Shop Indie: My Favourite Places to Shop for Adults 2014



Kat Molesworth

{Image: Xanthe Berkeley for Blogtacular}

You know I love to shop in independently owned shops. I adore designers and tapping into the creative community’s style.

Many of the shops and designers listed here have become friends and even clients over the years. I feel incredibly blessed to live in a time when I can come into contact with so many incredible people.

In the first half of my Shop Indie guide for 2014 I shared my favourite places to shop for children. Now let’s talk about the grown ups! This is a definitive list of all of the shops I love and have bought from this year…

The Hambledon

Shops for Adults

I want to tell you that my house is really cool because I know the best places to shop but sadly I lack the drive to get tasks started let alone finished in most cases. Instead my house has really cool stuff, is half decorated and very messy.

The Hambledon: My long term love where I have been lusting over their product range since I was a teenager. It’s one of those places that showed me I could shop out of the mainstream and satisfy my frustrated style. Pretty much everyone who comes to visit me gets a trip into The Hambledon because once you’re in you’re in love. Their Christmas decorations are stunning each year and the Solstice Fairy has been known to shop here. I can not tell you how wonderful it is without ruining the surprise, come visit and we’ll go in together. Now repeat after me children: Where do presents for Mama come from? The Hambledon!

Donna Wilson: Back in the 80s knitwear made my blood run cold, not least because I had to model it in ‘fashion shows’ horrors! These days I’m all about the knit and love Donna’s designs above all others. Her work sits firmly in the aspiration camp for my budget but the few small pieces I have bought over the years are stunning. Come here for knitted creatures, stunning cushions and woollens to keep you warm as well as ceramics.

Ladybird Likes: I adore Ladybird Likes goodies and love wearing my pug necklace. If you love kitsch jewellery this is where you should be shopping.

Kitschy Coo: There is nowhere on Earth where you can buy cooler knit fabric. Turn it into tops, trousers, and dresses with Amanda’s patterns and you’re away. I am dying to visit her store in Edinburgh – if you’re there stop by for me, won’t you?

Camila Prada: I have developed an obsession for ceramics. Camila Prada is definitely responsible for this! Her quirky creatures are totally worth it and this year I managed to snag one or two for myself.

Lollipop Designs: Lollipop is the home of stylish organisation. I can’t face a busy week without having my time mapped on their weekly planner.

Let's Dance The People Shop

{Image: Allison Sadler for The People Shop}

The People Shop: I wish The People Shop was near me as I would be in there all of the time chatting to Allison who has run it for nearly two decades now. If you’re in Birmingham & The Midlands head here for workshops, socials and the full range of products. For those of you online their site has some of the range available – I’m lusting after the Let’s Dance print pictured above.

Pink Castle Fabrics: I have a few favourites when it comes to buying fabric but in terms of US based sellers Pink Castle is miles ahead. Great service and loads of luscious flannels.

Geninne: Geninne is a daily inspiration. Her desktop images, instagram feed and prints never cease to make me feel happy. I only wish I could buy some of the ceramics she has been working on – they have my heart!

Tatty Devine: There is nowhere I love to lust more than Tatty Devine. Their perspex jewellery is always a cut above the pack. I have two of their legendary name necklaces and a wish list as long as my arm…

Lisa Stubbs: Lisa’s work is filled with the joy of family life. I could hang every single one of her prints.

Chevron Wrapping

Atelier Stella: I am a little dotty for these quirky ceramic vases. About once a month Atelier Stella uploads new items to the shop but you have to move fast as they sell out within minutes. It’s worth noting that at the time of writing Atelier Stella and West Elm have a collaboration going and you can buy a selection of vases and pots in West Elm globally.

Backstitch: I have a few fabric shops who I buy from in the UK – Backstitch is one I browse frequently. I have been a fan since Alice opened her doors and continue to be tempted by her well edited collection.

Phoebe Wahl: Phoebe’s art makes me feel like I could just step into it and carry on living. I have already bought the Taproot calendar for 2015 and can’t wait for a year of Phoebe’s art.

Beardbangs: I adore these fun and colourful ceramics. I recently procrastinated too long over a limited edition on Jealous Creator’s only to feel bereft when they sold out. Lesson learned – grab them while you can!

Simply Solids: I love Simply Solids for having all of the great solid and basic pattern quilting fabrics in one place. Justine is always incredibly helpful when I come to her with questions even if it means pointing me in a different direction – now that is excellent customer service.

Shanna Murray: Happiness for Your Walls – that’s the best description of any business ever, right? Shanna’s decals and messages of love pepper our home spreading joy and weaving love into the fabric of our home.


Tattly: I love body art but I just can’t commit to permanent tattoos. Thankfully one of my favourite internets decided that temporary tattoos were in desperate need of an overhaul. Tattly was born and kicked off a new wave of temporary tattoos. I really can’t get enough of them.

Hunkydory Home: Want a home filled with fun objects, print and colour? Hunkydory Home is the place to shop. With an ever-updating product range you will be spoiled for choice.

Present & Correct: The ultimate stationery shop for those of us who go weak at the knees around paper goods.

Housewife Confidential

Emily McDowell: typography + sharp wit = ultimate joy. I love love love Emily’s work and get a kick out of  carrying my Groceries & Shit bag even if it does nearly break my children not to read it out.

Sophie Alice Wiltshire: I spotted a papercut by Sophie in a friend’s home recently and promptly came home to purchase one for Mr Kat. Love her work and if you’re a papercut fan you’ll want to check out her prints.

Mini Moderns: Where do I even start with Mini Moderns? Their style is impeccable and they bring this into every product that they produce. From wallpaper to homewares you will find plenty to swoon over. Having had a sneaky peek at some upcoming releases I can confidently say that 2015 is going to see them going from strength to strength.

Nikki McWilliams: If you spent your childhood sat in village halls at coffee mornings, as I did, you will no doubt have a certain affection for the unique designs of British biscuits. Nikki’s work gives biscuit designers the wider audience they deserve. From biscuit cushions to jewellery you are going to love her playful designs.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Lianne December 16, 2014 at 10:10 am

    nice list and some new names for me that I will definitely check out, thanks!

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