Following a slow fashion approach, Alina Kovaleva started her own womenswear label in Moscow as part of her final project for her degree in clothing design.
Stephanie Beard founded esby in 2014 with the idea of creating quality clothing for women with menswear mentality, proudly made in the US and designed to last.
Run by Benjamin Holmes and Joe Torr, Village is an independent bookshop and gallery offering a curated selection of magazines, books and zines focusing on contemporary art, design, fashion and photography.
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Cliff, Zeejay, Fidella and Helios are the founders of The Alphabet Press, a letterpress stationery company seeking to preserve the heritage of this traditional printing method through its contemporary designs and products.
Martin Ringlet and Jérôme Hubert are the founders of Au Marché Noir, a restaurant and takeaway serving different daily dishes depending on the produce grown by the local farmers they work with.
Seoul, South Korea
After a few 9 to 5 jobs that left little time for creativity, husband and wife Lee Dong Youl and Choi Kyung Joo decided to start working together on printing label Artist Proof and their recently opened store AP Shop.
After becoming a mum, Antonella Pesenti realised that it wasn’t easy to ride her bike with her children. It was during a trip to Copenhagen that she discovered cargo bikes and decided to start her own business, Fridabike, in order to introduce this type of bikes to Italian mums.
Under the name of Conpot, Alastair Mitchell started making hand-cast concrete planters using different aggregate combinations, inspired by his background in industrial design and architecture.
Founded by Goldsmiths graduates Catherine and Matt West, Pottery West specialises in simple, functional ceramic homeware for everyday use, inspired by their love of cuisine, botany, landscape, literature and architecture.
Andrés Gallardo and Marina Casal are the founders of jewellery and accessories brand ANDRESGALLARDO. With no formal training in jewellery but a shared passion for artisanal production methods, Andrés and Marina established their own company in 2011.
Simon Busse studied Industrial Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and at Eindhoven Design Academy. After working for several design studios across Europe he decided to start his own focusing on furniture, product and interior design projects.
Jeanne Holsteyn and Maxime Dubois are the founders of Library of Arts, an innovative bookstore, gallery, publishing house and studio renewing their stock of books every 6 months based on different themes.
Ocelot Chocolate is run by newly married couple Ish and Matt Broadbent, who left their jobs as chefs to pursue their dream of running their own business and making the most delicious confectionery.
New York City, US
Jeffrey Silverstein and Chris Muccioli are the founders of Singles Club, a subscription based record club and digital music journal. Working from Chris’ apartment in Brooklyn, Singles Club release an exclusive 7″ record every quarter paired with online stories on the featured musicians.
New Delhi, India
Shyam, Himanshu and Mia are three of the founders of sustainable jeans label KORRA. Each pair of jeans that leaves the company’s workshop in New Delhi is completed by one tailor from start to finish, in an attempt to bring the customer closer to the maker and stay away from mass manufacturing.
Marc Cairns is a Scottish architectural designer, producer and gallerist. After working for 2 years at an architecture studio in New York, Marc decided to go back to Glasgow and establish his projects Pidgin Perfect, MANY and The Telfer Gallery.
Lebrel is a product and furniture design project run by Fernando Abellanas, a Spanish plumber who, designers and architects from the 60’s and the 70’s, has designed and built everything that surrounds him from a very young age.
Founded by Evangelia Koutsovoulou, Daphnis and Chloe is a culinary herb company selling high quality herbs and spices sourced from local farmers to chefs and home cooks who are looking for high quality Mediterranean ingredients.
goodbeans is a London-based social enterprise run by friends and business partners Rosa Escoda and Becky Neale. Since 2013, they’ve been making cold brew coffee with the aim to fund services which will benefit the community.
Greatly influenced by architecture and contemporary art, Bulgarian fashion designer Vladimir Karaleev has been creating women’s and menswear pieces, and experimenting with new cuts and silhouettes from his studio in Berlin since 2006.
New York City, US
After running his own t-shirt label for a few years and moving to New York, designer Jordan Wunder founded his company Wunder Leathers with the main goal of creating a functional, high quality, perfect fitting leather motorcycle jacket.
After meeting in art school and working as assistants for different fashion houses, Amanda Cumming and Kate Reynolds founded PAGEANT in 2010 – an independent label specialising in streetwear with a high fashion twist.
San Francisco, US
Originally founded by Luca Antonucci and Carissa Potter, Colpa Press is a publishing company specialising in hand-made art books and limited edition prints, whilst being involved in a number of parallel projects including a kiosk and film cycles.
Coyote Bags is a backpack label founded in 2011 by Florencia Tagle and Matías Sierra. From their studio and shop space in Santiago de Chile, Florencia and Matías apply traditional techniques to manufacture their bags using materials from local providers.
Anaïs and Michiel are the founders of Going East, am Antwerp-based multidisciplinary team of young architects, craftsmen and designers who work on projects ranging from creating new interiors to organising pop-up shops and bars.
Adèle Favreau and Maxime Prou decided to swap the Parisian chaos for the peacefulness of the French countryside. From their studio, Adèle and Max experiment with screen printing and other graphic techniques to create their colourful and abstract works.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Since 2005, artist Irana Douer has been running Ruby Mag, a magazine featuring the work of artists from different countries, which led her to opening her own gallery and shop space where she curates the work of like-minded artists and designers.
After meeting at university, Marta Mnich and Lukasz Wojciechowski founded Vroa, an award winning architecture studio based in Wroclaw. Marta and Lukasz tell us about their inspirations, design process and architecture in Poland.
Ariadna Guirado and Ernest Vidal are the makers of About Arianne, a contemporary shoe label based in Barcelona. Since 2010 they’ve been creating elegant and timeless pieces that attract customers from all around the world.
Business partners David Law and Tom Hyde set a new standard in the Third Wave of Coffee – a movement that treats coffee with complexity and appreciation of flavour – with Brew Lab, their newly opened coffee shop in Edinburgh.