Throughout the unforgettable year that is 2020, small businesses have had to face hard challenges during lockdown earlier on in the year. With the rise of a second lockdown, independent businesses are likely to struggle financially once again, however with Christmas soon approaching we think it’s a great idea to keep in mind independent brands when finding the perfect gift to give your loved ones. At Voir we have curated top 10 brands to keep in mind this season, who are small but mighty!
Sister duo Emily and Caitlin Price have teamed forces to create up-cycling, circular fashion brand: 3AM Eternal, where they find vintage hidden gems and lovingly work on reviving the pieces by hand which is then available to purchase from their E-Store. Talking to Buro247, the sisters described their brand as “Playful, optic, fantasy.”.
For lovers of luxury and vintage alike, online store Studded Petals Vintage has a beautiful curation of rare and nostalgic designer items available for purchase if you are looking for that something special, all the while empowering slow fashion and giving clothes a new loving home.
There are a few staple fashion pieces in life that can be worn throughout the years and remain as timeless and elegant as each season passes. Silk slip dresses are one of those pieces. Bias Edition is an independent small-batch label, who constantly reinvent the slip dress in an array of shades for each of your moods. Worn alone or layered, the slip dress is made for day to night and for years to come.
Neutral toned preppy silhouettes meet 90’s New York Street style at Pêche; a Brooklyn based fashion label providing wearable, quality pieces that can be worn across the seasons and be dressed up or down according to what the day ahead has planned for you.
Sustainable fashion has a growing presence in the fashion industry, but there has been less of a sustainable impact seen across underwear brands. Introducing: Lara Intimates. This Hackney owned brand is comprised of 7 machinists who create comfortable non-wired bras from deadstock fabric, ranging from sizes 26A-36GG.
Chinese label Mukzin blurs the line and embraces the culture fusion between traditional Chinese garments and Westernised wear. Expect bold and fantastical prints in a rainbow of bright colours, combined with a mixture of Eastern-inspired silhouettes and Western tailoring and streetwear.
Growing up on the Spanish shores, Cinta The Label’s founder Amy Sturgis was mesmerised by the vibrancy of flamenco dancers and has injected her love for Spanish culture into her brand, with a modern twist. Using the same silhouettes and fabrics used in flamenco dresses, Cinta The Label has created a collection of small-batch, wearable pieces that can be styled for your Spanish summers ahead.
Redefining what is known as basic wear, The Line By K is a female-led business that creates high quality, flattering everyday pieces that are ethically made in LA. With a focus on self-love and female empowerment, a statement on the brands’ website reads “We believe clothing has the power to alter the way you carry yourself, and we create with the intention that each piece can give you the confidence to take risks and do anything without seeking people’s approval.”.
If you aren’t a hat person, you will be after seeing the fun and vivacious hand made hats in Emma Brewin’s collection. Since quickly becoming an Instagram favourite with fashion influencers, the brand’s founder Emma has come a long way since making each pastel, fluffy bucket hat by hand in her home in Kent.
The meaning of ‘Réalisation Par’ translates to ‘made by, styled by’ and is a brand that proudly produces individual cult pieces, rather than collections. The women behind Réalisation Par, Alexandra Spencer and Teale Talbot have made the aim of their business to ensure each piece you purchase “to be an individual addition to your own personal style, and it is our desire, ultimately, to give you the confidence to wear it”.
Words by Sophia Zenonos
Graphics by Sophia Zenonos