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  • In Conversation with Meadows Designer Louise Markey

    February 26 2021 – Mercantile London

    In Conversation with Meadows Designer Louise Markey

        Meadows is a romantic and feminine collection designed in Hackney, East London, by Australian born, Central Saint Martins graduate, Louise Markey. Inspired by Victoriana, prairie-style, and folklore the collection embodies a distinct point of difference and whilst it draws on various historical periods is infused with a wearable, modern sensibility. We caught up with founder and womenswear designer...

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  • Spring Moodboard

    February 19 2021 – Mercantile London

    Spring Moodboard

    One of the new season moods offers up glimpses of romance and feminine details inspired by Victoriana, prairie-style, and folklore. Centred around the return to a slower approach, designers current attitudes are being inspired by various sources.  Looking to the past, embroidery and lace draw their inspiration largely from heritage crafts and traditional skills passed down through generations. Floral printed...

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  • Valentine's Edit - The Hidden Language of Flowers

    January 29 2021 – Mercantile London

    Valentine's Edit - The Hidden Language of Flowers

        Significance has been attached to certain flowers, plants, and herbs in many ancient cultures around the world. The Egyptians revered the lotus flower with its own feast day, and offered rose petals to the gods, Greek mythology included tales of Hyacinth and Narcissus, who both became associated with their flower form after death, and the Romans linked many...

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  • Green Shoots

    January 22 2021 – Mercantile London

    Green Shoots

      "Green is the fresh emblem of well-founded hopes. In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can rest". – Mary Webb   One of the nations favourite colours (after blue) and with more shades than any other colour, the colour green was revered by ancient cultures. Egyptians used forms of malachite and azurite to decorate their temples,...

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  • How To Layer For the Cold

    January 09 2021 – Mercantile London

    How To Layer For the Cold

      With the current combination of snow, rain, wind chill and occasional glimpse of winter sunshine it can be tricky to dress in the cold season. However, with some inventive layering you can stay cosy and comfortably stylish. Below are some easy styling ideas, with pieces from both the winter sale and SS21 collections, that will work in any combination...

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  • Behind Our Brands - Q&A with Tanaka

    January 06 2021 – Mercantile London

    Behind Our Brands - Q&A with Tanaka

      Here at Mercantile London, we are fortunate to work with some amazing small brands, designers, and craftspeople that are helping to change the way we consume and impact upon the planet. Tanaka is an apothecary brand whose sustainable formulations and zero waste products are rooted in nature.  The chunky, tacile bars are made with a unique blend of butters...

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  • London Based Brands - Shyla Jewellery

    January 01 2021 – Mercantile London

    London Based Brands - Shyla Jewellery

      Morally motivated, Shyla London is a jewellery brand creating timeless, demi-fine collections. All styles in the collection are made with a sterling silver base with 22 carat gold plate, the semi-precious stones used are natural and the metals are ethically sourced or recycled. “In a world of fast fashion, consumerism is turning the planet into a sweat shop haven...

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  • Sale Picks Under Fifty

    December 29 2020 – Mercantile London

    Sale Picks Under Fifty

      The Mercantile winter sale is on, and below we have an edit of sale pieces that will refresh your current wardrobe, transcend the seasons and still come in under fifty pounds.     Dr Denim Mens Titus Cashew Check ShirtNow £43.00 (Was £62.00)     Markberg Faith Yellow Snake Coin PurseNow £25.00 (Was £50.00)     Bellerose Larya Red...

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  • Scandi Sale Picks

    December 22 2020 – Mercantile London

    Scandi Sale Picks

      Incorporating Denmark, Norway and Sweden,  'scandi' based style has had a huge influence on the world in terms of interiors, fashion, food and the hugely popular concept of hygge. Like most Europeans, Scandinavian based designers favour quality fabrics, along with a classic colour palette of grey, black, and cream juxtaposed with vivid brights and print.  With a distinct Scandinavian...

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  • Guest Edit - Tanaka's Seasonal Wish List

    December 15 2020 – Mercantile London

    Guest Edit - Tanaka's Seasonal Wish List

    Founded in 2019 by Leonara Manyangadze, TANAKA is a handmade soap brand. Tanaka (n.) [tah-nah-kah] is a Zimbabwean Shona name, meaning 'we are good', and it is this sentiment that guides their mission. TANAKA make bars of soap to benefit skin health and boost wellbeing and, in doing so, rid the world of plastic waste. Being fans of her beautifully...

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