Once again it’s time to reveal what we’re lusting after this month, and given that February is hotly tipped as the lustiest month, we’ve created a Valentine’s Wish List to honour the one day a year that celebrates love. Don’t fret though, it isn’t all dodgy mesh underwear and cheap chocolate over here. We’ve tried our very best to collate a selection of gifts and pieces created by designer-makers, creatives and independents, that’s pretty original, and super classy. So dear ones, whether you decide to pick up these goods for yourself or for someone special, Happy Valentine’s Day from us.
1. The excellently named East Wick are a brand new emporium that we’ve been loving for some time. Their pure, hand-poured soy wax candles are made in London and look super-cool. No over-the-top candied packaging or gender-specific nonsense. East Wick candles keep in neutral and look amazing. Pick up one of these to provide a little mood lighting and choose from a great range of earthy, delicious scent combinations. We love them.
2. Y’know who else we love? Estelle Morris. Estelle took part in YGT’s first art show as part of our collective and is a fantastic illustrator. We’re pretty stoked that her work now comes in temporary tattoo form. These Love Heart Hands are great. Better than getting someone’s name across your chest and regretting it, right?
3. Frances & Francis are a London-based paper art studio. They specialise in bespoke paper bouquets, illustrations, typography, animation, and set design too. There’s something wonderfully theatrical about paper flowers; they remind us of school plays and hastily-prepared Valentine’s gifts for crushes. The greatest thing about them is that they last forever. Keep your love in bloom with this everlasting Blooming Peony in a pot. Smart and beautiful stuff.
4. We’ve got a bit of a thing about foxes; we love them. The insanely talented Aitch has transferred lovely designs onto all manner of household items and this fox print is undoubtedly our favourite covering for tables, walls, chairs and anything and everything else. This fantastic wall clock would make the perfect addition to your, or your loved one’s creative workspace.
5. This Valentines Card by Stacie Swift has been selected because of a children’s book we happen to love. Written and illustrated by Clyde and Wendy Watson the book is titled Valentine Foxes and features some lovely images, a great storyline, craft ideas, and even a recipe for a Valentine’s cake. These days, cute foxes never fail to fill our minds with thoughts of love and a Fennec Fox is one of our favourites.
6. Deeply romantic and incredibly emotional, paintings by Alexandra Levasseur never fail to give us the feels. Whether you’re buying a beautiful gift for somebody you love or simply searching for a piece of art to gaze at while you wallow in the misery of your long-suffering love life, this is the print for you. Aptly named after allotropes, atoms that bond together, this print is a thing of beauty.
7. There’s no love quite like that of Wes Anderson’s characters and what with the release of the Grand Budapest Hotel Book just in time for Valentine’s Day, we thought that Alison Dillon‘s cushion might channel just the right amount of enduring fondness and fan-status while providing slightly more comfort than a book. Treat yourself, or maybe add an extra cushion to the love-nest.
8. Rob Ryan is the master of creating romantic designs. His paper cuts feature poetic odes to lovers, and his shop’s Valentine’s window this year even features our names! Thanks for that, Rob. This walnut laser cut key is a little something special. A great alternative to a box of chocolates and a lovely and enduring symbol of love.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth