Birdsong Good Gifting Guide 2018
We think that the best gifts are those that are not just great for the receiver, but do good for the maker and give back to society as a whole. This winter we’ve created a run down of our favourite brands and products that we’ll be gifting our loved ones this year. We bring you some old trusted friends and some brilliant new ones. Many are social enterprises and others are challenging the status quo in their industries. All are remarkable, refreshing and available to buy (minus Soap Co) from our Dalston pop up shop.
Lots of love, the Birdsong Team x
The Soap Co
We recently went to visit the Soap Co Headquarters in East London as we’d heard so much about this brilliant social enterprise we had to check it out for ourselves. All of their luxurious products are handcrafted by people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged.
The umbrella charity Clarity has been employing, training and supporting people with disabilities since 1854. Since meeting the amazing people behind the company and using their products (which are second to none- they’ve won multiple awards for sustainability and design) – this is a business we can get behind.
Juta have been supporting women through craft for over 4 years now. They offer women who face barriers to employment flexible and well paid work handcrafting their beautiful espadrilles and slippers.
Expect not to take them off – they’re extraordinarily comfortable and you can make your own custom pair as they do workshops too. All the leather used are offcuts from local factories and vegan options are available. See them at our winter pop up.
Earl of East
Earl of East make the most divine scented soy candles that are hand poured in London. The Soy is non-GMO and the mid-sized one will burn for 40 hours. You can find these and their sage bundles and incense at our shop.
Oh Comely Magazine
Oh Comely is a magazine exploring curiosity, honesty and playfulness. Each issue they pick a theme and see where it leads them. Delve into it’s pages and find thoughtful writing, photography and illustrations by contributors who look at life a little differently.
Find it online, in all of the coolest independent book shops and in the Birdsong Popup. We’ll be holding workshops with them too in store – get your tickets here.
Activism for the introvert, the Craftivist Collective is the brainchild of activist and writer Sarah Corbett. Discouraged and fatigued by conventional activism, Sarah Corbett has created a more gentle and thoughtful alternative, combining craft and contemplation to help you make the change you want to see in the world.
Find her book ‘How To Be a Craftivist”, starter kits, cards and notebooks online and in our Winter popup to help start your journey into making a real difference the the causes you believe in (and learn a new hobby).
Ladybeard is a feminist publication with the aim of revolutionising the content of traditional glossy magazines. It takes the form of one, but turns the usual format on it’s head. Instead of confining gender, sexuality, dress size, pigmentation and aspirations- Ladybeard wants to liberate you from these notions.
The magazine offers a refreshing and revitalising perspective that is inclusive to all. It also looks great on a coffee table as has been impeccably designed.
We first met Clio Peppiatt back in 2015 as part of ‘Female Matters’, a group exhibition curated to raise awareness of FGM. Since then we’ve become big fans and good friends, working together on several collaborative pieces and running a workshop with our hand painters.
Clio is one of the friendliest people in fashion and not only that – her clothes are a riot. Exploring themes of playful subversive femininity- you will not find anything similar anywhere else. Expect t-shirts with a flaming ‘fast woman’ slogan and a group of quaint little rats having a ‘rat party’ emblazoned on a jumper.
Find our underwear collaboration and a selection of Clio Peppiatt pieces in our winter popup shop.
It is no exaggeration to say that Thinx have transformed the lives of the team in the Birdsong Office. Thinx are a period pant company from New York. Their washable reusable underwear are a more sustainable option than your regulars and feel and look better too.
Available in all styles, colours and absorbancies, come and see them at our winter shop where they’ll be popping up from the 6th-9th December
Gabriella Marsh is an illustrator, animator and designer from London and is currently doing a masters in experimental animation. Her beautiful illustrations adorn plates, notebooks and prints alike, making for a perfect gift and she also works on commissions. We’ve been lucky enough to have stocked her charming observational pieces before and we’re so glad to welcome her back to our winter store.
Tatty Devine have garnered a mass of adoring fans all over the globe since they began in 1999 with their original conversational art jewellery. 20 years later their jewellery is still handmade in house by a small skilled team of makers. They love to collaborate with artists, designers, charitable institutions and their favourite cultural spaces and we can’t get enough of their fun, don’t- take-life-so-seriously attitude and laser-cut acrylic pieces.
Mary creates fun positive accessories and colourful prints with a nod to vintage references, all made in the UK.
One of our favourites this season is her collaboration with the amazing Gemma Cairney of upcycled vintage berets with statements to brighten your day.
Artist and designer Nelly uses her label as a vehicle for global activism. Working with artisan communities around the world, Nelly melds contemporary art and her signature graphic prints with the preservation of traditional textile techniques.
Find her embroidered chokers which were made in Palestine by women’s group; Women in Hebron and her full range of hand and symbol acrylic earrings in our winter pop up.
Birdsong X Amy Isles Freeman
This winter we have collaborated with artist and wonder Amy Isles Freeman to bring you three limited edition pieces. Through colour and pattern Freeman explores female sexuality, joy and freedom. Her highly in demand hand-painted wooden bowls are stocked in Liberty London, and now our pop up store.
Find our Organic Sweatshirt, Organic Tee and Closed-loop Bamboo Knickers embroidered with an original Amy Isles Freeman motif created exclusively for Birdsong.