We Built This City, London

Went to check out another shop stocking some great independent brands a few week back. This time getting away from the fashion & jewellery brands I’ve been featuring and coming across some lovely gifts and souvenirs.

We built This City – 46 Carnaby Street, London

We Built This City, London - Authentic Gems - Travel blog by Hannah Cackett

Have to say I very much agree with what they say on their website.

“With London now the most visited city on the planet – and being home to one of the most creative communities in the world – we thought it was high time that souvenirs reflected the true creativity of this city and supported our homegrown talent at the same time.”

I come across so many brilliant brands when I’m out visiting places to feature or spending my time on twitter & instagram. Yet so many souvenir shops are still full with the same old rubbish they have been selling for decades.

Independent Brands on sale

There were so many things to choose from when I was deciding what to feature. But here’s just a few of the brands I’ve decided to go with. These artistic prints by Oscar Francis featuring the repetitive geometry of buildings, and the hand drawn illustration style of Sarah Tanat Jones really stood out.

Oscar Francis – Prints & Textiles
Sarah Tanat Jones – llustrator

I didn’t get any info on any of the brands featured in this photo (clearly still amateur at this blogging thing.) But if you happen to know anything about the lovely person/people who make any of these please do let me know in the comments.

There are also loads of great books and stationary that I recommend you go check out.

It’s what I do and I’m a bit obsessed. So of course the design of the shop stood out to me as much as the lovely things that were on sale. I’m in love with the stair and shopfront graphic artwork by The City Works

The City Works – Illustrators website

There are so many more amazing brands on sale at We built This City. Plus there’s always loads of events and stuff going on that you can find out about on their website. If you are a lover or souvenirs, love creative independent brands or just find yourself with a bit of time to kill in London. Go check this place out, I would definitely recommend it.

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