifetime guarantee.
Vintage and second hand jewels available to dig through in Sheffield’s city centre.
Bringing together a whole bunch of indie designers and makers, Niiice is a one-stop-shop for bold graphics and fun designs.
Designer Molly covers everything from plant pots to rucksacks with her beautiful illustrations that celebrate the human body – or as she likes to put it – #bitsandboobs.
Ethical fashion, produced sustainably in India using organic cotton. Founded by award-winning social entrepreneur Safia Minney in 1991. Garments are minimal and elegant.
Founded back in 2006, Sock Dreams designs and sell a wide range of knee high socks that fit a variety of body shapes.
Syd & Mallory
Two indie designers, handcrafting every garment from a shop in Sheffield. Sequins, psychedelic prints, and sheer fabrics meet to create a contemporary punk aesthetic.
Largest selection of vintage and second hand garments under one roof in Sheffield. Trainers, shoes, furniture, homeware, records, tapes, collectables and other jumble.
Second hand clothing online superstore. Trawl through thousands of pre-loved items and get rid of some of your own stash in the process.
Vintage store in Sheffield, sourcing the very best in vibrant, print-based, pre-loved clothes, including old designer classics.