There’s a strong tradition of makers and artisans here in the south west and the best way to see some of the creative spirit on offer is to browse the different art and handcrafted products in independent boutiques…
Perfectly located, Ryder & Hope’s grade II listed building just catches the soft sunshine that is cast over Lyme Regis high street. The classic William Morris quote about keeping only beautiful and useful items in your house embodies this little shop’s ethos. They offer a carefully curated selection including Lyme Regis paintings, velvet cushions (and other homeware), delicate gold jewellery, wildflower seeds and luscious house plants. Ryder & Hope offer a very peaceful shopping experience, and in the ‘Maverick’ spirit, select small makers and good design.
This store is making waves in the ethical shopping movement. Subject of a BBC documentary about circular fashion, Sancho’s aims to change the face of the high street and, more generally, is just a calming and lovely place to look for ethical clothing. Think perfect floaty dresses, comfy stretchy sportswear and sustainable organic socks. Lots of their garments are soft to touch – made of bamboo or organic cotton, and produced using more ethical processes (like their undyed denim). Shop here for a relaxed and contemporary style.
Juul at Home is an independent homeware store in pretty Ilfracombe. Artist in residence Sara Clarke shows her paintings here – stunning landscape and seascapes of North Devon that can add a patch of coastal sky to your home. Juul at Home is also brilliant for vegan skincare and zero waste shampoo bars.
Roake Studio make high-quality clothing like linen jumpsuits, breathable wrap dresses and chic, lightweight tops in gingham and muted colours. Poppy and Alice hand make garments to order from their studio on the Isle of Wight, cutting out waste material and meaning you can order clothes in the fabric and style that you prefer. A brilliant alternative to fast fashion. Pick up some Roake clothing from your local stockist or custom order to ship to your home.
Situated in The Old Courthouse, a quaint courtyard in Axminster, this independent shop is full of gifts, art homeware and beauty products. Here you can browse the produce of 60 local makers and modern British craftspeople. There are hand-carved spoons, handmade prints and some beautiful ceramics. For example, we spotted some stunning Devon-made wrapping paper in botanical designs, made with hand pressed leaf prints.
In the heart of beautiful Shaftesbury you’ll find one of the most charming shops in Dorset: The Botanical Candle Co. Steering away from paraffin, their small team of artisans make clean burning, soy wax candles in a range of woody, floral and citrus scents.
Walking round Bøde is like taking a lesson in contemporary design. There’s a whole range of moodlifting homeware that can bring spirit to empty corners, be it a vase in the shape of a fish, vibrant 70s mugs or kitsch candle holders. Their lifestyle books and art bring an injection of personality to a room and help create a playful and welcoming environment. There’s also retro-chic soft furnishings and unique pieces of furniture. Browse their collection in Sidmouth, full of punchy colours and fun shapes.
Sunshine & Snow want you to carefully select and cherish what you buy. You won’t miss the store in Bideford, its vibrant, block colour shop front is the perfect advert for all the design-led homeware and artisan lifestyle gifts inside. They have also launched a range of hand-picked vintage clothing, lots of one-of-a-kind blouses and cardigans. Browse the fashion, décor and plants or stop by at their coffee bar that sells cakes from Exeter’s favourite – The Exploding Bakery.
Featuring carefully curated items for life and home, Cherryade’s aesthetic is inspired by trends that influence modern life: slow living, minimalism, wabi-sabi, self-care, sustainability and the use of natural materials and textures. Inside their Poundbury store, high ceilings and huge arched windows create a space full of light, giving a welcoming and calming atmosphere in which customers can browse collections of design-led home and lifestyle items.
Three important themes underpin this beautiful shop: Land, Sea and Self. Each member of the FOLDE team has curated some of their favourite items in each of these areas, including original artwork, handcrafted jewellery, and an array of thoughtful giftware. FOLDE also brings together their favourite book titles, covering a range of topics, from foraging to saltwater swimming, mindfulness, and larking.
Chic lifestyle and homeware shop Caro is becoming a creative hub in itself, offering supper clubs and an impressive events space (that doubles up as a photography studio). It also hosts workshops throughout the year with themes such as fermentation and wreath making. They’ve curated a really beautiful selection of sophisticated craft products, and we’re particularly impressed by their jewellery, home fragrances and Caro chocolate.
Wanderlust Life is a jewellery & lifestyle label, born from a passion of travel and creative living on the north coast of Devon. Working from their shop and studio in Braunton, the team of makers and designers create minimal but meaningful jewellery using semi-precious faceted stones on delicate gold chains, their signature fine cord necklaces (a favourite here at Maverick), earrings, rings and bracelets.
This stylish brick & mortar store is brimming with objects that reflect Alice Collyer’s love for minimalist and authentic Scandinavian design. Step inside and you’ll be spoilt for choice by her curated selection of contemporary homewares, textiles and prints. Vintage finds and mid-century furniture rub shoulders with handmade artisan products, children’s toys and Danish ceramics.
Step inside ROSE The Store on 15 Seamoor Road for sun-kissed interiors and consciously sourced wares for yourself and your home. It’s a warm and inviting space where you’ll feel inspired to embrace a country-meets-coast style and browse brands that embody the spirit of effortless, laidback living. Go on – treat yourself to a new pair of sunglasses or a gorgeously scented candle!
This cool, slate shop overlooks Rotherfold Square in Totnes. Owner Chloe O’Brien’s appreciation for the handmade is clear, as she sources and sells a pretty collection of tactile ceramics, hand-poured candles, unique jewellery and bath oils. Basically, Me and East stocks all sorts of things you’ll want to pick up and take home with you – all made by small UK businesses and independent craftspeople.