Not to induce panic, but its 19 DAYS to Christmas. Having not started my Christmas shopping, finding the Bonbi Forest Indie Emporium may just save my life. This web emporium is a one-stop shop for independent designs from around the world. It sells everything from baby clothes to jewellery and cooking aprons. It’s like a beautifully designed, less corporate, version of John Lewis. Highlights include the collaboration with Bat For Lashes. These t-shirts are designed by artist, designer and owner of The Bonbi Forest Indie Emporium, Lee May Foster. Lee’s illustrations combine images of Pegasus, deer, wolves and stars with the Bat For Lashes logo. But this design is not just for Bat For Lashes aficionados, it is such a discreet reference that you don’t have to be a die-hard fan to wear it. Stocking filler treats can be found in the jewellery section. Fluffstuffs is one such label. Its fabric-covered rings, brooches and earrings feature whimsical cartoon designs, starring elephants, cats, teapots and ferris wheels (though not all at once – that would be madness). For more traditional jewellery, check out the fused glass rings and pendants by Amy Burhoe. They’re striking and still have an element of fun, as they resemble old-fashioned boiled sweets. Mmm. But don’t let my panic over Christmas gifts sway your opinion of this web-store. Like dogs, cats and pretty much all pets, The Bonbi Forest Indie Emporium is not just for Christmas, but for life.
- An interview with Lee May Foster-Wilson of Bonbi Forest
- Secret Emporium Christmas Market: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013
- Bonbi Forest: Brand new Enamel Pendants!
- The Secret Emporium at The Secret Garden Party Festival 2012
- The Ethical Christmas Emporium