A super belated happy new year to all my lovely clients and readers. December was a wonderful but busy month for me so my blog took a back seat whilst I was lucky enough to get lots of lovely ladies ready for the festive season.
I’ve recently become more aware of the fashion industry and how it has quite a detrimental effect on the environment, particularly the ‘fast fashion’ world. Social media and other pressures have created a culture in which outfits are only worn once and this is made affordable when the items are cheap and low quality. These items will not last, therefore creating more and more waste.
With this in mind, I began to look at ways we can shop better. Online shopping is so easy and convenient but so is shopping locally, and what is more, it’s personal. You can have a conversation, you can get to know the owner or designer. You can see directly where your money is going.
Sister boutique is independently owned by Lisa Hempstock. Lisa set up shop over 25 years ago on Ecclesall Road gaining a loyal client base and a flawless reputation. They stock over 40 designers and are renown for their affordable yet luxurious collections. The ladies who work their are so welcoming and knowledgeable about each piece. Shopping here is so much more of an experience. They even offer you a brew whilst you browse!
Originally founded in 2012 by Josh Bonney age 17, Inherited quickly became a popular boutique in Sheffield offering various lifestyle brands and deadstock sneakers. The boutique closed in 2016 after a change in direction to ecommerce. However, in 2017, Josh opened a new studio in the up and coming ‘China Town’ and began creating his own lifestyle brand, manufacturing and distributing in house. The brand has gone from strength to strength and has become the place to shop for your everyday wears. Josh is super passionate about what he does and it shows in the design and quality of the brand. You can even customise some of the designs to chose your own colour and text combinations. The brand is mostly unisex with a few dedicated male or female pieces and some super cool pieces for kids too.
SYD & MALLORY
Syd & Mallory is an independent label made in Sheffield since 2006. Their hand made original designs are a mix of modern and vintage styles. Influenced by film, music and popular culture, they design quality clothing to produce different but wearable fashion. Their boutique on Devonshire street is an emporium of unique pieces and accessories. Their store is well worth a visit, the changing room is unlike no other and the lovely staff make it a really enjoyable experience.
Say Paloma opened its doors early 2018 on Ecclesall Road. Each piece in the shop is unique to you! They are super proud to be hand crafted, ethically sourced and child labour free. The store itself is stunning and feels like a treasure trove. My personal favourites are their unique bomber jackets, made from recycled saris.
Trapeze kids is a children’s clothing and lifestyle store on Sharrowvale road, Sheffield. They curate a collection of playful and inspiring, design led, clothing, toys, books and gifts for babies and kids that are sourced from ethically and environmentally responsible brands and are made to last. The lovely owner Donna opened the store in Oct 2016 after 12+ years working in childrenswear. Having worked on the high street and seeing the impact of fast fashion it has been really important to her to try and work in as responsible a way as possible.
Donna’s knowledge and passion is really evident when shopping in the store. She’s amazing with kids and even has a little colouring area so parents can browse in peace.
Based on West Street in the city centre, Cow is a vintage clothing and accessories retailer offering a sustainable alternative to fast fashion. Their handpicked items are sourced from around the world, picked for individual styles and the latest trends. With a no-waste ethos, their rework team recycle tired pieces into new designs and must have outfits. Cow is a great store to have fun in and really rummage around to find something you love.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s blog post and more importantly enjoy a trip to one of our great city’s independent boutique’s.
Love Frankie xx
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