Bristol is full of talented artists and makers. From jewellery to bags, bikes to interiors, chances are you’ll find it handmade here. On top of making one-of-a-kind products, many of Bristol’s artisans care about sustainability and durability. You know you’re getting something worthwhile when you shop local. Here are 10 awesome things that are handmade in Bristol. If you’re looking to launch, expand or move your creative business, check out our available spaces.
1) Giftwrap by Sky Siouki
Sky makes a number of illustrated gifts and decorative items that are inspired by her love of nature. She makes sure that all of her products are made as locally as possible. They are both beautiful and ethical.
2) Upcycled ottomans by Made Anew
Chloe of Made Anew has a passion for reinventing neglected items. Evertything she creates is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. You’ll find ottomans, tables, cabinets and cushions in her online store – all handmade in Bristol. Check out our blog interview with her here.
3) Pretty knitwear by Amber Hards
Amber Hards is a Bristol-based knitwear designer. She graduated from the University of the South West of England with a first class degree in fashion and textile design, and has since worked on a number of exciting projects. You can shop her wonderful designs on her website.
4) Contemporary jewellery by Little Nells
Penny launched Little Nells in 2010, after a lifelong love of collecting beads and trinkets. She makes a variety of jewellery, including necklaces, bracelets, hair accessories and earrings. She also handmakes made-to-order pieces. You’ll find her available products on her website.
5) Environmentally friendly interiors by Sustainable Kitchens
Sustainable Kitchens was founded by Sam and Charlie, and is based in Bristol. The team have a passion for the environment, and will ethically source sustainable materials for your bespoke kitchen. Their wood is sourced from sustainable forests, and 90% of the waste from the building process is recycled. The kitchens are stunning – you can’t go wrong.
6) Cakes by Ahh Toots
If you’ve been through St. Nicholas Market, you’ll have probably seen Ahh Toots’ incredible cakes. You’ll know right away when you see one, they have an unmistakable style. There’s nothing Ahh Toots can’t can’t bake.
7) Illustrated homeware by Ceridwen Hazelchild Design
Ceridwen Hazelchild is an illustrator and designer of homeware and accessories. Her work is both artistic and practical. Ceridwen is inspired by the beauty of rural Britain. Not only are her designs adorable, they’re also eco-friendly, and, of course, handmade in Bristol.
8) Marble phone cases by Marbleous Roo
Marbleous Roo hand designs and makes marbled phone cases, miniatures and mirrors. Her cases are made for just about every iPhone you can imagine, and she makes custom designs if you have something particular in mind. No two designs are alike. We love them.
9) Waxed cotton accessories by Purple Patch Workshop
Purple Patch Workshop specialise in waxed cotton accessories, and they’re all handmade in Bristol. From small wash bags to weekend backpacks, they create a number of useful and durable designs. Their bags are made in small batches. Be sure to keep up with their Etsy store, because they’re in high demand.
10) Unisex handmade footwear by Ottowin Footwear
Ottowin Footwear was founded by Bristol-based couple Lucy Lloyd and Oliver Cross. The couple work from a small studio on a made-to-order basis, so you know your shoes will be made with love. They use traditional techniques and durable materials, and the shoes are made with a sustainable approach. All designs are unisex, and they’re pretty darn cool. Check out their Instagram and you’ll see what we mean.
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