You guys know I love supporting local business, so my when my friend and colleague Niko told me that his 5-9 brand, Earl of East London, was hosting a Christmas pop-up shop in East Village I was excited to check it out.
The pop-up shop has come together under the ‘Movers + Makers’ collective, and features a selection of some of London’s best new brands and artisans. The result is a shopping space curated with beautiful hand-crafted goods that’s perfect for unique Christmas gifts. (Or, you know, yourself.)
They’ve been attentive to the details, offering chill out spaces (there were some tables and benches towards the back!) and easily Instagrammable corners.
How great is that background for a selfie? And those posters had me giggling.
With a carpet like this I couldn’t help but take a #FromWhereIStand style shoefie. (#SorryNotSorry)
After visiting the market, here are a few of the brands that stood out to me.
Earl of East London
The first brand that caught my eye was, of course, Earl of East London, a lifestyle brand based in East London. While they curate many wonderful vintage and future heritage items for their brand, they also hand make scented soy wax candles.
One of their newest flavours is Greenhouse and it’s got a light, fresh scent that reminds me of being outdoors on a spring day.
Jeff and I actually bought ourselves the small sized one for our flat as our new year scent. (We’re alternating Hot Buttered Rum & Cherries on Snow from Yankee Candle for the Christmas season, if you’re curious!)
In addition to Greenhouse, they’ve also got their Wildflower and Smoke & Musk scented soy wax candles available to purchase.
Each of the candles are handmade in East London.
And of course, keeping with their makers theme they’ve got displays of the steps used to make the soy wax candles.
Blue Guy Pottery
Blue Guy Pottery specialises in, you guessed it, pottery.
Thidaa Roberts founded Blue Guy in 2014 after being introduced to ceramics craft in 2013, and she hand throws each of the pieces.
Each piece is unique, and only a few pieces are made in each production run.
For the eagle eyed readers you’ll probably recognise this brand: I’ve actually written about Blue Guy’s collaboration with Earl of East London earlier this year.
Daniela Rubino Designs
The next brand that caught my eye was Daniela Rubino Designs.
Daniela is an artist who uses concrete and metal to make her pieces.
She uses these materials because of their high compressive strength, sustainability and industrial aesthetic.
Here, she’s used these materials to create a number of plant pots for succulents. (Perfect for placing on your desk, by the way!)
Next up is Arma Glass with the pieces handmade by Sarma, a second generation glass artist.
Using glass, she hand makes gorgeous terrariums for plants which would look great around a home or cafe. Each bespoke terrarium come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be crafted to house different plants.
She began crafting these to help bring a bit more green space to London, a city where it can be so hard to have some of your very own greenery, and I love how they’re able to really transform the look & feel of the space that they’re in.
But she doesn’t just do terrariums! If you’re after something small to give as a little gift, she also sells these delicate pressed flower pieces.
London Tea Club
As a lover of tea, there was no way I was going to pass up stopping by London Tea Club.
The London Tea Club is actually a subscription service, and each month subscribers will receive three types of tea. These could be black, green, white, oolong, pu-erh, herbal, blended, fruity, and more.
At the market they’ve got a selection of teas in vials sold in bunches of three, which would make a great stocking stuffer or small gift.
I don’t want to spoil a surprise, but there is one tea lover in my life who can be expecting a trio of these tea leaves this Christmas…!
Last but not least: a foodie brand! Because after all that shopping I just needed a snack. (While I considered purchasing a few goodies as gifts for friends, I was pretty sure those gifts would end up in my mouth on the way home…)
The Floury was founded by Holly, and while they’ve got their market stall they also create cakes and treats for weddings, press days and events.
How delicious do these cookie sandwiches look? Amazing!
For the chocolate lover, these chocolate salami with cranberry and orange should go down a treat.
And of course, there are fantastic looking mince pies to help you get in the Christmas spirit!
Will you stopping by the Christmas market to do your holiday shopping?
The Christmas Market is located at 15-19 Penny Brookes Street, East Village, E20 1DA. It will be open at weekends from the 5th – 20th December on Saturdays from 11am to 6pm and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.