Celebrating 15 Years of Design & Craftsmanship

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A moment with Hannah Postle-Cope - Founder of COPE Studio

What led you to start Cope Studio? I’d been working as the lead on production for a London brand for a few years already before going to work alongside a heritage factory outside Stockport. Unfortunately the factory was closed down due to unmanageable overheads and I could see that many of the customers there would be cut adrift without a UK-based manufacturer. I knew that many brands like yours find the Made in England stamp really important, so I knew that I could set up a small studio to fulfil that need without the huge overheads that had crippled others.  From a personal point of view I love to make things with my hands, and engineer a problem. I love...

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A moment with Margo McDaid - celebrated Margate artist

Margo McDaid is an artist whose simple, graphic paintings and drawings are inspired by colour, vintage shirts, children book illustrations, folk art and outsider art. She draws every day and particularly enjoys hearing “that looks like me!” when people view her work. Margo’s art reflects her love of all things bright and optimistic, as well as her life by the sea which “makes the colour even more powerful”. She thinks art should bring us daily joy, which her vivid and expressive prints and paintings surely do. Margo has very kindly gifted an original artwork for our latest giveaway and we caught up with her to find out what inspires her work, why she draws every day and her top tip for...

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A moment with Daniel Baer - Founder of Monoware

Daniel Baer is the Founder of Monoware - a British tableware brand, designing tabletop essentials that are meticulously crafted to have a place in everyday life. Defined by simple, elegant forms and a natural color palette, his vision is for timeless design and effortless adaptability: showcasing every meal and blending with individual style. We chat to Daniel about the importance of collaboration, and creating objects with timeless appeal…   What led you to start your business? My passion for ceramics started with pottery classes in a small studio in South East London. Once a week my partner and I would rush from work for the thrill of shaping clay into bowls and cups. We would give away most of the...

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A moment with Jules Haines - Founder of Haines Collection

Jules is the Founder of Haines Collection - she is an interiors lover and waste hater. With over a decade in the interiors industry she has experienced first hand the high volume of waste around. So in 2018, with a small budget, a part-time job and a 1 and 3 year old - Jules decided to build a brand that could make a difference. Recently described by Forbes as 'The Platform Presenting a New Era for UK Textiles', Haines Collection is a marketplace for the trade to resell their unwanted, ex-display, misprinted luxury products. We chat to founder, Jules about how it all began, working with ‘waste’ and what home means to her. What led you to start your business?...

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A moment with Graeme Ferguson - Co-Founder of Aather

Graeme Ferguson is one half of Aather - a new luxury candle brand with creativity and collaboration at its core. Its debut collection of 12 signature scents are built on the desire to bring people together and we love them all! We chat to co-founder Graeme Ferguson about building a business during the pandemic, creating a product that is designed to last, and how he balances work and family life. What led you to start your business? At home, my wife and I have always used fragrance to help set the scene for a gathering. Whether it’s a big family get-together or an evening with friends, a candle is always lit to help punctuate the occasion. But we noticed, when...

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