This spring/ summer seems to be an excellent season for lots of new ethical style shops opening!
This makes me incredibly happy because as we all know, VISIBILITY is one thing I think that is truly holding this movement down. So having more brick and mortar shops is BRILLAINT. It will aid in helping people to make sustainable and ethical choices SO much more easily, and hopefully help convert some as well 😉
My Pop-up shop and market map at Christmas was quite a success so I have decided to do a permanent version for the UK. I will keep adding to it the more I discover so PLEASE do share any you know of. I love the idea of visiting any new town or city and being able to instantly find a brilliant conscious clothing establishment.
So while I crack on with getting this started here are a few that have inspired me;
(Full disclosure I haven’t managed to actually make it to any of these yet (I’m in the process of waiting to move in to a new flat in Bristol so am a bit of a nomad at the mo) but I am very familiar with all the brands involved so am pretty certain they are all going to be AMAZING. )
- OTTOWIN SHOP | BRISTOL | 34 St NICHOLAS STREET, BS11TG
Ottowin are a Bristol based duo making beautiful leather shoes, sandals and boots, they featured in one of my first ever blog posts actually, read here. They have just recently opened this gorgeous looking shop in the heart of Bristol selling not only their hand made shoes but also other clothes, accessories and lifestyle bits from sustainable, ethical and independent designers and makers, mostly local but some from London too. I can’t wait to visit when I can be back in the city properly!
2. KNOW THE ORIGIN | MANCHESTER | 49 HILTON STREET, M1 2EF
Launching this Friday, so if you are in Manchester make sure to go to their launch party!
Know The Origin have been making sustainable and ethically made t-shirts and other jersey items for a couple of years now and they recently extended their on-line range to include LOADS of other items other designers and brands also making ethical clothing. They had a successful pop-up around Christmas last year in London and are now headed to Manchester from 18th May – 3rd June.
3. HENRI | LONDON | 274 HACKNEY ROAD
Again following a successful pop-up in the same location last year, Henri is back for a permanent spot. Based on the Hackney Road Henri is stocking her own brand along with other similar designer and makers, of course! Again when I am next in London this will be my first port of call.
Right I had better get cracking with this map then!