#my91magazine - our AW17 faves

Our AW17 issue published about 6 weeks ago and we've been blown away by how quickly it has sold! Already we are down to under 200 copies so if you haven't got yours yet, be swift! Look out for it in the shops too, the full stockist list is here

As always, we LOVE to see your pics of the magazine, that is definitely one of my favourite things along with spotting it on the shelves of our lovely stockists - I still have to pinch myself sometimes! Here is a small selection of some of our faves that appeared in our #my91magazine hashtag over on Instagram. I love how it is nearly always accompanied by a cuppa!

Please do keep sharing your pics as we will choose a few to feature in the next issue too! :) 

Creative Christmas events

Tis the season to get creative and shop independent! With Christmas just around the corner we thought we'd highlight a few events to either go and buy from makers directly or workshops to try your hand at a bit of Christmas crafting! 

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Play Christmas Gathering at The Forge, Bristol - Friday, 15th December, 2017

Beautiful Bristol-based venue The Forge are hosting a Christmas get together for creative professionals, freelancers & designer makers. Perfect for those who work alone and don't have a traditional 'work Christmas party' - go along and celebrate the festive season in the company of like-minded folk. Tickets are £12.50 - purchase here.

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Wreath Making with Rose and Grey, Altrincham - Wednesday, 6th December, 2017

Join florist Chloe Robinson for an evening of festive wreath making whilst supping prosecco and enjoying mince pies. The class will take place within Rose & Grey's beautiful showroom with all materials supplied to create a stunning wreath to take home and adorn your door. Tickets are £40 - Book here

Photo: Kayti Peschke

Photo: Kayti Peschke

Crafty Fox Market, London - various dates and locations in December

Now in it's seventh year, the Crafty Fox Market has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of London's best handmade markets, giving makers a great platform to sell their work to a niche audience and offering shoppers a high quality selection of unique, handmade goods. This year the market will be popping up in four London locations, so check their list of dates for your nearest one. 

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Paperdolls Handmade Market, Birmingham - Saturday, 25th November, 2017

If you are closer to Birmingham, then don't miss Paperdolls Handmade Christmas Market. Launched four years ago by creatives Carolyn Carter and Jo Dowsett, this event hosts an array of super talented makers, such as our very own 91 designer Lucy Davidson selling her weaving work, Copper and Solder, Bloom Collective and Sparrow & Wolf to name just a few. Free entry - more details here

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Scandi Christmas workshop, London - Saturday, 2nd December, 2017

Last year 91 attended MK Design's Scandi Christmas workshop at Skadium, a lovely event that has prompted a repeat this year. This time though it will be held within the brand new Skandium Townhouse - a four-storey London property transformed into a fully shoppable, Scandinavian-inspired home. You can try your hand at various craft pursuits to enable you to style your Christmas to Scandi perfection. Ticket price is £47.60 with all materials included plus some Scandi drinks and treats to enjoy. Book here.

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Christmas Wrapping Paper workshop with Hato Press, London - Saturday, 2nd December, 2017

If you've ever fancied trying your hand at print making, then now is the perfect time - design and print your own Christmas gift wrap with the guys of Hato Press. You will learn lots about printing techniques and pattern design, and you'll take home 10 folded A2 sheets of beautifully printed wrapping paper, printed in 2 colours of your own design, plus complimentary mince pies and drinks are included. Tickets are £45, purchase here

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Brighton Etsy market - Saturday, 2nd December, 2017

If you'd rather spend your Saturday shopping other people's handmade creations than making your own, then head to Brighton Dome for the local Etsy sellers annual market, where over 80 sellers will be selling everything from homewares and jewellery to skincare and art, all created by their own fair hands. it's free entry and you'll be safe in the knowledge that you are supporting indie makers and sellers while discovering fab finds for your loved ones. More details here

We hope there's something there that tickles your fancy, either way we do hope you try and support indie brands this Christmas - they work so hard to build up their businesses and every sale helps! 

An Instagrammers guide to: Leeds

In the next of our series, 91's news editor Sophie Warren-Smith shares an insight into some of top spots in UK city Leeds - from Scandi-style cafes to the hippest of co-working spaces.

Twenty years ago the most exciting thing about Leeds was the opening of Harvey Nichols, and it was just when I was leaving and heading down to London. Looking back, it was the start of an intensive stage of redevelopment that has turned the city from mill town to a 21st Century urban chic destination that includes elegant arcades, indie coffee shops and a wonderful sense of history. Luckily, I’m back living here to witness it all and give you the ultimate guide to life in this exciting city.

Tall Boys cafe

Tall Boys cafe

Indies in Thorton's Arcade - In the heart of Leeds and running parallel to Queen’s Arcade is Thornton’s Arcade where you’ll find some lovely independent stores like bookstore and gallery, Village, and Tall Boys Beer Market where you can buy craft beer, artisan breads and specialist coffee. They have a super cool cafe upstairs which has a great rustic-meets-Scandi aesthetic and some full-on hanging plant love.

IG: @village_leeds

IG: @tallboysleeds

Victoria Quarter Leeds

Historical detailing - Ready for some stunning architecture? Head to one of the main shopping attractions in Leeds, The Victoria Quarter. Built in 1900, it is full of beautiful mosaics, marble and intricate ironwork - perfect for decorative style insta-pics and don’t forget to look up, the view is stunning! In here you’ll find the likes of Harvey Nichols, Space NK, Kiehls, Paul Smith and Jo Malone, and why not pop into Charbonnel et Walker for some chocolate treats?

IG: @VictoriaLeeds_

Olive and Rye, Leeds

Olive & Rye - For a pitstop, walk across Briggate and up Queen’s Arcade and you’ll find Olive & Rye, a food lover’s deli store that also serves brunch, lunch and dinner (Friday and Saturday evenings). They have a plentiful supply of locally sourced jams, chutneys, wines, beers and food gifts, all of which can be bought individually or can be made into one of their bespoke hampers built to order.

IG: @olive_rye

Colours May Vary Leeds

Colours May Vary - one of my favourite places to visit. Passionate about choosing and selling products that they would buy themselves, you will find graphic art and design books, unusual prints and jewellery, as well as stationery, journals, gifts, wrap and indie magazines. Brands stocked include Studio Arhoj, Egle Zvirblyte and Matthew the Horse. They also hold exhibitions from time to time, so keep an eye out on the website.

IG: @coloursmayvary

NORTH STAR CAFE Leeds

North Star coffee - A short walk across the bridge from Colours May Vary will bring you to a part of the city called Leeds Dock. The Royal Armouries museum is here, and you can take a trip on a Dutch water taxi. But if it’s a rest and great coffee you are after in a super stylish environment, then head to fantastic coffee shop North Star. As well as selling delicious freshly baked goodies by Noisette, a progressive micro bakery, there’s also a general store where you can buy the full range of North Roast coffee, Storm Organic loose leaf teas, Earl of East soy candles and numerous other foodie items that are all carefully sourced. Next door to the cafe sits their academy, where they run fabulous Home Barista and Home Brew courses.

IG: @northstarcoffeeshop

Modes of Expression Leeds

Colourful murals - For dramatically colourful & abstract backgrounds for your Instagram photos, look no further than Modes of Expression. These stunning murals are painted by artists Emma Hardaker and Bobbie Rae who formed Modes of Expression - a workshop/studio space located in Bryon Street Mills. You can find their eye-catching walls around Leeds - like the exterior of independent pub The Brunswick. For more info on workshops and courses check out https://www.facebook.com/mediumleeds/

IG: @modesofexpression

Duke Studio Leeds

Duke Studios - Visiting Leeds for a weekend and want somewhere cool to hang out and work? Duke Studios is an open space based around a co-working model which has turned into a thriving hub full of creative folk who share, collaborate and socialise together. Named as one of the twelve 'coolest co-working places in the world', the design is multicoloured and inspirational. You can hire a desk, book the space for meetings/events or simply pop into the cafe for a cuppa.

IG: @dukestudioleeds

Shopkeeper Spotlight: Industry & Co

In the second of our series in collaboration with The Shopkeepers, we visit Industry & Co in Dublin, Ireland.

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Vanessa’s first shop was a tiny space in Dublin’s Temple Bar. To help with the business side of Industry she enlisted her brother, Marcus, a tech entrepreneur living in London. Within a year, based on customer response and sales, Vanessa knew her concept was working. She started looking for a larger space in a more accessible location.

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Two years ago she found the perfect space in a building on Drury Street and Marcus moved back to Dublin to work alongside Vanessa. In her role as Creative Director, Vanessa has filled Industry with timeless vintage pieces and new product she sources from India, France, Scandinavia, Japan, the US as well as Ireland. She is a proponent of mixing vintage pieces with modern furniture to create more interesting rooms and interior stories.

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Industrial design tends to be masculine so she uses textiles and glass to soften the look. Room sets are displayed throughout the shop to enable customers to easily imagine how the furniture will look at home. A best seller is the lighting and Vanessa has created a clever display for customers to shop. Marcus and Vanessa always wanted food to be part of their lifestyle concept for Industry.

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When Marcus joined Vanessa full-time as Managing Director of Industry he was able to develop the food side of the business, which launched five months ago. Vanessa and Marcus believe people eat with their eyes first and have created a visually enticing food display. The food also has to taste great and they borrowed influences from Marcus’ French Moroccan wife, Kadija. Healthy Irish ingredients are combined with subtle flavours from the Middle East. Offering food has introduced a new dynamic to Industry, customers can drop in on a regular basis for a delicious coffee or lunch as well as visit when looking for larger furniture purchases.

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Vanessa and Marcus have created a wonderful experience for their customers, and have plans to expand the floor space as they continue to develop and expand the food Industry offers.

Industry, 41 a/b Drury Street, Dublin 2

Seek Inspire Create with Team 91 - October

Our next Seek Inspire Create e-zine is very nearly ready to wing it's way to your inboxes (sign up here!) packed with some lovely places, people and ideas to discover. In the meantime, Team 91 share a little of what we've been up to in our spare time - from castles and crafting to converting sheds! Don't forget to get involved with our hashtag over on Instagram - #seekinspirecreate - post pics of your discoveries, inspirations and creations and you may get your image featured on our IG feed, blog or even in the e-zine! 

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden - Caroline Rowland (editor)

The infamous Richmond based shopping and eating destination Petersham Nurseries has recently opened up shop right in the middle of Central London. A more polished space than the original, tableware is styled to perfection while the back of the shop resembles a small jungle with an abundance of unusual plants, both large and small. The price tags on their beautiful range of ceramics, glassware and linens can often make your eyes water, but it is likely to be a purchase you will treasure for many years to come.

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Handmade gift giving - Kath Webber (sub editor) 

As the days get shorter and we hurtle towards the festive season, my thoughts turn to what beautiful handmade gifts I can produce for my family and friends. I often find I’m short of time, especially when much of my work involves making, so Helen Stewart- aka Curious Handmade- has come up with some wonderful festive tips and hints, as well as releasing a very special knitter’s calendar called KnitVent! Last year’s collection included six quick and easy-to-make patterns ideal for stash-diving and giving. I’ve been rummaging through my stash for some pretty supplies for Helen’s latest shawl, Surprise Party, but this one is strictly for self-giving! For more gift ideas, a new must-have book for knitters and crocheters is top of my list- A Stash of One’s Own by Clara Parkes shares the inner thoughts of knitters and designers on how their materials shape their lives. 

Lowther Castle, Lake District

Lowther Castle - Laura Pashby (deputy editor) 

I recently visited Lowther Castle in the Lake District - a romantic ruin with a particular melancholy beauty. This fairytale castle, its walls draped with hanging vines, has wild gardens with extensive views across the surrounding countryside and, hidden away in a wood, the ‘Lost Castle’- a fantastic adventure play area for kids. “No dogs, and no dragons” reads the sign outside. Adults and children alike were captivated by Lowther’s magic.

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A creative shed makeover - Lucy Davidson (designer) 

Recently I got the chance to transform a standard garden shed into my dream weaving space and I never want to leave. A few coats of paint, some simple furniture and textiles - and of course my favourite weaving tools - it quickly became a cosy creative haven. It really is the perfect way to add extra space to your home in an affordable way – just make sure to install an electric heater for those colder days spent in there. See the full project over on my blog Peas and Needles.

The Giddy Grocer, Bermondsey Street

The Giddy Grocer - Melissa Burgess (designer) 

Everyone has a happy place. A place that always cheers you up or makes you feel content. Mine is London’s Bermondsey Street. This street is a hidden yet relatively busy thoroughfare and is home to a collection of beautiful interiors boutiques, a controversial café (for its name alone!), The White Cube gallery, the quaintest pet shop and now a new grocer’s- full of British charm. The Giddy Grocer has been open for around eight weeks and is packed with artisanal products and seasonal produce.  Despite it’s city location, it feels just like a small country farm shop – well worth a visit b before taking a leisurely stroll along my ‘happy place’ street!

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Gower Peninsula - Catherine Binnie (distribution manager)

I'm just back from the glorious Gower, South West Wales. I love the seaside in Autumn, and staying near the stunning sweep of sand that is Oxwich Bay meant lots of bracing walks along the beach, shell collecting and paddle boarding (my kids, not me - I'm more a book and a blanket sort of person). Oxwich is also home to the amazing Beach House restaurant - I'm still dreaming of their delicious handmade seaweed bread. On rainy days we dressed up as Tudors at Oxwich Bay Castle (me, not the kids - I'm a total embarrassment) then headed to the Mumbles, for drinks and board games at Croeso Lounge, followed by a trip to the fab indie Cinema & Co, before heading back to the house for a log fire and some treats from the Little Village Bakery

Le Petit Jardin, Tunbridge Wells

Le Petit Jardin, Tunbridge Wells - Olivia Williams (brand and advertising manager) 

With the clocks falling back, it’s time to properly welcome in the new season. A favourite place for a fix of treasures for the home and garden is Le Petit Jardin in Tunbridge Wells. Filled with flourishes to prepare the home for winter – from joyous twinkling fairy lights, to the cosiest fleeces to glorious new hanging fern leaves in brass. Located in Chapel Place, Le Petit Jardin is perched near parks and woodland galore, wonderful for wintery walks before a stroll around town, stopping for coffee and cake, of course. For those further afield, the online shop means we can all share the love of hand crafted goodies right from the comfort of our sofa. 

Don't forget to register for the e-zine - it's free and is a mini 12 page version of the main magazine, so not to be missed! ;) 

91 is pinning... tiles

We are pretty sure we aren't the only ones with a fetish for beautiful tiles. Just check out the Instagram hashtag #ihavethisthingwithtiles and you will instantly feel at one with your tribe of tile obsessives. Walls, floors, indoors, outdoors - we don't mind - if they have pretty patterns and/or pretty colours, we'll snap them, pin them and quite possibly hunt them down for our own downstairs loo. In fact, it was the tiles I lusted over at Paper Mill Studios (an amazing space featured in our new issue) that I then went on to install in my own ground floor lavatory! 

Photo: Cathy Pyle for 91 Magazine

Photo: Cathy Pyle for 91 Magazine

Photo: Cathy Pyle for 91 Magazine

Photo: Cathy Pyle for 91 Magazine

Tiles can vary massively in cost, but you can easily create a feature with some spectacular tiles by covering just a small area - a splash-back, a fireplace, or like me - a small bathroom. (you can see mine here

Bert and May tiles (via Dear Designer) 

Bert and May tiles (via Dear Designer

via Contemporist / Photos: Dean Bradley

via Contemporist / Photos: Dean Bradley

via Topp Tiles 

There are many great tile brands out there that we love. For something a little bit special check out Bert and May, Marrakech Design, Baked Tile Co, Fired Earth and Milagros. If you've got larger areas to cover, then budget friendly websites like Topp Tiles, Tile Mountain and Tons of Tiles are a great places to get straight forward designs like metro tiles. Although, many of these brands are creating interesting options like the above from Topp Tiles - there are different laying options to create various patterns and we love how the coordinating grout makes it look almost like embossed wallpaper.

If you need some more tile inspiration then do pop over to our Tile Love Pinterest board

6 years of 91 Magazine - and we won an award!

This week marks six years since the very first online edition of 91 Magazine hit the internet. It was the 24th October 2011 when I launched my little baby into the world on issuu.com. The first issue was just 54 pages and I cringe when I look back at the design, but even for that first edition we had a group of enthusiastic, creative contributors as well as supportive brands who took advertising space - even when they had no idea what the magazine would be like. I'd like to give a little shout out to Sophie Warren-Smith, our news editor, who has been with me since the very start, gathering lovely things to share on our news pages, and who has always championed the magazine. Also a little wave to Mabel and Rose and Ruby Roost - two independent brands who advertised in that very first issue and still advertise with us today - your continued support is everything to us. 

from Issue 1 - home tour with Veronika - owner of Sarah and Bendrix

from Issue 1 - home tour with Veronika - owner of Sarah and Bendrix

On Wednesday night was a huge moment for myself and the team as we were awarded the Best Interior Magazine Blog award at the Amara interior Blog Awards at the Design Museum in London. It felt particularly special to receive this the same week we celebrate six years of the magazine, and I'm feeling hugely nostalgic this morning as I looked back through our past issues, and observe not only how far we've come, but how much great content we have had over the years. Today I thought I'd take a little trip down memory lane and have picked out one image from each issue - not necessarily my favourite shot because that would just be WAY to difficult to choose! - but certainly some of the images that have stood out for me....

from issue 2 - home tour with Tif Fussell

from issue 2 - home tour with Tif Fussell

Back in those days I was very much a vintage lover and this was a big focus for 91. While I still love vintage, my tastes have changed in terms of interiors and design, and I'm pretty sure you can see this difference through the content we now produce. I guess this is something that all publications go through as trends come and go and tastes evolve. I wonder what we will be publishing six years from now?! 

from issue 3 - home tour with Lise Meunier - Photo: Leigh Metcalf

from issue 3 - home tour with Lise Meunier - Photo: Leigh Metcalf

from issue 4 - home tour with Anna Weinreich

from issue 4 - home tour with Anna Weinreich

from issue 5 - styling kids rooms - Photo: Natalie Jeffcott

from issue 5 - styling kids rooms - Photo: Natalie Jeffcott

from issue 6 - The Hambledon - Photo: Michael Sinclair

from issue 6 - The Hambledon - Photo: Michael Sinclair

Issue 6 was a bit of a turning point for me. It felt like the magazine was really starting to get into its stride and was also being noticed by industry people. It was this feature about The Hambledon and the owner's home that eventually led to me having my first book published. This really highlights how following a dream can led to bigger things you had never even imagined - it's always worth taking a punt and seeing where it leads.... 

from issue 7 - home tour with Nic Guymer - Photo: Elsa Young

from issue 7 - home tour with Nic Guymer - Photo: Elsa Young

from issue 8 - recipe for chocolate cake with lilac cream - Photo: Emelie Ekborg

from issue 8 - recipe for chocolate cake with lilac cream - Photo: Emelie Ekborg

from issue 9 - home tour with Kerry Layton of Seventy Tree

from issue 9 - home tour with Kerry Layton of Seventy Tree

from issue 10 - home tour with Inger Lill Skagen - Photo: Hege Morris

from issue 10 - home tour with Inger Lill Skagen - Photo: Hege Morris

from issue 11 - home tour with Stacy Sirk - Photo: Holly Jolliffe

from issue 11 - home tour with Stacy Sirk - Photo: Holly Jolliffe

While it has been six years since the first issue published, I did in fact take a year off from publishing in 2015. I had my daughter in 2014 and was at the same time writing that aforementioned first book, so struggled to manage much else. But towards the end of that year, I felt it was time to relaunch, and really try and make a mark on the independent magazine market. Along with my fab team, the magazine has progressed in leaps and bounds, we've never looked back. Going in to print was definitely the best decision we ever made.

issue 12 (SS16) - Creative Spaces feature on The Forge, Bristol - Photo: Silkie Lloyd

issue 12 (SS16) - Creative Spaces feature on The Forge, Bristol - Photo: Silkie Lloyd

issue 13 (AW16) - home tour with Ruth van de Louw - Photo: Holly Marder

issue 13 (AW16) - home tour with Ruth van de Louw - Photo: Holly Marder

issue 14 (SS17) - home tour with Britt and Sander, owners of Daily Poetry - Photo: Holly Marder

issue 14 (SS17) - home tour with Britt and Sander, owners of Daily Poetry - Photo: Holly Marder

issue 15 (AW17) - home tour with Liesbeth Disbergen de leeuw

issue 15 (AW17) - home tour with Liesbeth Disbergen de leeuw

I hope you've enjoyed this little trip down memory lane as much as I have! If you fancy taking a peek at all those old digital issues they are free to read on issuu.com and of course if you haven't yet got the brand new AW17 edition on your coffee table, then pop over to the website to get your order in. 

Here's to many more years of beautiful homes and creative content! :) 

Meet the Maker: STALF

Paris Hodson’s journey through fashion has led her to creating her own sustainable brand, STALF, embracing gentle style and slow fashion with a clean and modern aesthetic.

When Paris Hodson studied fashion at university, she was happily ensconced in the world of ‘frivolous’, high-street fashion. However, within a few years, Paris became disillusioned with the ethics of fast-fashion and ‘fluff’ of the London working environment, and began to dream of owning her own label. Paris moved home to Lincolnshire, and began by creating her label, STALF, which started life as a high fashion boutique-style clothing line.

Stalf studio space
Stalf Studio Lincolnshire

Some time later, Paris split from her business partner and in 2015 struck out on her own, designing, drafting, making and selling garments herself from her little pink studio. ‘I wanted to create clothing that is thought-about, and serves the wearer, and in many ways this is the antithesis of fast fashion,’ explains Paris. Even the name STALF - a contraction of her grandparents Stella and Alf’s names - pays homage to this concept. ‘My grandparents were a generation that treasured what they bought, and they bought far less,’ she adds. ‘In the post-war generation people had to look after their clothes - they weren’t cheap and were far better quality.’

The key words Paris uses throughout our conversation are ‘easy-wear’, ‘simple’ and ‘effortless.’ Comfortable, but never scruffy, the clothes would be equally suitable for a school run, a business lunch or a creative retreat. The simple, oversized shapes and calming palette help to create a capsule wardrobe, and Paris tends to change very little season-to-season. ‘We have a few core garments that help build the STALF look,’ says Paris. ‘The jumpsuit, cocoon trousers and linen tees are ever popular, and we concentrate on the ethics and quality of the clothing instead.’

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The tactile cottons, linens and silks are supplied by mostly British and Irish manufacturers, and Paris’s close relationship with her suppliers means she can always source the best quality fabrics, and even collaborate on exclusive prints and colours. ‘When I’m designing the collections I am in the mindset of the STALF woman,’ Paris describes. ‘I’m not interested in high street trends, instead I think about how I feel in the clothes, and how the clothes fit together so that the thought process of dressing oneself is taken away.’

The creation of the clothing itself all takes place at the STALF studio, a former butcher’s in Caistor, Lincolnshire. The shop front now serves as the workshop, with a small team of six seamstresses cutting and making the clothes to order every day. ‘With six people in the workshop it’s a really bustling workplace,’ smiles Paris. ‘Each piece is cut and made to order, so you can imagine how much it has grown from just me to having six people in the studio each day.’ The selling platform is a newly-refreshed website, and reflects the growing business. ‘Everything happens here at the studio, from me sketching the garment on a scrap of paper, to drafting and cutting the pattern, an experienced seamstress making the garment to it being packaged and posted internationally,’ Paris adds. ‘This is what makes us so special - it’s hard to find the skills to create this small-scale production here in the UK, and it could be a challenge in the future to find more as the business grows.’

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However, Paris’s commitment to the core ethics of the business means that she has no plans to outsource the work. In fact, work is well underway to expand the studio across the rest of the former butcher’s site. ‘We’re hoping to move the workshop into the former abattoir and use the shop front space as an open studio with samples on display - this way customers can come in, try the clothing on and advise on what they want to see in their next collections.’ As well as preparing for her first baby’s arrival, Paris has recently taken STALF to Edinburgh with a pop-up shop. ‘Meeting and having conversations with the customers was so, so wonderful,’ laughs Paris. ‘It was great to put customer’s names to faces, and really understand how our customers wear our clothes and how they interact with their daily wardrobes.’ Paris admits that it can take many months for a new idea to take form, but the renovation of the studio and her home, as well as the website, is enough to keep her inspired while she takes a step back for motherhood. ‘Ultimately, STALF is about provenance,’ she concludes. ‘I like to think it’s bigger than fashion, it’s simply connecting to the process of getting dressed.’

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Stalf - Indie fashion label

Quickfire Questions...

Describe your work in three words: Effortless, simple, loved

What are your making rituals? The ideas for a new collection will sit in my head for a long time before they’re ever committed to paper. After that, a really good pen is all I need to sketch the visuals before drafting. So, time is my making ritual.

Tea or Coffee? Coffee!

Mountains or Sea? Mountains, I really don’t like water much!

Night Owl or Early Bird? Early bird - mornings are important to take time for oneself.

I wish someone had told me... To have more confidence in myself and my work.

Photography: STALF Studio

www.stalf.co.uk

An Instagrammers Guide to: Copenhagen

Unsurprisingly, my camera worked hard on my recent trip to the Danish capital of Copenhagen; constantly hanging from my shoulder, ready to capture every effortlessly stylish scene we came across. Apart from my husband, my other trusty companion was the Copenhagen Style Guide which led us direct to many photo worthy hotspots, whilst we stumbled upon many other great places to stop for a bite, browse for a moment or pause and admire. I've selected a few of my favourite spots to get carried away with your camera, all while enjoying great food and drink and shopping the Scandi way.... 

Coffee Collective Copenhagen
Coffee Collective

The Coffee Collective - We were staying in an Air BnB in Frederiksberg, and were thrilled to realise on our first morning, that The Coffee Collective's largest cafe was just around the corner. Tucked down a side street off Godthåbsvej, the airy industrial space also houses their roastery, so you can watch the coffee being produced while sipping your first cup of the day. I actually don't drink coffee, but instead I enjoyed one of the best hot chocolate's I've ever had. As we paid, we chatted with the barista who gave us lots of recommendations for places to check out during our trip, cementing my preconception that the Danes are a very friendly bunch! 

The Coffee Collective

IG: @coffeecollectif

Vanishing Point, Copenhagen
Kaktus, Copenhagen

Explore Jagersborggade - One of our friendly barista's recommendations was to head to Jagersborggade - a street lined with cool indie shops, bars and cafes. Vanishing Point describes itself as a 'craft shop' on it's website, but rather than being a supplies shop as this might imply, it is filled with objects from ceramics and jewellery to art prints and textiles handmade by craftspeople. It's concrete walls and rustic fittings are the perfect way to showcase their carefully curated range of products. A few doors down is Kaktus selling an abundance of those spiky little specimens we are all so taken by. Sadly a cactus is not a hand baggage friendly souvenir, but worth the visit nonetheless! 

Vanishing Point  / IG: @vanishing_point_studio

Kaktus / IG: @kaktus_kbh

Gonzo cafe, Copenhagen

Later on in our trip we returned to Jagersborggade, and enjoyed an early evening beer in Gonzo Cafe. Here it felt almost like hanging out in a cosy living room - a wood burning stove roared in the centre of the room, and comfy sofas were draped with soft throws, along with a wall of unusual plants interspersed with twinkling candles. It became clear very early on that the Danes have a plant obsession to rival our own here in the UK.... I was in houseplant heaven!

Gonzo Cafe

IG: @gonzocafe

Torvehallerne food market, Copenhagen
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Torvehallerne food market, Copenhagen
Torvehallerne food market, Copenhagen

Torvehallerne food market - Foodie fans don't want to miss an afternoon stroll around Torvehallerne food market. This is definitely one of the smartest most stylish food markets I've ever visited (no surprise really!) and it's not restricted to food only - I came across some gorgeous plant and flower stalls, as well as a lovely skincare brand selling their wares. 

Torvehallerne food market

IG: @torvehallernekbh

Rundetaarn, Copenhagen

Rundetaarn - If you haven't been to Copenhagen before, it's worth spending half an hour walking the spiral ramp of the Rundetaarn to get some great views across the city. I'm not sure if we were just lucky, but the day we visited there were no queues and not that many folk inside, making it easy to get some lovely shots of the curved shapes and contrasting textures inside. Ascending a tower is this way seems so much more civilised than trudging up hundreds of stairs - even in the 17th century the Danes were getting design just right! 

Rundetaarn

IG: @theroundtower

Hay House, Copenhagen
Hay House, Copenhagen
Hay House, Copenhagen

Hay House - No interior junkie's trip to this city is complete without a visit to Hay House. You will have to venture into the busier part of the city (we combined it with seeing the Rundetaarn) but it's totally worth it for the two floors of beautiful furniture, homewares, stationery and lifestyle products. It's impossible to leave without treating yourself to a little something. I bought a small mirror but could've bought much more if it wasn't for pesky baggage allowances! 

Hay

IG: @haydesign

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flower shop copenhagen
flower shop copenhagen
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Shop & eat on Værnedamsvej - Spend a morning strolling along this lovely street in Frederiksberg, although remember that shops open late in Copenhagen. (we were often found peering through the windows waiting for them to open!) You can pop into Granola for breakfast while you wait though, and then head next door to the glorious flower and plant shop Blomsterskuret - unusual plants and flowers styled to perfection. Pop across to home store Dora which is filled with beautiful pieces for all areas of your home. 

Blomsterskuret / IG: @blomsterskuret

Dora / IG: @shopdora

Bak shop Copenhagen
Bak shop Copenhagen
Bak shop Copenhagen

Bak - When we were exploring Jagersborggade, I was disappointed that Bak, one of the shops listed in the Style Guide, was no longer there. The next day, while wandering the streets of Frederiksberg, I was elated (I mean, literally elated!) to spot Bak shop across the road! (it's now located on Gammel Kongevej) I'm so pleased we stumbled across it as it was probably my favourite shop we visited. It's a small store but it is packed with beautiful homewares, prints, stationery, magazines and books and LOTS of plants. There is even a dreamy little potting area at the back! I chatted with the lovely owner who was thrilled to see her shop in the book, despite it being listed in it's old location. This is a must visit, I could have lingered here for much longer than is probably acceptable... 

IG: @bak_shop

Bloom Copenhagen
Bloom Copenhagen
Bloom Copenhagen

Bloom - I'm so pleased we choose to stay in Frederiksberg as there are so many lovely little independent shops and cafes in the area. One of note is Bloom, which, on our first few days was always closed when we happened to be passing, and I'd gaze in at the beautiful interior and that pink sofa! Thankfully, on our final morning it was open! It was indeed as lovely inside as it looked, as was the owner of the shop who I enjoyed a good chat with.  If only I could've smuggled a few of these green beauties back in my bag! 

Bloom

IG: @bloom_cph

Vakst Copenhagen
Photos via Vakst

Photos via Vakst

Vakst - Greenery and plants were a definite theme to our stay in Copenhagen, so we thought it appropriate to have our last evening meal in a restaurant with a greenhouse in the middle! Vakst didn't disappoint both in the style stakes and the food. It certainly wasn't our cheapest meal ever, but then nothing is particularly cheap in Copenhagen! It was a great meal in a beautiful setting and well worth a bit of a splurge. 

Vakst

IG: @cofocodk

All photos by Caroline Rowland unless otherwise stated. 

Check out our previous Instagrammers Guides: Rye in East Sussex and Stockholm, Sweden

WIN a We Are Knitters blanket kit

We absolutely love collaborating with cool brands that we love and think you will love too. In the new issue we teamed up with We Are Knitters and Melody Hoffman to showcase a couple of We Are Knitters gorgeous knitting kits. We opted for two kits from their homeware range, but you can also pick from their cosy garments range, perfect for whipping up some great Christmas gifts or just to keep yourself snug this winter.

We Are Knitters collaboration

Even if you are a knitting novice, never fear, as the kits provide you with everything you need to give it a whirl, and they are categorised into skill levels so you can start off easy and progress if you wish. To celebrate our collaboration the lovely folk of We Are Knitters are offering one 91 Magazine reader the chance to win the sleepy blanket kit as featured in the magazine! The kit is worth £99 and the winner will be able to select their preferred colour of wool. 

We Are Knitters giveaway

So, to be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is enter your details below. A winner will be drawn at random after the closing date which is 8th November 2017. Please see below for further terms and conditions. 

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Terms and Conditions

1. Only entries made before the closing date - 8th November 2017 will be valid. 

2. The winner will be selected at random and will be notified via the email address they provided shortly after the closing date. 

3. The winner will have until 24th November 2017 to respond with their chosen wool colour and delivery address. If a reply is not received by this date, they will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen. 

4. No cash alternative. 

5. The giveaway is open to worldwide entries. 

6. By entering the giveaway and providing your email address you are giving permission to be added to the mailing lists of both 91 Magazine and We are Knitters. Your details will not be shared with any further third parties. 

This post was sponsored by We Are Knitters. Images by Melody Hoffman for 91 Magazine.  

91 is reading... The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

There's nothing that gets my creative juices flowing and my determination peeking than reading other creative peoples' stories. Whether that's an indie maker just starting out on their journey or a powerhouse of a businessperson whose creative goals have surpassed themselves - it's all thought provoking and inspiring stuff that makes you remember where you've come from and where you want to be. 

The Kinfolk Entrepreneur - review

So when I heard of Kinfolk's latest book offering I was bursting to dive in and discover the collection of people they had curated and of course soak up the ever-enchanting photography that accompanies all that Kinfolk do. It is a chunky tome - 368 pages in fact - and I'll admit I haven't quite managed to get through it all yet - but split up into individual stories from over 40 entrepreneurs, it is easy to dip in and out and read snippets as and when. 

Photo: Lasse Fløde

Photo: Lasse Fløde

There are passages and quotes that jumped out at me - such as the lyrics from a Talking Heads track that is significant to creative director Damir Doma - "Never for the money, always for love" - something which resonates deeply with me also. I left a relatively well paid job to pursue my passion for 91 Magazine, and yes, I'm much less well off financially, but I LOVE what I do, and the fulfilment from that is so much more important. Of course, if your passion can pay well then all the better, but it's clear from the people within this book that their businesses began with a dream, and the drive to make something special grow from nothing. 

Photo Jacopo Moschin

Photo Jacopo Moschin

Photo: Jacopo Moschin

Photo: Jacopo Moschin

Fashion designer Azéde Jean-Pierre comments "It's not a brand unless you create desire. People must want to buy into it," while graphic designer Pum Lefebure explains how starting out feels: "You have to create a vision of exactly what you want. Of course you don't know how the hell you're going to get there, but you dream. You figure it out." Not only do we have to follow our dream and discover how to make it happen, but we also have to remember why we are doing it - who is it for? Will people want it? Will they part with their hard earned cash to have a slice of your dream? 

Photo: Jacopo Moschin

Photo: Jacopo Moschin

Instinctively, I was drawn to the story of Kevin Ma - publisher of Hype Beast - a print magazine and digital platform based in Hong Kong. His beginnings similar to my own - starting a blog via Blogger, making small amounts of money alongside another job, but Kevin's brand has exploded, now with 124 employees working for him. It's an awe-inspiring publishing success story, yet Kevin comes across as incredibly humble and realistic, pointing out that his success is probably just down to 'good timing' - and that he hit the blogging world just before digital media became hugely saturated. Perhaps, but I get the feeling it's mostly due to pure grit, determination and intense passion for what he does. 

Photo: Jacopo Moschin

Photo: Jacopo Moschin

The Kinfolk Entrepreneur encompasses a wide range of people from designers and hoteliers to publishers and bakers to restauranteurs and retailers - sharing stories, advice, and more than anything - a love for what they create. I've never been one to read classic business books - they don't tend to induce excitement or enthusiasm - but Kinfolk has created something in this book that not only provides practical advice, but that provokes you to dream big, take that leap and find true meaning in work. 

The Kinfolk Entrepreneur by Nathan Williams (Artisan Books) publishes in the UK on the 17th October, retailing for £28.

Pre-order on Amazon now.

The A/W 17 issue is here!

The AW17 issue has finally landed and it has more pages than ever - an extra 8 pages of beautiful content for you to enjoy! This time we have a subtle textiles theme running through the magazine, perfect for getting snuggly in the colder months. How much to you just want to clamber into that bed on the cover?! 

91 Magazine AW17 issue

We've been overwhelmed by how many of you have pre-ordered this new issue, it has broken a record for us, and we are so pleased that more and more people are discovering and enjoying 91 Magazine. It is a learning curve for us with every issue, and we really hope that you find each one as inspiring as the last.

91 Magazine - independent interiors magazine

Here's a little peek inside the pages - at the homes, studios and other creative spaces that we have explored. It truly is a beautiful collection of places to discover and be inspired by, so if you haven't already got your copy on order, then hop straight over to our shop page to get yours delivered to your door. 

inside the latest issue of 91 Magazine
independent stores inside 91 Magazine
creative spaces inside 91 Magazine

HUGE thank you as always goes to Team 91 - Laura, Kath, Lucy, Olivia, Catherine and Melissa - you ladies are ACE! And also to the wonderful contributors who fill our pages with their stunning images and inspiring words. I'm so proud of what we have created, and I thank every single reader for picking up a copy and supporting us. Don't forget to share your pics of the magazine online - using the hashtag #my91magazine - you will find us on Instagram at @91magazine

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