Trend alert! Artisanal style
Delicate embroidery, expert craftsmanship and dreamy fabrics - we're coveting chic for summer. Here are 16 pieces to add to your (handwoven) basket, including a few local gems.
Attitudes to style are shifting – we’re becoming more mindful about what we buy and are appreciating great craftsmanship more than ever. And with summer comes an influx of gorgeous artisanal goodies – think fringing, basketweave, tassels and beautiful embroidery.
These kind of items are perfect for the warmer months – they’re playful, light and work well in the sunshine – plus this year any clothing and interiors pieces that bring us joy are particularly welcome.
Tassels, detailed embroidery, ballon sleeves – this Vanessa Bruno shirt ticks all the boxes for ’70s chic. Available from Herts boutique Amelie.
£147 down from £210
Soak up the rays, and the envious looks, on the beach with this fab round raffia number, complete with gorg pom poms. It’s fun and fuctional and available from Tring’s Moo Boutique.
White trainers are a summer essential and we’ll be upgrading ours to this stunning embroidered pair from Anthropologie. Muddy loves.
Go short or go home! The embroidered cutouts and pintuck detailing on this Zara dress make it look way more expensive than it is. Dress up with strappy sandals, or down with chunky white trainers.
£39.99 reduced from £59.99
Remember these? Scrunchies are having a renaissance and these silky, embellished ones, from Free People, are just the ticket. Style with a low bun for a low-key look.
Kaftans aren’t just for the beach, you know. This beautiful linen-blend embroidered number will be your chicest sartorial choice this summer. Mango have pulled it out the bag with this one and it’s currently on sale. Result.
£89.99 reduced from £99.99
A basket bag is an easy-peasy way to nail the artisan trend and we love sunset colours on this handwoven, bucket-shaped number. Available from quirky London boutique KoiBird.
Oxfordshire-based brand Thread Tales ticks off tradition, luxury and responsibility with its handwoven scarves that use age-old techniques by artisans in Nepal and Myanmar. This subtly striped blue linen version is the perfect evening cover up.
Add to basket
Up your storage style game with these woven seagrass nesting baskets, from Oliver Bonas. We’ll be filling ours with old glossies or indoor plants.
This floaty embroidered dress is made for summer strolls and is a steal for under £50 (thanks H&M!). Pair with a woven tote or hat for added artisan chic.
Throwing on a decent hat instantly elevates an outfit and the bright design on this classic panama shape is a real talking point. It’s handwoven, hand-painted and comes in 15 fun designs. Available from Nadia C.
For pieces that ooze craftsmanship anything from M.A.B.E is a no brainer. The delicate buttons and embroidery give this ecru blouse a luxe feel, plus added style points for the shoulder ruffles and collar.
Take my place
Pretty up your placemats with a set of these easy-clean, 100% organic mats from luxe Winchester-based department store The Hambledon. They come with a nifty matching basket for storage too.
How wonderful is this? Rising star British designer Alice Archer is known for her artisanal print and embroidery techniques and luckily for us, she’s just created an affordable range with Anthropologie. This is basically an English country garden in duvet set form.
Over the rainbow
Summer wardrobe favourite? This 100% cotton, rainbow stripe dress from Oxfordshire-based boutique Rae Feather is a strong contender. Flattering, versatile (throw over a swimsuit by day or a slip for dinner) and totally gorgeous.
Want to continue the shopping spree? See our feature on artisan woven totes here.