Independent Designers galore at That Thing’s Festival Edition 2018

Oh heya… Look who got new hurrr! You might have noticed I got a wee trim whilst I was in India but I finally got re blond-efied this week by my pal Jody at Shambarbers – isn’t she clever! Here I am doing my best Marilyn Monroe in a skirt I got from the latest Bzzaar jumble and this mega curly ‘do which even managed to stay in over night – wizardry…!

Hot off the heels of Fashion Revolution week and my post on ethical festival style I really wanted to show you this lovely new tee I got this week which is a collaboration between ethical screen printing brand Lost Shapes and one of my favourite bloggers Tolly Dolly Posh. It’s lush, fair trade & organic with a meaning behind it… Tolly says of her design:

“Of course, the ‘Keep on Asking’ I’m referring to within my designs, is the idea of asking those who are in charge and capable of real change, to answer questions. This stems back to great initiatives like Fashion Revolution and #WhoMadeMyClothes, as well as just conscious consumerism in general. In order to become more transparent, we need questions to be answered.”

Aaaand as a bonus it’s pink & orange – my fave colour combo ever! Make sure you check out Tolly’s blog – she creates kick ass, interesting and beautifully curated content with an ethical fashion focus AND she’s only 17! (But has basically been blogging since she was in the womb)  You can also shop the #LSxTDP collection here.

Additional shout out to Olivia who took these photos of me… I’d never met her before and she was very obliging when i madly brandished a camera at her (I may have had a few gins by this point…)

And that leads me neatly on to the event!

Party time!! On Thursday I went down to the annual That Thing independent festival designers showcase  –  I cannot believe its two years since the first one of these events…  Last year’s edition only feels like yesterday! It also marks three years since I first stocked my headpieces in there! Oh how time flies!

Festival turbans and sunglasses jazzy festival style Bristol

Pica pica feather headpiece with flowers and pom pom trim

Sneaky peek at my new silk two-pieces

Ponyo!

Twinning hard in Manners LDN

Alba, Jody (who did my do!) and Rhi checking out Pica Pica’s new head wraps!

Last night was definitely the best one ever…! I dropped off a few of my new silk two-pieces (proper collection still to launch, it’s been looong to say the least! Sign up to my mailing list here to hear when it does first)

Some amazing new designers were welcomed into the fold like my lovely festival pal Vic of Pica Pica Feathers wither her wondrous head wraps and magnificent headpieces as well as my fabulous friend Emma of Duvet Days with her jazzy recycled trews that you might remember from this post!

Keeping it local, keeping it independent and keeping it fresh…

It was really great to see how exciting all the new stock coming in was – especially at a time when more and more often high streets shops are ripping off designs that used to be found exclusively in the fields and marquees of UK festivals!

As well as catching up with old mate, it was really lovely to finally meet some internet acquaintances in real life like sassy sustainable style blogger Emma of Not my First Rodeo and fellow designer Laura of Euphoric Threads who has just moved to Bristol!

Emma of Not My First Rodeo & That Thing boss lady Joh

Amazing Headcase Headwear turban! Emma of No Debutante sassin’.

Emma of Duvet Days in her custom Kokomo necklace

Other new designers who were featured include the wonderful Headcase Headwear with those next level turbans and Manners London, who are responsible for those amazing catsuits above as well as the many many others that make up the 60+ independent designers that Joh gives a platform to in her shop!

Boss lady Joh in a Pica Pica headwrap

Alba headwrapping!

Sequinned festival visor

Jazzy af Pica Pica visor

Trusty deejays Steve & Duncan <3

Make sure you’re giving That Thing a follow and if you’re local definitely drop in to their beautiful store on Stokes Croft!

Get your fill of the best independent designers I’ve featured before or find yourself some more festival wear inspiration in my previous posts!

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