This month may be the last we see of the summer in London, but we’ve had a pretty good run, haven’t we? Among the best of our experiences are our trips to the seaside so naturally, in honour of the good times, we’ve opted for a sunny seaside theme. It just seems right for August, given that we’ve visited marvellous Margate, lived it up in Brighton, wandered Telscombe’s chalky cliffs and confirmed, once again that the UK’s coast is a magical place. We like to celebrate the places we’re from, the spots we love and all the wonderful villages, towns and cities we visit around Britain so here’s to August and all things beloved and beachy.
1. Gamma Folk‘s blue and white Necklace No. 15 is crafted from naturally-dyed hand-braided rope. We thought it a good way to kick off the list as not only is it a lovely thing, beautifully finished, neutrally presented and handmade, it’s also been created by native Californian Lily Piyathaisere, and you know how we feel about the sands of the west coast. Nautically inspired and crafted in New York, this accessory reminds us of beach-combing, salty air and the found treasures of the city simultaneously.
2. Etsy is filled with beautiful and useful things, however this month we’ve probably been enjoying their tutorials more than their individual seller’s pages. Speaking of which, this make your own kite piece from their blog provoked a wonderful trip down memory lane. If you remember flying a kite on coastal cliffs and sandy beaches across the UK, you’re a creative after our own hearts. Simple, snazzy and perfect for a windy summer’s day, this design is easy to source and put together. Once it’s constructed, give it a test flight and then hit the seaside.
3. We’ve admired the Washed Out Soap Co. for quite a while and it’s been a pleasure to watch their business take off. Thier Salt of The Earth soap is a gentle sea-salt bar infused with kaolin clay. Ideal for sensitive skin, the company’s products are all vegan, natural and produced fresh from the Washed Out kitchen in Newcastle upon Tyne. Hand-stamped and finished with minimalist packaging, treat yourself or someone you love to a little piece of the ocean.
4. Oh deckchairs, for years you’ve endured as a symbol of the British summertime, of happy trips to the pebbled beaches of the south coast, buckets and spades and candy-striped, if overpriced, merry-go-rounds. If you’ve ever accidentally put your elbow through a deckchair’s canvas, you’ll know what it is to have committed an act of violence against your heritage. It really is horrible and very difficult to patch up. Fear not though, because this Delft Blue Deckchair from Thornback and Peel is a hardy and especially good-looking revamp of the classic recliner. In their signature Sardine Tins print, this chair is a celebration of summer.
5. Sachie Kaneko also known as Kusafune creates lovely ceramics with a million uses. Well, maybe not a million uses but this playful blue whale can either be used as a planter or a unique pot for change, paperclips or pencils. Alternatively simply find a home for him on a desk or windowsill to inspire dreams of the sea. He really is a cutie.
6. Lomography has long been a grand interest of ours and the guys who run the show never cease to amaze us with their incredible lo-fi shots. If, like us, you’re a little impatient when it comes to the time-honoured art of developing your film, this is the perfect camera for you. The Lomo’Instant Havana Edition is super-light, simple to modify and very easy to wield. We’re in love with the bright blue colourway and even more excited about the latest Lomo exhibition, a showcase of Emily Soto’s photographs at the Lomography Gallery shop in Soho.
7. During our trip to the magical coastal town of Margate earlier this month, we popped into the Glass Jar, a seafront cocktail bar with a relaxed old library vibe, to check out Alex Foster‘s work. His fantastic illustrations currently line the walls infusing the surroundings with contemporary and colourful seaside flavour. We also spotted this Margate Art Map Print in the gift shop at Turner Contemporary Gallery but you can pick one up from Alex’s online shop just as easily. We love this town and everything about it and know you will too.
8. The lovely Moonko shop is a Sheffield-based store filled with gorgeous handmade things. Now, we are aware that Sheffield is equidistant between two UK coastlines but that doesn’t prevent us from loving the nautical wonders purveyed by the store. This Boats Pom Pom Cushion is top of our list. Crafted from luxuriously soft materials with an origami print and bright pom poms trimming the edges, it’s a reminder of why we love to be beside the seaside.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth