Our Seek Inspire Create in Hastings

At the end of June, we hosted the 2nd in our series of Seek Inspire Create days. For our summer event, we decided to head to the coast, to one of my favourite seaside towns - Hastings. I’ve you’ve missed what these events are all about, it is basically a chance for us to bring the magazine to life - visiting in person some of types of beautiful independent stores we feature in the magazine as well as meeting and learning from inspirational creative women and getting the chance to make something beautiful with our hands. The days follows the structure of Seek, Inspire, Create - this is a little run through of the day, with beautiful images by SarahLou Francis.


The first part of the day took in three of my favourite independent shops in the town. We featured all of these shops in our Instagrammer’s Guide to Hastings post, and I always pop in when I visit the town. What makes the visit extra special when part of our event is that we get to hear direct from the owners all about the story behind their business and have the chance to ask questions, before browsing and shopping with exclusive discount. I’m pretty sure our whole group treated themselves to some goodies, it was hard to resist that’s for sure!

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Butlers Emporium
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Butlers Emporium
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Butlers Emporium
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Butlers Emporium
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Butlers Emporium

We kicked off the day at Butler’s Emporium, a shop I have visited for many years now. Sadly owner Rose was away on a buying trip to Morocco when we were there this time, but her colleague Julia shared a little bit of insight into how they go about sourcing their eclectic mix of products from around the world as well as from British independent makers. The shop used to be a traditional hardware store, and Rose has kept lots of the original fittings to display her wares, so the bones of the space itself are just as interesting as what she has filled it with! It’s unlikely you will leave this shop without a little treat for yourself or a gift for someone.

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft

After a quick coffee stop, we headed to Warp and Weft, just a few doors down from Butler’s Emporium. This store is incredibly unique and one of the most interesting shops I’ve ever been in. Owner Leida was a wonderful host, giving us a tour of both floors of the shop as well as their workshop area. Leida and her team design and make all the garments in their classic collection of clothing for men and women, which can all be tailored to fit perfectly. While they’ve been doing what they do for years, it feels even more relevant these days, as we all become more akin with the idea of buying clothes to last. Again, the shop is housed in a beautiful old building which is steeped in history and oozing character. Make sure you don’t stroll past it’s narrow store front on your next visit to the town.

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Reste
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Reste
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Reste
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Reste
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Reste

The last stop on the SEEK section of the day was Reste - a treasure trove of rattan, plants, ceramics, magazines (including 91!), stationery, beauty products and much more. Owner Jacqui is so lovely and told us about how different her previous business was - running a party-ware shop! Now, her focus is very much on sustainability and helping people create a home that is filled with natural materials, greenery and eco-friendly products. I’m pretty sure I could spend a good hour in here (at least!) poring over all the beautiful items, trying to decide what to treat myself to! On this visit, one of the gorgeous rattan mirrors made it’s way back to 91 HQ!

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - The Crown pub for lunch
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - The Crown pub for lunch
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - The Crown pub for lunch
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - The Crown pub for lunch
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - talk with nutritionalist Daniela Exley
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - talk with ceramicist Pip WIlcox


After a morning of shopping, we were all ready for a sit down and some food, so we headed around the corner to our table in the friendly Crown Pub. Goodie bags awaited our guests as did a delicious light lunch menu. After filling our tummies, we bundled into the cosy snug at the other side of the pub, where we were met by two inspirational women, ready to share their wisdom with us. First up was Daniela Exley, a naturopathic nutritionalist, who runs Beets, Pulse and Thyme. Daniela really does know her stuff when it comes to all things healthy eating and we all learnt so much about easy changes we can implement in our diets. Everyone in the group scrambled to snap up one of her ‘28 Day Mind and Body Reset’ books at the end of the session! Following Daniela, was Pip Wilcox, a ceramicist who has made Hastings her adopted home. Her move to the town was part of her story which she shared with us whole-heartedly, focussing on the how and why involved in making a big change in your life. Pip’s words resonated with all of us in the room, and afterwards we all admitted to getting a little bit emotional! Thank you to both ladies for being so incredibly generous with your knowledge and advice.

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room


Feeling inspired, we chat all things creative as we take a stroll along the seafront to our final venue. Stepping into Cake Room we are immediately hit by the most amazing aromas and met by the creator of these delicious scents - Thabi - owner of Lagom candles. (You may have spotted her in our current issue too!) Thabi has prepared mini candle making stations for us all, and we spend the first part of the session learning all about essential oils and the different types of wax used for making candles. (Paraffin wax is a bad choice - avoid at all costs folks!) We all then had a chance to make our own soy candle which Thabi later posted to us to enjoy at home. The day was, of course, rounded off with tea and cake - a delicious vegan gingerbread and cola cake no less!

Like with our previous event in Lewes (you can read about that one here) it really was my ideal day out - shopping in beautiful stores, chatting with like-minded folk, being inspired by other creative women AND getting to make something wonderful to take home! I know that some people have perhaps been put off by the ticket price, but for everything that the day offers I really think it is great value. Sometimes we need to invest in ourselves - give ourselves time away from the every day and spend time with others who ‘get’ you.

The plan is to hopefully do one more of these events this year, so I really hope to see some more of you at that one. If there is anything you’d love to see us do at future events, please do leave a comment here, or via social media or email. These events are for our readers and we want them to be everything you’d love from a day built just for you.

Thanks to everyone that was involved in our day in Hastings - it was simply fabulous!

All photography: SarahLou Francis

Instagrammer's guide to: Sheffield

Sheffield is emerging as one of the most creative cities in the north of England, with lots of interesting businesses opening up to serve the creative community. Karen Barlow shares with us a few of her top spots for eating, shopping and taking photos around the city.

Despite being only about 90 minutes away from my home in Manchester, until quite recently, I had only visited the city of Sheffield once before. In recent years - and mainly because I became infatuated with the beautiful Instagram feed of Sheffield florists Swallows & Damsons (more on that later) - I became curious to know more about this city.

Home to the world’s most famous steel, Henderson’s relish (Sheffield’s version of Worcestershire sauce) and the Arctic Monkeys, this former industrial city is on the verge of big changes. The city’s brutalist architecture maintains it’s urban edge while many quarters have been gradually gentrified. Many new food destinations, craft ale bars and cool coffee shops have popped up and it’s development is rapid. What gives the cityscape it’s energy is it’s diversity. Beautiful Victorian villas overlooking charming parks contrast with edgier, alternative and characterful neighbourhoods - each area feeling like a separate town within one city.

 Below are a selection of my favourite spots I’ve discovered as I have got to know this interesting and vibrant city…

Tamper Coffee, Sheffield - Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine

Tamper Coffee

Every day should begin with coffee and there are many great cafes worth a visit in and around Sheffield. My favourite - serving freshly ground offerings, New Zealand style - is Tamper. Located at Sellers Wheel, a fantastic former 19th Century Silversmiths, it is in the heart of the Cultural Industries Quarter. This area is an interesting place to start and get a sense of how this city would have looked during the industrial revolution - it’s full of renovated factory buildings and mills, none more impressive than Sellers Wheel. You’ll find other branches of Tamper at Westfield Terrace and Kommune (see below).

IG: @tampercoffeesw

The Blind Mole

The Blind Mole

Kelham Island

For an afternoon of mooching, head over to Kelham Island. This area is still undergoing lots of change and redevelopment, but it’s home to some interesting independents, such as The Blind Mole antiques and the Peddler night market, a popular venue for street food, craft beer and music, held on the first Friday and Saturday of each month. Cutlery Works at Kelham Island, is the largest food destination in the north of England, with a range of permanent and pop up eateries and bars, located over two floors in a former factory building. Just across the road, overlooking the river Don, is Church, located in a former steel works factory. Opened by Oli Sykes, front man for the band Bring Me Horizon and his wife, and appropriately named Temple of fun - in part due to its selection of retro arcade machines, play stations and pool table -the restaurant and bar are 100% vegan.

IG: @the_blind_mole/

IG: @peddlermkt/

IG: @cutleryworks

IG: @templeof.fun



La Biblioteka

La Biblioteka


Recently opened in a former Co-op store In the heart of the city, you’ll find Kommune which houses a selection of food and drink destinations, The Viewing Room art gallery and La Biblioteka, an independent bookstore, which sells a selection of gifts and specialist art and design magazines (including 91!) Kommune is closed on Mondays, but open every other day of the week.

IG: @kommune_castlehouse

IG: @labiblioteka 

collard manson, Sheffield - Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine

Collard Manson

Vintage fans should head to Devonshire Street where you’ll find some of the city’s best vintage clothes shops, such as Vulgar and Mooch Vintage and just around the corner, Cow Vintage. Collard Manson is also located here - something of an institution in Sheffield. The owners have been trading in beautiful homewares, gifts and clothes since 2002. It is exquisitely and cleverly merchandised with a distinctive style; walking into the double height store almost feels like being transported to European destination - somewhere more akin to Amsterdam or Berlin – well worth a browse.

IG: @collardmanson

Moonko, Sheffield - Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine


Further along onto Division Street, you’ll come upon Moonko, another independent store channeling a European aesthetic and vibe. Against a backdrop of white walls sit a selection of homewares, artwork, stationery and ceramics, all nestled amongst an array of indoor plants, creating what can only be described as an urban jungle. The owners and staff have in-depth knowledge of how to care for each species should you need any advice or guidance on looking after your purchases. Their products, mainly crafted by independent makers, have been carefully selected according to their eco-credentials.

IG: @moonko____

Photo:  @Haarkon_

Photo: @Haarkon_

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

If plants are your thing, then look no further than the Botanical Gardens just off Ecclesall Road in the centre of Sheffield. Over 150 years old and listed by English Heritage as a grade II site of special historic and architectural interest, the glasshouses are full of rare species of plants from tropical countries and are a horticulturist’s dream, not to mention being extremely photogenic. There is also a tea room and a calendar of events, including a 3-day music festival every July.

Cocoa Wonderland

Also on Ecclesall Road is Cocoa Wonderland, a must-visit for chocoholics and the sweet-toothed. The café and shop transport you back to a fantasy land of nostalgia with shelves of sweets and treats from a bygone world in glass jars and indulgent hot chocolate and cream teas served from vintage china.

IG: @cocoa_wonderland

Sheffield antiques centre - Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine

The Antiques Quarter

The Antiques Quarter is situated at Abbeydale Road and is dominated by an impressive former ballroom now known as The Abbeydale Picture House. This independently run venue is the location for live music events, cocktails, craft beer and street food plus the monthly Pedlars Corner Flea Market. This area is home to over 60 independent bars, restaurants, delis and bakers, florists and small businesses.

IG: @sheffieldantiquescentre

Swallows and Damsons 

In the same area is the shop that led me to Sheffield in the first place: Florist, Swallows & Damsons. Initially drawn in by their popular Instagram feed, in real life, the shop owned by Anna Potter, is equally as inspiring. A mix of gorgeous flowers and plants, are complimented by a varied selection of pots and vessels for your blooms, and its wooden-panelled tongue and groove walls and vintage style display units make for some great Instagram shots for your own gallery. If you can’t make it to the shop itself, grab a slice of the floral action via Anna’s first book, The Flower Fix, which has just published, showcasing her beautiful space and floral arrangements.

IG: @swallowsanddamsons

Forge bakehouse, Sheffield - Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine

Forge Bakehouse

Not far away is the Forge Bakehouse, where everything from the seasonally-changing bread, pastries and even the fillings for the patisseries are handmade on the premises. It’s so good that it’s almost impossible to get a shot of the bakery fully stocked, so get there early before they sell out. As well as baked goods to take away, food and drinks are served from breakfast until dinner within the lovely light-filled glass extension on the side of the bakery, with a further seating area upstairs.

IG: @forgebakehouse

Bragazzis, Sheffield - Instagarmmer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine


 If you are a bit of a foodie and fancy picking up some Italian groceries to take home with you while you’re here, head further up Abbeydale road to Bragazzis deli and café. Here you will find the finest Italian anti pasti, olives and bread, or sit inside and treat yourself to a range of paninis and salads and of course, great quality coffee.

IG: @bragazzis

Words & photography by @karen_barlow, unless otherwise credited.

Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield - by 91 Magazine

An Instagrammer's guide to: Folkestone, Kent

In the latest of our Instagrammer guides, blogger Clementine May takes us on a tour of her home town of Folkestone.

Located on the south east coast of Kent, Folkestone is a seaside town with a thriving artist community and a unique selection of independent shops. It’s just an hour from London by train and makes for the perfect day trip. In the summer months people flock to the Harbour Arm to enjoy street food, pop up bars, live music and even a champagne bar in a lighthouse. But a walk along the cobbled streets of the Old High Street is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours anytime of the year. This part of town (also known as the Creative Quarter) is where independent shops nestle alongside artist studios, coffee houses and a mix of old and new architecture.

Kitty McCall shop in Folkestone, Kent
Kitty McCall shop in Folkestone, Kent

Kitty McCall

Located on the bustling Old High Street, this shop is like a breath of fresh air with its colourful and vibrant designs. Catherine Nice (founder of Kitty McCall) is a graphic print designer living and working in Folkestone. With fourteen years experience working in the creative industries this shop has become home to her bright, bold, tropical prints. Her beautiful designs adorn a whole host of lifestyle products ranging from lampshades and stationary to framed prints and wrapping paper.

IG: @kittymccall

Moo Like a Monkey, Folkestone, Kent
Moo Like a Monkey, Folkestone, Kent

Moo Like a Monkey

This shop is a little gem; filled with beautifully designed toys, books and clothes for children. There are handmade wooden toys, a unique selection of clothes with colourful Scandinavian designs and a selection of books celebrating diversity and the individual. Although Moo Like a Monkey has only been open a year, the ethos is strong and all items have been thoughtfully sourced from new designers locally and from around the world. Everything is unique and sustainably made; making this the perfect place to pick up a special gift for the little ones in your life. The shop is also brilliantly child friendly; the kids are encouraged to play with anything within their reach so they are kept entertained while you can relax and browse.


Workshop Number 29, Folkestone, Kent
Workshop Number 29, Folkestone, Kent

Workshop Number Twenty Nine

Although this shop is compact it is filled (inside and out) with a selection of beautiful objects. Everything ranging from old posters and signs to chairs, tables and light fittings. I love looking through their selection of kitchen utensils and the more useful, everyday items like clothes pegs and door knobs all with individual style and attractive detailing. The items have been artfully curated from architectural salvage and lovingly restored. When the weather is fine, pieces are stacked up outside the shop making it almost impossible to walk past without feeling the need to step into this elegant shop front for a closer look. Keep an eye on their beautiful instagram account to find out opening times (currently Saturdays only).

IG: @workshopnumber29

The Potting Shed, Folkestone, Kent
The Potting Shed, Folkestone, Kent

The Potting Shed

Also located on Rendezvous Street and just opposite Workshop Twenty Nine is The Potting Shed; a new take on the old antique shop. With a selection of decorative pieces and furniture, each object is unique and with a story to tell. When I visited there was a 1940s hand-painted fairground sign, mid-century armchairs and a selection of ceramic and glass vases. Everything has been styled to create a beautiful setting against the backdrop of the shop’s very own indoor potting shed.

IG: @tpsfolkestone

Pot and Vessel, Folkestone, Kent
Pot and Vessel, Folkestone, Kent

Pot and Vessel

This little plant store is an oasis of succulents and cacti with a range of beautifully made ceramic and terracotta pots (both modern and vintage). All the plants are lovingly tended to and with so much choice there is a plant here for everyone. This shop is a little further out of town but it’s worth the walk. It's hard to leave without picking up a little plant complete with pot and a whole wealth of plant care knowledge and advice. Keep an eye on their Instagram as they quite often have workshops and pop ups on the old high street in town and elsewhere in the area.

IG: @pot_and_vessel

Folkestone Beach Huts
Folkestone Beach Huts

A walk to Sandgate village

If you have time for a wander along the coast then I would recommend walking through the Lower Leas Coastal Park that stretches from Folkestone to the little seaside village of Sandgate.  Pick up the path at the old vernacular Leas lift and follow it through the gardens and adventure playground or veer off onto the pebbled beach promenade. This shoreline route will take you past the Mermaid Beach and ice cream coloured beach huts. With a farmers market on the first and third Saturday of the month and numerous antique shops, Sandgate is full of mooching potential. I like to explore the quaint fisherman’s cottages that are dotted around the back streets (Wilberforce Road offers a pretty selection) and if you are feeling energetic take the footpath at the end of this road (you will find it in the car park) to the woods behind the village.

Orchard Lane Coffee House, Folkestone, Kent
Orchard Lane Coffee House, Folkestone, Kent

Orchard Lane Coffee House

This little coffee shop on Sandgate high street serves an impressive range of vegetarian food and vegan cakes. Just a stone's throw from the beach it’s a perfect place to grab lunch or a bite to eat after a walk along the coastal path. If you don’t manage to make it down to Sandgate then Orchard Lane also have a coffee bar in Hot Salvation Records. This laid back record store sells a wide selection of old and new vinyl on Rendezvous Street (just next to the Potting Shed) so you can browse their records while enjoying the Lane’s excellent coffee and vegan muffins.

IG: @orchardlanecoffeehouse / @hotsalvation

Photo: Sophie Rowell

Photo: Sophie Rowell

Photo: Sophie Rowell

Photo: Sophie Rowell

The Bayle Folkestone

This beautiful Georgian house located in the pretty Bayle area of Folkestone has been stylishly renovated and decorated by Sophie Rowell (owner of Folkestone based interior service Côte de Folk). This elegant location house is available to rent. Sleeping eight people it is the perfect place to bring friends and family for a long weekend by the sea. Sourcing objects from Morocco and France as well as closer to home, Sophie has created a beautiful, functional and serene home from home. Cote de Folk is involved in a number of creative projects across Folkestone, you can find out more via their Instagram account.

IG: @cotedefolk / @thebaylefolkestone

Photography by Clementine May unless otherwise stated.

London indie events this weekend

As Christmas is now on the horizon lots of fabulous events are starting to pop up to fill our weekends with finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones. My aim this Christmas is to buy most, if not all, my gifts from independent brands, and luckily this is made easier by lots of the indie markets being held in coming weeks. There will be lots going on all over the country, so do check out what is happening local to you, but I just wanted to highlight five events that I am hoping to attend this weekend in London, or over the next few weeks - if I can make it to them all!

And Agency London pop up event November 2018

And Agency Pop up store

The first event is actually one 91 is taking part in. It is a pop up store run by And Agency which will feature a carefully curated selection of independent brands, including Blasta Henriet, Barton Croft and Undercover Living plus a selection of lovely ethical fashion and jewellery brands. It is happening in the heart of Shoreditch and will run from the 16th - 30th November. You can pick up copies of both our AW18 issue as well as the SS18 issue at the event. See more of what you can expect via their Instagram feed.

32 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PB

16th - 30th November 2018

Mon-Sat: 11-6pm, Sunday: 10-5pm.


The Assembly Market, Stoke Newington

The Assembly Market

The Assembly Market is happening in Stoke Newington and is an ‘assembly’ of independent designers in the fashion, accessories, homeware & art sectors. Brands include P.I.C. Style (pictured above), Under the Cloth and Paper Covers Rock. The two day event has focussed on bringing together designers who have a commitment to sustainability as well as beautiful aesthetics - you can view the full list of those taking part here or follow along on their Instagram.

Abney Hall, 73A Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AS

Saturday 17th November - 11-6pm

Sunday 18th November - 11-5pm


Occasional Home store Christmas event 2018

Occasional Home Store Winter Weekend

The Occasional Home Store is back with their popular event mixing vintage and contemporary brands in one shopping extravaganza. Not only this, they will have a programme of events happening over the two days to keep you busy, so do check out their listings. You will find Pea Style there (whose home is in our AW18 issue!), as well as designers such as Ondine Ash and Meylor Paper Goods.

West Reservoir Centre, Green Lanes, London, N4 2HA

17th & 18th November 2018 - 10am - 4pm


The Mamahood Winter pop up


The Mamahood supports independent businesses run by mothers, the 16th November sees the opening of another one of their popular shopping events in East Dulwich. There will be 80 brands on sale, so it’ll be pretty tricky not to find something you love! Sellers include Little Carousel, Button and Blue (pictured), and Julia Staite. You may just get your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop!

7 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8EW

16th November - until mid-February (when the Spring pop up will immediately follow!)

Mon - Sat: 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sundays: 12-5pm (closed between Christmas and new year)


Creoate pop up, Covent Garden

Last but not least, is a pop up store I stumbled across while wandering the streets of Covent Garden last week. Creoate are an organisation who bring together retail products and experiences for independent brands. I was excited to see a platform for female independent brands right in the heart of Central London which is often dominated by the big corporate names. They’ve also got a plethora of workshops happening too. There’s a wide range of items from homeware and beauty to fashion and art, so do pop in - they are there until the 23rd December. Discover some of the brands they stock on their Instagram.

37 Neal Street, London, WC2H 9PR

now until 23rd December