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As the world continues to fight the coronavirus, numerous local businesses and shops in the UK have had to close their doors.
With the government now asking Brits to stay at home only go outside for food, health reasons or work, small businesses are losing much-needed revenue. So, what can you do to help support independent brands?
If shops are still selling products online, make a purchase.
We understand that purse strings are tight at the moment, but, however small, the purchase will help to support an independently run British brand. There may be a delay in receiving the item due to current delivery demands, but you will receive it sooner or later.
If items aren’t available, and you have the means to, purchase a gift card - think of it as a treat to look forward to in the coming weeks or months.
From stylish small fashion brands, to eco-friendly beauty, unique homeware finds and wine that can be delivered to your door right now - here are the brands we’ve uncovered that may just become your new favourite.
Best independent boutiques
Etsy | Shop here
Esty is a website focussed on independent sellers who create a wide range of items, from jewellery and clothing to home decor and art.
Trouva | Shop here
Trouva stocks a curated selection of independent fashion and homeware brands from around the world.
You can search by boutique location, with each item from the UK being clearly marked with a Union Jack flag.
Not On The High Street | Shop here
Not On The High Street sells thousands of unique and personalised products by independent businesses. Specialising in gifts, now is the time to stock up on wedding, baby shower and birthday gifts for the rest of the year.
Best independent fashion brands
Bibi Bijoux | Shop here
The London-based jewellers specialise in bohemian inspired jewellery that focus on spirituality, individuality and quality.
Bibi Bijoux has also recently collaborated with TV and radio presenter, Kate Thornton, to create a stunning celestial collection.
Fluidity | Shop here
Henley-on-Thames based boutique, Fluidity, sells a curated selection of unique independent designers. Founded in 1997, the shop offers hand-picked clothing for both men and women.
Honna London | Shop here
Searching for some nice PJs to lounge in? Honna London sells classic 100% cotton pyjama sets with luxury touches such as mother of pearl buttons.
Humphries & Begg | Shop here
If you want to add a pop of colour to your spring wardrobe check out the bold printed designs from Humphries and Begg, created by husband and wife duo Alice Begg and Robbie Humphries.
Waiste Vintage | Shop here
The Brighton-based shop has had to shut its doors and therefore has taken its curated vintage collection of clothing, accessories and more online.
Wolf & Badger | Shop here
Wolf & Badger is a global online marketplace for independent designer clothing. From womenswear and menswear, to jewellery and bags - you can support lots of small designers through the store.
Wolf & Moon Jewellery | Shop here
Wolf & Moon serves up incredible contemporary jewellery made in London. From a dainty mother of pearl necklace, to statement earrings, if you’re a bit of a magpie it’s well worth a browse.
Best independent beauty brands
Bramley | Shop here
For those who are in need of some TLC, Bramley, created in Wiltshire, sells a natural range of both and body products that are sure to help you de-stress. The ethical brands ingredients are 100% biodegradable and cruelty free.
Maya Rey | Shop here
If you’re looking for products to up your self-care routine, Maya Rey has bath time covered. From lavender and jojoba oil salts to a sweet fennel bath bomb, its got everything you need to make your bathroom feel more like a spa.
Pai Skincare | Shop here
Made in London, the British skincare brand delivers sustainable and cruelty-free beauty products. The brand also make shopping easy for different skin concerns with sections dedicated to blemish-prone skin, psoriasis, eczema and more.
Seekology | Shop here
The ethical brand focusses on beauty and wellbeing and searches high and low for unique products such solid shampoo bars to 100% organic natural wax candles.
UpCircle | Shop here
Created by a brother and sister duo, the beauty brands mission is to reduce waste, the skincare brand have saved almost 250 tonnes from landfill so far.
Verdant Alchemy | Shop here
The independent brand makes every bath and shower product in small batches in London.
Zed Bees | Shop here
Zed Bees zero waster subscription box service is the perfect treat for the weeks ahead. Each box contains organic, sustainable and vegan friendly bathroom essentials.
Best independent homeware brands
Colt & Willow | Shop here
The brand specialises in eco-friendly cleaning products that are free from any nasties and totally safe for you and your loved ones.
Edit58 | Shop here
From rugs and cushions to much more created by artisans around the world, edit58 is a beautifully curated interiors destination filled with one-of-a-kind items.
Humble Homeware | Shop here
Humble Homeware is a small business that sells stylish candles, diffusers and accessories that doesn’t cost the earth. The brand have partnered with One Tree Planted so for every item you buy, they donate a tree to be planted somewhere across the world.
Little Deer | Shop here
Little Deer not only sells a wide assortment of dried flowers that are very on-trend right now. But also, prints, home accessories and rattan furniture that any interior fan will immediately swoon over.
Secret Linen Store | Shop here
If you’re looking to purchase some new bed linen or towels this home brand run by sisters Molly and Harriet is one to check out. Its bedding is made by carefully chosen experts in Portugal and the UK.
Best independent food & drink brands
Cheddar Online | Shop here
If you love cheese, listen up.
Cheddar Online allows you to get traditional cheddar cheese still produced by hand in the village of Cheddar, Somerset delivered straight to your door.
Plus, right now they’re selling special isolation packs for you to treat yourself to.
Hackney Brewery | Shop here
If you’re missing your weekly pint, Hackney Brewery are delivering a range of pale ales, lager and more to a number of east London postcodes.
Independent Coffee Box | Shop here
Fancy yourself as a bit of a coffee connoisseur? This subscription box is for you. Each month will bring you a unique curation of the UK and Ireland’s best speciality grade coffee beans from independent roasters.
Pep Kitchen | Shop here
Created by chefs Ben and Joe, the service allows you to get delicious vegan meals delivered to your door that have been frozen within minutes of cooking, ready for you to heat and enjoy whenever suits you. It’s available in the majority of places in the UK apart from Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scilly Islands or the Scottish Highlands.
The Bottle Club | Shop here
The Bottle Club is still delivering UK-wide and can bring everything you need to create a bar at home, direct to your door.
161 Food + Drink | Shop here
In need of some wine? This online wine shop and bar in Sydenham, London, specialises in organic and low-intervention wine - and you can currently buy it online by the case.
200 Degrees Coffee | Shop here
The specialist coffee company will post a 250g bag of freshly roasted coffee direct to your door. Simply choose your coffee, grind, and frequency.
Know of a fantastic independent brand we've missed? Post it in the comments below.