My Top 9 Favorite Brands from Best of Brittania

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“100% futureproof” as advertised indeed, the Best of Brittania showcase was an exciting surprise this summer. I was visiting this annual exhibition of outstanding UK brands for the first time and I admit that I have become a fan already.

So, today, I want to share with you my 9 favourite brands from Best of Brittania 2015; fashion, beauty, art, deco, even food and publishing, the exhibition had it all. Again, this is a selection based on my own personal taste. Make sure you book your ticket for next year to discover what would be your very own Best of Brittania favourites!

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1.

PHOEBE JEWELLERY

The british nature and its creatures, such as squirrels, deer and bats, are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for jewellery designer Phoebe Sherwood Moore. Silver and gold are masterfully combined with different types of wood in her East Sussex studio. Her award-winning collections have gained celebrity attention already.

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The forest is everywhere on Phoebe’s jewellery creations. The squirrel earrings and gold acorn bracelet are my favorites.

2. 

KOKOMELT

The blackboard says it all; the purest skin nourishing natural ingeredients are blended in Kokomelt products for men and women. Oil based, unrefined, free from bleach, soap, parabens or emulsifiers, the scrubs and hand / body butters of the range help the skin keep naturally soft and hydrated. The smart hand scrub cubes are easy to carry in any handbag and perfect to freshen you up after a workout. I can only decribe the magnificent fragrance of the cubes which only comes from the essential oils they contain.

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Highest quality vegetal oils, essential oils, unrefined salt and sugar form the base of Kokomelt cubes.

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An extra bit of luxury and indulgence in this tin of hand scrub cubes with leaves of gold.

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Kokomelt’s essential post-gym kit…

best_of_britannia_2015_kokomelt_range…easy to slip into your gym bag.

3.

CATHERINE SHINEROCK

Catherine Shinerock combines art and fashion to create luxurious, contemporary accessories with a touch of magic. Watercolour painting and digital vector line drawing are some of the traditional and contemporary techniques that the designer uses to create intricately detailed accessories that exude timeless elegance.

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Favorite piece of the collection; the Glam Walker silk scarf features watercolour paintings of glamorous dog walkers.

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For a 2 in 1 scarf and jewelry fashion accessory, slip your square neckerchief through an elegant scarf styling ring like this gold plated one with a swarovski pearl pendant.

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…or choose one with a colorful semi-precious stone to match the print.

4.

LONDON BUTTERFLIES

An indulgent range of handmade body butters enriched with ingenious combinations of scents and ingredients from the British nature; English apricot and honey, winter jasmine with starflower and sweet almond oil, British tundra berries and meadowsweet with golden jojoba oil to name a few…

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Ex-city executive Lubna Ahmad creates her handmade, luxurious beauty products using naturally active botanical ingredients which are beautifully blended using natural oils that offer fresh and delicate scents.

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London Butterflies body creams are paraben- and SLS-free.

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VINTAGE CUSHIONS

Home deco at its most original British. Fabric devotee and all-round creative Nicholette Yardley-Moore creates one-of-a-kind cushions using a selection of rare vintage fabrics, scarves, flags and trimmings. The themes range from travel and art to the Royals and abstract prints.

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Nichollette lovingly hand-sewing her marvellous cushions live at the exhibition.

6.

KATIE KING DESIGN

Katie King creates beautiful, intricate paper illustrations in white in order to develop original handmade designs whose clean crisp lines play with light and shadow, adding a unique touch to any interior.

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The use of multiple layer paper cuts in Katie King’s clocks and lamps allows delicate shadows to evolve; the adaptation of light changes the whole atmosphere of the image.

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A beautiful, artsy alternative to the conventional greetings cards; say Congratulations for a birth or wedding or even wish Happy Birthday with one of Katie King’s wish baubles. A small compartment in the bottom allows room for a personal note or a small gift to the recipient. Can also be used as place cards and / or wedding favors.

7.

THE CUNNING CRAFTSMAN

The multifaceted art & design agency of artist / designer Chris Dorning provides a hands-on approach when producing artistic content; traditional & contemporary sign painting, mural painting for marketing or personnel, interior design consultancy, illustration, events, and much more.

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Devoted to his art, the Cunning Craftsman can’t stop painting even during the exhibition.

8.

THE HOLBORN MAGAZINE

This quarterly magazine promoting well-made life by means of quality, not luxury, has its articles grouped into categories which are named after a house’s rooms; kitchen, bedroom, living room, and so on, hence the cute maquette demo.

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Knock knock…

9.

PINKSTER

It’s not just its delicate pink colour, or the attractive packaging. Pinkster artisan gin with raspberries actually tastes amazingly good!

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Fresh, locally grown raspberries are hand-steeped in the spirit at Pinkster Gin’s headquarters in Cambridge.

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Deliciously dry, with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish, Pinkster was recently voted the UK’s third favourite gin at a Craft Gin Club poll.

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